Tunisia Travel Information
Tunisian authorities have closed the borders and
imposed strict restrictions on domestic traffic. A
curfew has been introduced. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
In recent years there have been several minor
terrorist attacks. At the beginning of March 2020, there
was a suicide attack outside the US embassy in Tunis,
where the two attackers and a policeman were killed.
Terrorism: Terrorist attacks on
western destinations and tourist sites pose a risk in
Tunisia. Both al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) and
other local groups are active. Several of the terrorist
attacks have been targeted at tourists, but security
forces are also the target of many of these groups.
Visitors should therefore be cautious when traveling
near public buildings or near police and security
In June 2015, a terrorist killed 39 people, all
European tourists, at a beach hotel in Sousse. Isil has
assumed responsibility for this attack. Just over three
months earlier, 21 European tourists were killed when
terrorists attacked the Bardo Museum in the capital
Authorities reintroduced the state of emergency in
November 2015, and this continues to apply. The state of
emergency gives the security authorities extensive
powers to, inter alia, to dissolve assemblies, restrict
freedom of movement and impose curfew. There may be a
larger supply of police and military in central areas.
There have been a number of cases of social unrest and
demonstrations in several parts of the country in recent
years. These can degenerate into violence, and visitors
should stay away.
- Countryaah: Tunis is the capital
of Tunisia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Crime: Pay attention to pickpockets
and other criminals. Avoid traveling with expensive
jewelry, watches and other valuables that may attract
unwanted attention Keep your mobile phone, wallet and
passport in a safe place. Should you experience being
robbed, contact the nearest police station to report the
Possession and use of any drug, even in minimal
quantities, is strictly prohibited and severely
punished. Bring a doctor's certificate if you have any
prescription, addictive drugs in the country. It is
illegal to take pictures of police/security forces and
Traffic safety and transport:
Traffic rules are rarely respected and great care must
be exercised everywhere and at all times. Travel on
unlit roads after dark is advised, especially in porky
Avoid pirate taxis. Use e.g. taxis that have been
"pre-approved" by serious hotels. Travel with so-called
"louages" between the cities is not recommended. It is a
good standard on motorways, but the national roads have
variable quality. It is advisable to use aircraft or
trains for longer transport stages. If Tunisian
authorities are held responsible for a major traffic
accident, they risk imprisonment pending trial. When
interfering in minor traffic accidents, one should fill
out a form called "Constat Amiable", which is signed by
both parties. The form is available from the insurance
companies and car rental companies.
The authorities have roadblocks in both urban and
rural areas. Especially outside the major cities and
tourist zones, one should be prepared to be stopped
along the road for ID and travel documents. Please note
that terrorist/ criminal actors have been setting up
false roadblocks in the countryside.
After the revolution in 2011, Tunisia has been
characterized by demonstrations and social unrest. Both
resident and visiting Norwegians should avoid large
crowds and demonstrations. Follow the advice of local
authorities and follow on local media.
Women's safety: In Tunisia,
traditional clothing and hijab go hand in hand with
western dress code. Outside of major cities and tourist
areas, however, it is advisable to cover your knees and
shoulders to avoid unwanted attention.
Should you be harassed or run into other problems,
scream or create a scene so police or others can come to
Sexual orientation: Homosexuality is
punishable in Tunisia. Transsexuals can also be
Travel registration : The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends all Norwegians
traveling to Tunisia for short or long stays to register
Insurance: Norwegian citizens are
encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
Local emergency numbers: Police 197, Ambulance 190,
Fire/Accidents 198, National Guard 193, Power/Gas 196
Emergency: Norwegian citizens in
need or crisis are asked to contact the Tunis Consulate
General for assistance:
Consulate General Royal de Norv¨¨ge in Tunis Rue du
Lac Constance, Immeuble Carthage Center, Block B, no B4,
1053 Les Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis, e-mail:
[email protected], telephone: +216 71 860 924
The embassy in Algiers can also be contacted by
email: [email protected] / tel. +47 23 95 55 83.
