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If you require treatment local hospitals and private clinics should be able to stabilise you, but you would normally be medically evacuated to Malta or mainland Europe for further treatment. You should ensure that your insurance covers you for such an event.
Seek medical advice before travelling to Tunisia and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention visit the websites of the NaTHNaC www.nathnac.org/travel/index.htm
Most nationalities don’t need a visa to enter Tunisia and may stay up to 90 days.
Visitors intending to stay in Tunisia longer than 90 days, should request a permission to extend the duration of their stay at the nearest police precinct to their place of residence Before visiting we advise you to confirm with your local Tunisian embassy.
Alcohol is allowed in this Muslim country, and it’s easily available in bars, supermarkets, and tourist places. Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink.
The Tunisian Dinar is the currency of Tunisia, and the currency is TND.
Visa or MasterCard are the most accepted credit cards as payment.
ATMs are widely available in tourist resorts and in most towns. Most ATMs are linked to the Visa network though a few, such as ATMs connected to the Bank of Tunisia, also accept Maestro.
Bank Openings hours:
The opening hours of the bank are Mon-Thu 0800-1200 and 1400-1630, Fri 0800-1200 and 1300-1630. During July and August and in Ramadan banks are open for shorter hours of Mon-Fri 0800-1130.
Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates change yearly.
Mon-Fri 0730-1300 and 1700-2000, Sat 0800-1200 (summer); Mon-Fri 0900-1230 and 1430-1800, Sat 0800-1200 (winter).
Arabic and French are the most widely used languages. General business is best conducted outside of the peak holiday periods, and visits can often be impractical over Ramadan.
It is advisable to only drink bottled water during your stay.
When to go:
Tunisia has a typical Mediterranean climate, so summers can by very hot, particularly further south as one approaches the Sahara. Ideal times to travel in the northern and central Tunisia are from April to June, and from September to December. In July and August, you are almost assured of very sunny days. The best time to travel around the desert is from mid September to late November and from March to early May. Visiting the desert in July and August in not advised.
Medical Attention / Emergencies:
Taking out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling to Tunisia is essential. If you are bringing medication into the country for a pre-existing medical condition, carry a letter from your doctor listing the names of the medications, and any syringes or needles, you are carrying with you. Tunisia’s public healthcare system often provides excellent care in larger towns, but be aware that you have to pay for treatment, usually in cash, straight away whether you have travel insurance or not. Larger towns also have private hospitals called ‘polyclinics’ which provide a range of procedures.
The emergency/ambulance phone number in Tunisia is 190. Ambulance arrival times can be delayed and the service is not available in more rural areas.
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Clothing, textiles, mechanical goods, chemicals, and agricultural products.
Textiles, machinery, equipment, chemicals and food.
Main trading partners:
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Libya.
Tunisia offers all kind of transport from bikes to metros to trains to buses.
Tunis Air is the national airline.
Tunis to Djerba (55 minutes); Tunis to Monastir (35 minutes); Tunis to Sfax (45 minutes); Tunis to Tozeur (1 hour 5 minutes).