Tunisia

Map of Tunisia

Plugs and Electric in Tunisia

Electricity

Voltage

230 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Round two pin attachment, or round two pin with receptacle grounding pin.

Flights in Tunisia

Domestic flights operate between Tunis and the island of Djerba, Tozeur and Sfax.  Reservations should be made in advance.

Flights from the UK to Tunisia

Tunis Air are the National Carrier of Tunisia and operate from Tunis International Airport to many european destinations.

Tunis Air flights from United Kingdom to Tunisia

www.tunisair.com

Flights operate direct between London Heathrow and Tunis three times a week, flying time approximately 2:55 hours.

There are also many charter airlines operating to the tourist destinations on the coast.

Weather in Tunisia

Due to Tunisia’s great geographical diversity the regions vary greatly in terms of climate, though the whole country is known for hot weather. The south of the country is mainly desert and its climate is accordingly arid with dramatic changes in temperature from day to night. Coastal regions are more temperate, enjoying a Mediterranean climate of long, hot and dry summers and mild, rainy winters.

The coast line of northern and eastern Tunisia is considered the most desirable part of Tunisia to visit due to its relatively temperate climate. While the height of the summer sees average temperatures up in the 30s, coastal Tunisia receives refreshing breezes from the sea and usually cools off in the evenings. The summer on Tunisia’s coast is at little risk of rain and is bathed in sunshine for over twelve hours a day. Winter in these regions can get very cool, sometimes dipping below zero at night time. The Mediterranean regions receive wet weather between October and January, though rainfall is usually restricted to a few days with heavy showers rather than regular light showers. February and March also see some rain but the summer months from May till August are usually completely dry.

In Tunis, Tunisia’s capital city on the north coast, summer days see average highs of 33°C and average lows of 21°C.

The Atlas Mountains create a vast rain shadow by blocking rain-bearing winds from the north. As a result, regions south of the Atlas Mountains are incredibly hot and dry. The mountains are the main reason for the formation of the Sahara.
The central and western regions of Tunisia consist of mountain and plateau. The flat plains are hot and dry and become increasingly so approaching the Sahara. Nighttimes cool off considerably. Strong winds buffet the region throughout the year.

Tozeur, just northwest of Chott el-Jerid, is an oasis city. It’s southerly location close to the Sahara means it experiences hot and arid weather conditions. In the summer the average high temperature sits at a scorching 39°C, plummeting at night to a still hot average low of 25°C.  In winter Tozeur sees average highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Rainfall is minimal: September, the wettest month sees an average of 13mm of rain.

The south of Tunisia is mostly semi-arid, rocky desert; forty percent of the country is actually part of the Sahara . The Sahara is known to have one of the most unforgiving climates in the world. It is home to searing 50°C heat and frosty subzero lows, a ferocious northeast wind whipping up sand storms, and an annual average of 10-20mm of rainfall. It is exceedingly dry all year round with a slight increase in chance of rain falling, but only in short bursts, between December and March.

The Sahara is where the Sirocco wind originates, blowing hot, dry weather and sometimes carrying sand into the surrounding areas across northern Africa and southern Europe. Locally, it is known as ‘chili’. It is most common in the spring.

Best Time to Visit Tunisia

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Tunisia

Local Currency

Tunisian Dinar (TND)

General Advice

Tunisian Dinar (TND) = 1,000 millimes. Notes are in denominations of TND30, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of TND1, and 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 millimes.

Money Exchange

Money can be exchanged in all banks and the majority of major hotels within the country.

ATM Availability

ATM machines can be found in all of the main towns and tourist destinations. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or theAmerican Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world

Credit Cards

Most major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country.

Travellers Cheques

Banks will cash travellers cheques.  The preferable currency is US Dollars.

Other Information

Banks are open between 0800-1100 and 1400-1615.

Entry Requirements for Tunisia

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa can be obtained on arrival.
Canada A visa is not required for stays of up to three months.
Denmark A visa is not required for stays of up to three months.
Ireland A visa is not required for stays of up to three months.
Netherlands A visa is not required for stays of up to three months.
New Zealand Please contact your embassy for visa information.
South Africa A visa can be obtained on arrival.
United States A visa is not required for stays of up to three months.
United Kingdom A visa is not required for stays of up to three months.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Tunisia

Buses

Tunisia has a national bus company called SNTRI – buses travel daily to the majority of towns within the country and are cheap and easy way to get around.  Most are air-conditioned and easily recognised by their yellow and green paint.

Taxis

Shared taxis operate throughout the country and are known as ‘louages’.  These cars depart when full with prices on a par with bus and train fares.  Normal taxis are available within cities and should always be metered.

Car Hire

Car hire is available but can be an expensive way to see the country.

Driving

If  you are entering Tunisa by car you should be in posession of the vehicles log book, full driving licence and Insurance.

Trains

Trains operate several times a day between Tunis and the town of Gabes – stopping at Sousse, Sfax and Gafsa en route.  Tickets should be brought at the station before boarding the train.

Boats

Ferries operate between the mainland and the islands of Kerkennah and Djerba.

Other

Trams operate in Tunis and Sousse.

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