If it is urgent, contact UD's 24-hour operating
center on +47 23 95 00 00. The center can also be
reached by e-mail: UDops @ mfa.no.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens on tourist visits can stay in
Tunisia for up to 90 days without a visa.
Citizens with Norwegian-Tunisian (dual) citizenship
should be aware that the country's authorities consider
them Tunisian citizens during their stay in Tunisia.
This limits the amount of assistance the Norwegian
authorities can provide. Norwegian women who are
married/cohabiting with Tunisian citizens must be aware
that any common children automatically become Tunisian
citizens if their father is Tunisian.
Pets can be introduced but must be vaccinated against
rabies. Vaccination certificate and health certificate
must be presented.
Coronavirus (covid-19): On March 2,
the coronavirus (covid-19) was detected in Tunisia. To
stop the spread of disease, Tunisia has closed its
borders and adopted strict restrictions on domestic
traffic. A curfew has been introduced. Further measures
may be coming. For more information, see WHO situational
updates on the Coronavirus disease situation report.
Also consult local media, eg La Presse, TAP: Information
is also available on the website of the Tunisian
Ministry of Health, including on the Ministry's facebook
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages all
travel to and residence in the border areas of Tunisia
towards Libya and Algeria, as well as the Jebel Chaambi
National Park area in the Kasserine government and the
Tataouine government in the south of the country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends travel to
Tunisia outside Tunis and the Mediterranean tourist
areas which are not strictly necessary.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The health services are adequate in the larger
cities, and primarily in private clinics. Evidence of
valid health insurance is often required.
The hospital standard in public hospitals is
generally lower than in Norway.
For information on vaccine needs before traveling to
Tunisia, see the Institute of Public Health's website.
Major problems can arise if you do not have valid
travel and sickness insurance. Private hospitals do not
accept admissions without proof of valid health
insurance (any advance payment).
Well-stocked pharmacies are available in large
numbers, but you should bring special medicines that you
know you will need.
The World Health Organization (WHO) can also provide
information on the health conditions in the country.
There is a danger of rabies from wild dogs and cats.
Most Tunisians drink tap water, but foreigners are
advised to stick to bottled water. Fruits and vegetables
should be washed well. It is especially important to be
careful until you wait for the local bacterial flora.
The cleanliness of the larger hotels and restaurants is
Always carry your passport with you (possibly a
passport copy) in case you are asked to identify
yourself by the security authorities.
The official language is Arabic. French is widely
used and the language most often used in central
administration and business. Road signs are listed in
both French and Arabic. English is widely used in the
The current is 220 volts. Voltage may vary and power
outages may occur.
Tunisian Dinars are not convertible for private
transactions and can neither be introduced nor executed.
Tourists must keep exchange receipts in order to recover
Tunisian dinars upon departure.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most cities and
major tourist destinations and can be used for
withdrawing local currency from an ATM. American Express
and Diners are somewhat less common.
Internet cafes (Publinet) are widespread. There are
three nationwide GSM networks: Tunisie Telecom, Ooredoo
and Orange. Larger hotels also have wifi. The national
internet domain is.tn, national telephone code +216.
Opening hours are for shops: 09.00 - approx. 20.00,
often closed for two hours at lunchtime, banks: 08.00 -
approx. 5.30, closed Saturday and Sunday (weekend),
offices: 08.00 - approx. 17.00, closed Saturday
afternoon and Sunday (weekend).
Many Tunisian holidays are moving as they follow the
Muslim lunar calendar. The end of the fasting month of
Ramadan (Aid El Fitr) and the day of sacrifice (Aid El
Adha) are among the most important, as well as Mouled
and Islamic New Year. January 1, January 14, March 20,
April 9, May 1, July 25, August 13 and October 15 are
Time difference: At summertime, Norway is one hour
Tradition, religion and the family community remain
strong in Tunisia, although women's positions are freer
than in most other Arab or Muslim countries. The tourist
areas and the capital are characterized by Western
influence, and dressing as in the West in these areas is
no problem. Sun dresses, shorts and short-sleeved
blouses are acceptable.