Facts to assist you while travelling to Tunisia.


Tunisian population

  • 4 million.


  • Tunisian dinar.

Office Hours

  • 08:30 – 16:00.


  • Saturday – Sunday.

Time Zone

  • UTC +1.

Calling Code

  • +216.


  • If a service charge is not included in the bill a tip of 10% is acceptable.


  • Most countries are represented by embassies or consulates located in the capital city.


  • Kais Saeed is the current and 8th president of Tunisia, who has been in office since 2019.


  • Tunisia’s climate in the northern regions comprises of mild winters with moderate rainfall and dry summers with hot temperatures. Temperatures in July and August can exceed 40 °C (104 °F) when the tropical continental air mass of the desert reaches the whole Tunisia. Winters are mild with temperatures rarely exceeding 20 °C (68 °F) (exception is the south-west of the country). The south of the country is a desert. The terrain in the north is mountainous, which, moving south, gives way to a hot, dry central plain. As you progress towards the south, the climate naturally becomes hotter, drier, and sunnier.


  • The main airport in Tunisia is the Tunis–Carthage International Airport, located in the capital city of Tunis. Tunisia has rail links with the neighbouring country of Algeria via the Ghardimaou-Souk Ahras line. Major cities are all linked by road through the interior. Approximately two thirds of Tunisia’s roads are paved. Route 1 in the Trans-African Highway network passes through Tunisia, linking it to North African nations including Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Egypt, and to West African nations via Mauritania. The port of Tunis is the largest port in the country.


  • Tunisia’s main industries that contribute to its economy include agriculture, oil mining, automotive parts, equipment, and services.


  • If you are invited to a Tunisian’s home, you may be asked to remove your shoes. It is important that you adhere to such requests in order to remain respectful. When invited to eat at a local’s house, it is considered impolite to arrive empty handed. You may bring pastries, nuts, fruit, cake, candy, or flowers to the hostess. Since most Tunisians are Muslim, do not bring alcohol unless you know that your host drinks.


  • ‘’Aslema’’ is the Tunisian word for “Hi” or “Hello.’’ This will usually suffice and is often accompanied by a firm handshake. Although there are numerous other greetings in both Arabic and French, ‘’Aslema’’ is unique to the Tunisian culture and is also the most common greetings amongst the locals. Aslema is a shorted version of the traditional Arabic greeting, meaning ‘’peace.’’ Tunisia has its own dialect of Arabic, much like Egypt and Lebanon also has their own.


  • The dinar (TND) is the official currency of Tunisia. ATMs are widely available across the country. The majority of the ATM’s, especially in the capital city, accept Visa cards. It is also illegal to take Tunisian dinars out of the country, so be sure to get your money exchanged before you leave the country.


  • All international airports in Tunisia have established connections with many places in Africa and Europe. Those arriving from Europe may be satisfied to discover that most of the flights are low in cost from European countries to Tunisia. Tunisia’s transport system is quite developed and diverse. The railway network is vast, and the ride is scenic, but the infrastructure is not developed or in the best condition. Buses are affordable and convenient, although we don’t advise you to take any public transport.


  • Tunisia is, without a doubt, a safe country. However, petty crimes such as mugging, bag-snatching, pick pocketing, and other petty theft do occur. We therefore advise that you take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Harassment of foreign women in Tunisia have also been reported, so we advise female travelers to never go anywhere by themselves. Homosexuality is illegal in this country and, for citizens, is punishable with jail time of up to 3 years. Owing to the fact that Tunisia is a modest country, it is best to generally avoid any public displays of affections, even between husband and wife.


  • Tunisian culture exists as an amalgamation of three thousand years of history and multi-ethnic influx. Ancient Tunisian civilization was integral in the shaping of history in the surrounding regions and have influenced the culture of the people. Some of the cultures that has had an influence on the country and its people are the Carthaginian – their native civilization, Roman, Vandal, Jewish, Christian, Arab, Islamic, Turkish, French, and most importantly, the native Amazigh.


  • There are many malls in Tunisia that sell the products that everyone wants and loves, including both local and international brands. Some of the best malls located in the major cities include the Mall of Tunisia, Les Square Tunis Mall, Tunis City Mall, La Palmarium Mall, Ice Mall, Mouss Sousse. However, to get a glimpse of the local culture it is better to visit the large souks such as Medina of Sousse and Markt/Basar in Houmt Souk.


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Written by Saudika Hendricks

Edited by Eloise Williams


Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa and its name is derived from its capital city, Tunis, located on the country’s northeast coast. Tunisia is a beautiful city, rich in ancient history and culture.

How are birthdays celebrated?

