Updated January 2023

First came the 2011 Arab Spring, then the 2015 resort attacks. Tourism is not what it was.
On a ferry out of Genoa, you will not be allowed on the boat without a return ticket.
At Tunis port you must show a hotel reservation too: travellers get sent back to Europe without these.
Detailed travel report from late 2022 – and another

Tunisian dinar exchange rates


Price of fuel
Unleaded petrol 2.05 TD/litre; diesel 1.8 TD (less than half average Eu price).
World fuel prices.


Useful languages
Arabic, French, English

Required by all except citizens of EU countries, Canada, USA and UK who can stay for up to 90 days.

Border formalities
If ferrying from southern Europe do your formalities aboard the ships from Marseille or Genoa if they are CTN ships; it means you get out of the port more speedily. With SNCM (French) ships you may do it in the port. You must have a return ticket.
At La Goulette (Tunis port), most recent reports say no funny business as occasionally occurred in the old days, but you must have a hotel reservation. They may call the hotel to check.
A three-month TVIP is issued for free; no carnet required. If you can get it, a Green Card extension to your motor insurance is valid in Tunisia or buy local ‘assurance’ at the border at €50 for two months (moto).

Desert pistes
For Brits (as opposed to Europeans, especially from further east) Tunisia is a long way and an expensive ferry compared to similar Morocco and desert-wise, there’s less going on. Algeria’s Grand Erg Oriental spills over the border so there’s much more sand than Morocco but you need a permit and a guide to get to some desert areas. The far south is a military area. Ramada is as far as people have managed to get, lately.