Tunisia — Visas and Vaccinations
Australian citizens require visas to enter Tunisia, but citizens of Canada, the United States, and the European Union do not. US citizens can remain in Tunisia for up to four months without visas, while European Union citizens can stay in the country for up to six months visa-free. Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended before visiting Tunisia. Further information about visa requirements is posted on Tunisia’s official government website (http://www.tunisie.gov.tn/index.php?lang=english).
Health and Safety
Although Tunisia has been relatively stable since the 2010 revolution, there are still occasional demonstrations across the country. Visitors should get the latest news updates and stay away from large gatherings while in the country. Solo female travelers often receive unwanted catcalls, especially in bars and while walking down street. Visitors of both genders can be pestered by overly aggressive vendors, but a simple smile and non, merci is usually all it takes to shake them off. Petty theft is fairly common in hotels and Tunis–Carthage International Airport. Carry no more cash than absolutely necessary, do not flaunt valuables, and use only one debit or credit card at a time.
Mild abdominal upsets are the biggest problem that most visitors will encounter after drinking tap water in Tunisia, but bottled water is readily available. Unpasteurized milk should be boiled before drinking, and visitors should not purchase ice cream from street vendors. Meat and fish are safe to eat as long as they are well-cooked and served hot. Malaria is rare in Tunisia, and sunburn is the biggest outdoor threat. Local supermarkets usually sell cheaper sunscreen that resort areas. Medical care in Tunisia’s public hospitals and private ‘polyclinics’ is generally good, but usually requires cash payment up front. Travel insurance is highly recommended.