It is common to celebrate birthdays at home with family and friends or out at a hotel or restaurant.

When you first meet someone, how do you greet them?

If it is for the first time, we shake hands. Otherwise with friends and family we kiss on the cheeks – twice and sometimes four times – we are a tactile nation.

What languages are spoken in your country?

Mainly Tunisian Arabic and French. English is spoken sometimes for official purposes.

What side of the road do people drive on, and what might we need to know about driving in Tunisia?

Our cars are left-hand drive, so we drive on the right side of the road. How do we drive – judge for yourself.

How important is punctuality?

Punctuality is important to us. People might arrive for parties a little late but never for business meetings.

What types of music are popular in your country? And who are some of your most popular musicians?

Most people listen to Oriental and Folkloric genres of music. Some famous Tunisian artists are:

Are there any traditional dances?

There are traditional folkloric dances of which the origins can be traced as far back as the Ottoman empire. An example of oriental dance usually performed in Tunisia places emphasis on the movements of the pelvis in rhythm to the beat, the movement the swinging of the arms, and the movement of the feet in rhythm, transferring weight onto the right leg or left. You can watch an example of the Tunisian Moldova by following the link.


What traditional festivals are celebrated in your community?

Two of the most popular are The International Festival of Carthage and the Kef Chante La Tunisie. The International Festival of Carthage is the longest-running festival in North Africa, having been established in 1964. This year, the event celebrates its 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated by seven major performances. Besides the acclaimed local and international singers from a variety of jazz, fashion and folk genres, the festival sets the stage for a great selection of ballet and dance shows as well. The event is also held in an open air and refurbished Roman Amphitheatre that seats up to 7500 people.

What are your seasons like?

Tunisia experiences 4 seasons throughout the year. It is sunny in spring, hot in summer, warm in autumn and cold in winter. In summer temperatures can reach up to 40°C and in winter they can fall as low as 5°C. Sometimes you can experience all four seasons in the same day!

What are Tunisia’s major industries?

Agriculture and textiles. Agriculture is still the mainstay of the Tunisian economy, although oil mining, automotive parts, equipment, and services are some dominant sources of foreign exchange.

How do people spend their free time?

Tunisians enjoy hanging out in coffee shops and travelling. Due to Tunisia being so close to Europe, locals love visiting Italy, France, Spain and Turkey. At home, we love to sit in coffee shops for hours on end.

What do people drink?

Tunisians love coffee, tea, and alcoholic drinks such as beer and whiskey.

What is a popular local dish?

Couscous is Tunisia’s unofficial national dish. It is more than just a staple food for the country. Many families spend time preparing and eating couscous as a ritual and a tradition that binds the generations together. The basic ingredient in couscous dishes is semolina. This is mixed with water and rolled, by hand, to make small grains of various grades. The grains are then steamed over a boiling sauce in a two-chambered pot called a keskes. Once the couscous grains are fluffy and the sauce is cooked, the two are mixed together and served, often with meat or grilled fish on top.

The king of Tunisian cuisine, however, is undoubtedly Ojja. The spicy tomato-based stew is loved by everyone and sold in nearly every working-class Tunisian restaurant. The dish is very saucy, with a rich, spicy flavor. The base consists of tomato paste, garlic, green peppers, coriander, cumin, and a healthy dollop of harrisa. The Ojja is a deep red colour, with two very runny eggs on top.

What do you pay for?

  • (USD 1 = approximately 3.11 TND)
  • A cup of coffee will cost about 3.00 to 8.00 TND.
  • A 2 litre Coca Cola will cost about 3.00 to 5.00 TND.
  • A 2-Course meal for 2 people at a midrange restaurant will cost about 30.00 TND to 50 TND.
  • White bread (125 grams) will cost about 0.11 TND.
  • Regular milk (0.25 litres) will cost about 0.35 TND.


What is the general security like in Tunisia? Is it a safe country?

Tunisia is generally calm and secure. Owing to the country’s crystal-blue waters, Mediterranean cuisine and a large variety of budget hotels, Tunisia has always been a prime destination in Africa. However, crime does occur, as it does anywhere else in the world. Most people will warn foreigners to steer clear of the country’s southern borders.


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Contributions by Mariem Khedhiri

A soldier killed seven of his colleagues and wounded 10 others in Tunisia‘s capital, Tunis, on 25 May, before being shot and killed. The incident occurred at the Bouchoucha military barracks. The motivation for the attack is unknown. The authorities have ruled out terrorism as the possible motive. A heightened security presence is likely to remain in place in the Bouchoucha area over the immediate-term. Clients should anticipate additional patrols and checkpoints in this area. – Red24