The two main climatic influences are the Mediterranean Sea, which reduces temperature and produces rainfall, and the Sahara Desert with its dry, hot winds, such as the Sirocco. In addition, the Tunisia consists of two regional climatic belts, with Mediterranean influences in the north and Saharan in the south. Temperature are moderate along the coast, with an average annual temperature of 20°C (68°F), and hot in the interior south. The summer season in the north, from May through September, is hot and dry, the winter from October to April is mild and characterised by frequent rains.
Visas are required by all except nationals from Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Dominica, Fiji, EU Countries, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, Iceland, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kiribati, Niger, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Romania, St. Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, USA
Nationals of Israel are not allowed to enter the country. South African can obtain a visa upon arrival.
Visa regulations can change at any time and we advise you to check with your embassy or representation for the latest information.
Tunisian Tourist offices and/or embassies location around the world
Official Currency: Tunisian Dinar=1000 millimes
Current Exchange Rate: Today's Exchange Rate
All banks and most hotels change money and travellers cheques, which are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional commission charges. Credit cards are very widely accepted.
Tunisair. Also operates regular domestic service from Tunis to Djerba, Sfax andTozeur. You will more than likely need to book in advance.
Regular trains connect all the main cities in the north of the country. The service is fairly good and comfortable but you will need to book in advance.
Tunisia has an excellent network of buses connecting all the main cities throughout the country. The service is cheap, comfortable with many buses being air-conditioned.
The road network is in good condition with the speed limit being 100km/h (60mph) in major highways and 50km/h (30mph) in towns. Driving is on the right hand side and all drivers must be in possession of a log book, valid national driving licence and green card insurance. There are many companies offering hire cars, but it can be expensive. Drivers must be 21 years of age and have held a licence for at least a year.
1st January New Year's Day
20th March Independence Day
21st March Youth Day
9th April Martyrs' Day
1st May Labour Day
25th July Republic Day
13th August Women's Day
7th November Accession of President Ben Ali.
Moveable Holidays Variable Islamic holidays
Electric Power is 220V - 240V running at 50Hz.
The Plug type used in Tunisia is: "Type C & E"