According to searchforpublicschools, Tunisia (Arabic: تونس , French: Tunisie) is a country in Africa bordering Algeria and Libya. Tunisia is part of the so-called Maghreb countries (Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia). The capital of Tunisia is Tunis. A number of major cities in Tunisia are: Sfax, Sousse and Kairouan. The Kerkenna Islands and the island of Djerba are also part of Tunisia.
Tunisia is known as a popular holiday destination. Mainly because of its long coastline with sandy beaches, clear blue water and lots of sun. More inland you will mainly find desert and the Chott El Jerid, this is a large salt lake of 250 by 60 kilometers. The country is also known for its sweet food, camel rides and the many cultural towns.
Where is Tunisia?
Travel information of Tunisia
Official name: Republic of Tunisia
Area: 163,610 km²
Country code: TN, TUN
Population: 11,721,177 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Highest point: 1,544 m (Jebel ech Chambi)
Distance (Amsterdam – Tunis): 1,776 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes
Current status: All travel to certain areas in Tunisia is discouraged.
Current color code: Yellow, orange and red.
Due to this status, a partial negative travel advice is in effect for Tunisia.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Tunisia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Tunisia, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Tunisia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Tunisia?
Weather and climate
Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate in the north and a desert climate in the south. During the summer months the temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees and during the winter months around 15 to 20 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Tunisia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Tunisia can be found at Climate info.
May, June and September are the best months to travel to Tunisia. This avoids the cool winter period and the hot summer months with a lot of mass tourism.
Arabic is the official language in Tunisia. In addition, a lot of French is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid passport. An identity card is sufficient for group travel.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Tunisia for less than 3 months.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Tunisia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy and Consulate of Tunisia in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Tunisia, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In Tunisia, payments are made with the Tunisian dinar (TND).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Tunisia can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Tunisia are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -60% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (78% cheaper), food (50% cheaper), imported beer in catering (64% cheaper), cigarettes (60% cheaper) and public transport (92% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Tunisia it is customary to tip. Good service is about 10% tip.
During our summer time it is 1 hour earlier in Tunisia.
During our winter time there is no time difference.
Tunisia has no difference in winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Tunisia on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Tunisia you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Tunisia.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Tunisia.
In Tunisia you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity in Tunisia can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 197
– Fire: 198
– Ambulance: 190
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Tunisia can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Tunisia can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Tunisia end in.tn.
Tunisia’s official website: discoverunesie.nl.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Tunisia is 00216 or +216.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Tunisia? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Tunisia.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Tunisia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Tunisia.
An overview of all public holidays in Tunisia can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Tunisia, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Tunisia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Tunisia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Tunisia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Tunisia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Tunisia? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or with Tunisia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Tunisia, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, current sanctions, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Tunisia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence up to 10 years.
Did you know that…
…Tunisia is known for its luxurious golf courses?
…Tunisia is a small country by African standards?
…Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa?
…Tunisia is often used by refugees as a gateway to Europe?
…The landscape of Tunisia is often used for films?
…Tunisia welcomes more than 5 million tourists a year?