Travel Info

Tunisia, officially known as the Tunisian Republic, is a country in Northern Africa that has a Mediterranean Sea coastline in the very centre of Mediterranean Africa. Tunisia lies immediately to the south of Italy and Malta. The capital is Tunis.

Official Language: Arabic 
Spoken Languages: Arabic, French, Berber, English
Currency: Tunisian Dinar (TND)
Time Zone: CET (UTC +1)
Calling code: +216


To enter Tunisia, a passport valid for six months after the scheduled return date is required for all nationals.

Citizens from both Australia and South Africa can get a visa upon arrival.

US citizens who are willing to visit Tunisia for either tourism or business do not need a visa for a stay less than four months.

Passport holders of the following countries do not need a visa for a stay less than three months:

Algeria, Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Belgium, Bermudas, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Spain, Fiji islands, Finland, France, Gambia, Greece, Guinea, Germany, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Morocco, Maurice Islands, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Niger, Norway, Oman, Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, United Kingdom (For persons with ordinary passports), Saint-Kitts et Nevis , Saint-Lucia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Senegal, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican city.


The Tunisian Visa can be arranged via the Tunisian Embassy or Consulate in your respective country. IAOM MEA will provide the delegate with an official invitation letter to be submitted to the Tunisian Embassy or Consulate. Please contact in order to acquire the letter.

IAOM MEA VISA ASSISTANCE (only for countries with no Tunisian Embassy or Consulate)

IAOM MEA would gladly assist delegates from countries, where there is no Tunisian Embassy or Consulate in acquiring the Tunisian Visa. Please note that applicant's passport copy, passport size photograph and his/her confirmed flight details should be submitted to no later than 15th September 2013.

Passport holders from the following countries only can avail visa assistance from IAOM MEA:

Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. (If your country does not appear in this list and does not have a Tunisian Embassy or Consulate, kindly contact


Tunis Carthage International Airport (TUN) is the country’s premier airport located approximately 120 km from Sousse (1.5 hr drive).

Listed below are some of the major airlines flying to/from Tunis Carthage International Airport.
• Alitalia
• Air France
• British Airways
• Egypt Air
• Emirates
• Lufthansa
• Qatar Airways
• Royal Jordanian
• Turkish Airlines

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are other airports in Tunisia, but IAOM MEA will only be providing complimentary airport transfers to/froTunis Carthage International Airport on 4, 5 and 9 November 2013. Please provide with your flight details to benefit from this transfer.

Delegates coming and departing out of the above dates can contact our official transportation company:

Tunisie Voyages
DMC Manager
Tel: + 216 71 805 805 / Mobile: +216 98 368 602


Tunisian dinars (TND) cannot be exported. Tourists can easily exchange Euros or US Dollars to TND in banks located all over the city. The exchange rate is fixed, which is offered at airports and hotels.


November feels wintery in Sousse (colder than the previous months) wWith an average humidity of 64%, it is the second least humid month of the year behind February. Temperature can go as high as 21 degrees Celsius and as low as 12 degrees Celsius.


White unmarked taxis can be easily hailed at the airport. Yellow metered taxis are also there. It is highly advisable to insist on the use of the meter. Private taxis are reasonably priced even for long-distance travels. Just make sure to agree on the fare before setting off.

Long distance bus is a safe and economic way to travel between major cities. There are bus stations in every city offering several trips per day (every 30 minutes between Tunis and Hammamet).

Driving is on the right side. Rental cars are accessible in throughout Tunis and Sousse. Rates are higher in the airport compared to those rented in towns away from the airport.

SNCFT, the national train company, runs modern and comfortable trains from Tunis south to Sousse. It is a good thing to buy a carte bleue (blue card), which costs around 20 TND and can be used for a week.


• Tunis — the laid-back capital of Tunisia with easy access to Carthage and a very authentic souk
• Sfax — historic town with a great old kasbah; also access to the Kerkennah Islands
• Sousse - a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architecture and also a popular beach resort option
• Djerba — a Mediterranean island town in the south which is popular with sun-seekers
• Gabes — large town on the east coast, mostly a rail and bus transit point
• Kairouan — a major site for Islamic pilgrimage
• El Kef — Byzantine and Ottoman architecture in this small town in the northwest
• Monastir - ancient city with a history back to Phoenecian times; these days home of the main charter flight airport in the country
• Tozeur - gateway to several Saharan oasis villages


• Carthage — Phoenician colony, biggest trade metropolis of the antique world; famously razed by the Romans; remnants now encased in a museum; site easily reached by train from Tunis.
• Dougga — impressive ruins of a remote Roman city
• Douz — on the edge of the Sahara, where you can hitch a camel ride.
• El Jem — one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world.
• Jebil National Park - a large Saharan National Park with impressive dunes and rock formations
• Kerkouane — remnants of the sole untouched Punic settlement which is a UNESCO World Heritage site
• Matmata — desert village of cave abodes, where Star Wars's Tatooine was set
• Metlaoui — get aboard the restored Red Lizard vintage train snaking through scenic gorges and hills.
• Sufetula (Sbeitla) — a fairly well preserved Roman settlement in the mid-west area of Tunisia.

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