Tunisia lies within two hours of most European capitals and has air links with a total of 50 cities. Its seven international airports are served by flights by major international airline and by Tunisair, Tunisia's own airline, which enjoys an excellent safety record.
Passengers from North America can make easy connections through any of the major European gateway cities: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva or Rome. There are still no direct flights from the United States.
There are also ferry connections from Marseille and Genoa. During the summer months, hydrofoil service links the small ports of Kelibia in Tunisia with Trapani in Sicily.
Visas and Formalities
Citizens of the United States, Japan and the European Union do not require visas for a stay of less than three months. Debarking passengers are asked to fill out a simple two-part registration form; one portion is presented upon arrival and the other kept for presentation at the time of departure.
Visitors will be asked to fill out similar forms when registering at hotels.
Citizens of Taiwan, Australia and South Korea may obtain tourist visas from the Tunisian consulates in their countries.
A note for visitors with disabilities
As a matter of government policy and reflected in general awareness, Tunisia's citizens with disabilities are well integrated in schools, universities, workplaces ad community life throughout the country. Parking spaces reserved for the handicapped and wheelchair access in downtown areas have become standard.
Atlantis Voyages welcomes guests who use wheelchairs or who have other disabilities. However, it is important that we know of your special requirements as soon as possible since many historical sites are not easily accessible and special arrangements may have to be made for hotel accommodations.
Seasons and Climate
The best time to travel is spring, when the South has not yet very hot and the north looks astonishingly fertile. July and August are the hottest months of the year. In autumn, you get the best of both worlds, with warm swimming and few crowds. Winter is generally mild with sporadic rains and is a good time to be alone at the historic sites and museums.
Money and Banking
The Tunisian Dinar (TD) is a soft currency and it is illegal to export it from Tunisia. The exchange rate with all major currencies is fixed daily on a nation-wide basis and is the same in banks, exchange booths, and hotels.
The dinar is divided into 1000 millimes. Prices are expressed in thousandths and written with three digits to the right of the decimal. One US dollar equals about 1.110 TD.
Bank notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 30 TD. There are aluminum coins of 5 millimes and brass coins of 10, 20, 50 and 100 millimes.
Credit Cards, "Plastic" and Travelers' Checks
Major credit cards - Visa, MasterCard and sometimes American Express - are accepted in hotels frequented by tourists.
Credit cards and debit cards sometimes do not work in local cash machines. Travelers' checks can be exchanged at banks, airports and some hotels. Do not expect small shops to accept credit cards, travelers' check or foreign currency.
Always keep receipts from your banking transactions so you can re-exchange dinars upon departure. However, there are strict regulations about the quantity of dinars you can change back when leaving the country. You are allowed to reconvert up to thirty percent of the total amount you can prove you have changed since your arrival, provided it is not more than 100 TD.
Duty Free Purchases
Visitors are allowed to bring into Tunisia 400 cigarettes, a liter of spirits plus two liters of wine, and a liter of eau de toilette. Shops selling duty free good are found in arrival and departure areas of airports.
Monday to Thursday 8:00 - 11:30 AM and 2:00 - 5:00 PM Friday 8:00 - 11:30 AM and 1:30 - 4:30 PM