Updated April 2022
First came the 2011 Arab Spring, then tourism collapsed following the 2015 resort attacks though by 2018 the British FCO revised its travel advice. It was always a little bit dodgy before 2011, but you do hear of more blatant corruption and bribery stories than before, possible as a result of desperate times.
If crossing into Algeria, use the Nefta desert border.
Price of fuel
Unleaded petrol 2.05 TD/litre; diesel 1.8 TD (less than half average Eu price).
World fuel prices.
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Required by all except citizens of EU countries, Canada and USA.
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.
At La Goulette (Tunis port), most recent reports say no funny business as occasionally occurred in the old days.
No carnet required. If you can get it, a Green Card extension to your EU motor insurance is valid in Tunisia or buy local motor ‘assurance’ at the port easily enough. No one checks except when you come back from Algeria where you had to pay 1TD for a new driving permit (so keep 1TD coin handy).
For Brits (as opposed to Europeans, especially 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.