Straddling Africa and the Middle East, this once-overlooked Mediterranean gem is well and truly back on the map.

From the sun-drenched beaches of the north to the unforgiving desert of the south, and with desolate, lunar landscapes in between, Tunisia has quite the unique allure. And as the fog continues to lift after the jarring events of 2015, there’s never been a better time to experience it. It’s not often you can clock Roman ruins this grand, seaside living this perfect, and medieval towns this well preserved, in such quietude. Morocco may be what’s hot, but Tunisia is where to find that next-level slice of North Africa, with a fraction of the tourists.

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Tunisia travel highlights

Tunisia holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Tunisia

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

Shopping

Festivals and events

Health and Safety

Further reading

Tunisia travel FAQs

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Tipping is expected by most service workers in Tunisia. Drivers, waiters, porters and other hotel staff will generally expect a small tip for serving you at a restaurant, showing you to your room or carrying your bags. Set aside some dinars for this.

Internet access in Tunisia is growing, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots increasingly common in large cities, especially Tunis.

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Tunisia, especially in large cities. Coverage may not be available in more remote areas, especially if travelling through the desert. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Tunisia.

You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Tunisia. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to, although western-style toilets can be found in some tourist areas.

Cup of coffee in a coffeehouse = 1-2 TND
Street food snack = 2-3 TND
Basic lunch at a cafe = 6-10 TND
Dinner in a restaurant = 15-20 TND

Exercise caution when drinking water in Tunisia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your tour leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available.

Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and shops in the cities and areas frequented by tourists, but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors, in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option in Tunisia.

ATMs can be found in large cities like Tunis but are less common in rural areas and smaller towns. It’s best to carry plenty of cash with you if you’re travelling out of the city.

You absolutely need travel insurance when visiting Tunisia. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please see our info page on travel insurance.

 

  • 1 Jan New Year’s Day
  • 20 Mar Independence Day
  • 21 Mar Youth Day
  • 9 Apr Martyrs' Day
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 16 May Start of Ramadan
  • 14 June End of Ramadan
  • 25 Jul Republic Day
  • 13 Aug Women's Day
  • 21–23 Aug Aid El-Kabir / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 21 Sep Islamic New Year
  • 7 Nov New Era Day
  • 30 Nov The Prophet's Birthday

Please note these dates are for 2018. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/tunisia/public-holidays

 

Before making travel plans, LGBTQI travellers should be aware that homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia, punishable by imprisonment for up to three years. In recent years there has been a groundswell of LGBTQI activism, and in 2018 the president of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, publicly announced plans to decriminalise homosexuality. LGBTQI travellers should nonetheless exercise caution.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Local Tunisian woman carrying tray above her head

  1. Be considerate of Tunisia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
  11. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims visiting Tunisia aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.