Travel to Tunisia

By | October 22, 2021

Area: 163,610 km²
Residents: 11,299,400 (2016 estimate)
Population density: 69 E / km²
Form of Government: Republic
System of Government: semi-presidential system
Neighboring countries: Algeria, Libya
Capital: Tunis National
language: Arabic
98% Muslims (Islam)
0.015% Jews
The constitution provides for the free exercise of faith as long as this does not disturb public order.
Currency: Tunisian dinar (TND)
1 TND = 1,000 millimes
Exchange rates:
1 EUR = 3.25 TND
1 TND = 0.30 EUR
1 CHF = 2.996 TND
1 TND = 0.326 CHF
(rate from July 14th, 2021)
Telephone area code: +216
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

In 2020, 248 Germans officially emigrated to Tunisia and 328 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 4,157 Germans officially emigrated to Tunisia and 4,455 moved back to Germany. Some only spend the winter here.

According to allcitycodes, Tunisia is not a typical country of immigration in modern times. Only 0.5% of the population were born abroad. The minorities in the country include the Phoenicians who previously immigrated, the Romans, the Vandals from Germania, the Ottomans and, most recently, some French. The vast majority of Tunisians (98%) identify culturally with the Arabs.

Almost the entire population speaks Tunisian Arabic. Due to the past, many speak more or less French as a second language. The influence of tourists from Europe means that English is also increasingly used as a lingua franca.

Tunisia is one of the most popular travel destinations in Africa. The great tourist potential is the 1,300 kilometers of coastline, mostly with a sandy beach. Around 7 million foreign guests come every year. The main destinations are the coastal towns of Hammamet, Nabeul, Sousse and Port El-Kantaoui, Monastir and Mahdia and the island of Djerba.

Tunisia has a mixture of Mediterranean and arid climates. Precipitation decreases from north to south and increases slightly from east to west. Precipitation occurs almost only in the winter months. The further you are from the sea, the more continental the climate becomes, the greater the temperature fluctuations between summer and winter as well as day and night.

Mediterranean deciduous and bush forests grow on the north coast and in the Atlas Mountains. Some species of small game and wild boar also live here. Endangered species such as the Cuvier’s gazelle also live in the Djebel Chambi National Park. The Dorkas gazelle and occasionally the dune gazelle live in the adjoining southern steppes and semi-deserts. The wetlands of Ichkeul National Park in the north of the country are an important bird sanctuary and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel and Immigration

Changed travel regulations during and after the corona pandemic

Before departure to Tunisia, an electronic entry notification must be submitted online, which the airlines are obliged to check.

All travelers over the age of 12 are required to present a negative PCR test no longer than 72 hours old, which is provided with a QR code or issued by the responsible health authorities. Both the confirmation of the electronic entry notification and the test certificate issued in English or French should be printed out with you.

Unvaccinated travelers must undertake a seven-day home quarantine upon arrival. A second PCR test must be carried out from the fifth day after entry; the reservation for this must be presented upon entry. Fully vaccinated persons and those who have recovered who can prove by means of a medical certificate that they tested positive at least six weeks before the start of the trip are not subject to the quarantine obligation.

The Tunisian government reserves the right to carry out random tests on travelers who, if the result is positive, lead to compulsory quarantine.

All package travelers are exempt from quarantine. In addition to the negative PCR test, you must also present the voucher (including flight, transfer and accommodation) received from the travel agency. During the stay, travelers should only move within the travel group.

Further information is published by the Observatoire National des Maladies Nouvelles et Émergentes.

Source: Federal Foreign Office on July 27, 2021

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

Citizens from the EU and Switzerland do not need a visa for entry for tourist purposes with a maximum stay of 3 months. Entry can only take place with a passport, an identity card is not sufficient. Exception: Citizens of the EU and Switzerland can enter the country with their identity card as part of a package tour.

If you want to stay in the country for more than 3 months, for example for immigration reasons, you need a residence permit. This can be requested from the local police station or the Police des Frontières after entering the country.

Police des Frontiéres
Aéroport Tunis-Carthage
2079 Aéroport International Tunis-Carthage

Tel.: +216 71 780 859 or +216 70 102 100

The local police stations require proof that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself (approx. € 500 per month) and that you have your own or rented accommodation. This legally stipulated evidence is interpreted differently by the locally responsible police stations, so that only a personal on-site visit provides certainty. In principle, the necessary application forms are also available there.

Further information is also available from the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior:
Ministère de l’Intérieur et du Développement local
Service des Etrangers
1, Avenue Habib Bourguiba
1001 Tunis

Tel.: +216 71 333 000

Ministère de l’Intérieur
rue Houcine Bouzaiene

Tel.: +216 71 333 000

Travel to Tunisia