Most nationalities including those from the US, Canada and the UK do not need a visa to enter Tunisia as a tourist. If your nationality is not on the following list, then you should contact a Tunisian Embassy and apply for a visa.
You do NOT need a tourist visa if you belong to one of the following countries: Algeria, Antigua, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cote d', Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Is, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Gibraltar, Gilbert Islands, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland Rep, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Korea (South), Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saint Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Solomon Is, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City and Yugoslavia.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after you enter Tunisia. You will get a stamp in your passport upon entry into the country (make sure you get it) which will allow you to stay for 3 months. No entry fees are charged.
Nationals of Australia and South Africa can obtain their tourist visa upon arrival at the airport, but double check with the Tunisian Embassy.
Immunizations and Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required by law to enter Tunisia.
Currency and Money Matters
The Tunisian Dinar is Tunisia's official unit of currency. Click here to convert your currency and see the latest exchange rates. The confusing thing about Tunisian Dinar is that 1 dinar is equivalent to 1000 millimes (not the normal 100). So you may think you owe 5,400 dinar for a cab ride, when in fact it's only 5 dinar 400 millimes.
The Tunisian Dinar is not available outside the country, it's not an internationally traded currency. But you can easily change US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros at most major banks which line the main streets. Many of the banks ATM's (cash machines) accept credit cards. Using an ATM is much less time consuming than exchanging currency inside a bank, and often cheaper.
You can't take Tunisian Dinar out of the country, so try and spend it before you go! The Tunis airport does not accept Dinar in its gift shops once you go through customs.
Credit Cards are accepted at high end hotels, in the tourist zones and some high end restaurants in the main cities, but you'll be using cash for the most part.
When to Go to Tunisia
As with many destinations, the weather usually determines the best time to travel to Tunisia. If you want to trek in the desert (which is highly recommend) the best time to go is late September to November and March to early May. It will still be chilly at night, but not quite freezing, and the days won't be too hot.
If you're headed for the beach and would like to avoid the crowds, May, June and September are all perfect. Most tourists visit Tunisia in July and August when the sun shines every day, the swimming is perfect and the beach towns are filled with life. Book your accommodation well in advance if you're planning to travel during the summer months.