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Tunisia - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Public transport in town is not always on time. The best way to get around in the big cities is to take a taxi (yellow cars). They are very inexpensive and work with a meter. You are advised to check each time that the driver starts the meter correctly when you set off!

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

The rail network covers almost all the country, linking most of the big northern cities (Tunis, Bizerte, Beja) and those on the east coast (Sfax, Gabès). The trains are quite slow, but they are economical and punctual. You can get different reduction cards from 25 to 50%: the youth card, the blue card and the museum rail card.
Tuninter serves domestic flights. This company links practically all cities with Tunis.
Buses serve the most remote places in Tunisia.

There are also taxis between towns, called "rental contract taxis". They are group taxis and only leave when they are full. Each town has a rental station. The cars with blue bands serve nearby places, those with red bands the longer distances. In some cases, they are more economical and less restricting than trains. According to the driver's style, the journey may be full of thrills!

Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Tunisair Major yes Yes
Sevenair Low cost yes No

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Renting a car can be very useful according to the kind of trip you want to make. You have nothing to fear on Tunisian roads. To make things easier, you should avoid rush hours (12.30 pm and 6 pm). Signs on main roads and motorways are in Arabic and French.
Find an itinerary: Via Michelin

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: Tunis is rich in fine architecture.
Many archeological sites are part of the world heritage (Carthage, El Jem, etc.).
Cultural: Islamic ceramics museum (Tunis), The Bardo Museum (in French) (Tunis), National museum of Islamic art (Kairouan).
Sculpture, Paintings, Theater, Concerts, Cinema, Literature, etc.
Nature: Many natural and wildlife parks.
Religious: Mosques, especially those of Tunis and Kairouan.
Beach: All Tunisia's beaches are on the Mediterranean. The one at Djerba is especially renowned.
Outdoor activities: In the south of Tunisia, you can do guided tours in the Sahara in 4x4s or by camel.
Shopping: Several shopping malls and other shopping places such as Centre el Menzah6 or Berges du Lac.
For local craftsmanship, you will find souks in Tunis or any other town. Be careful, it is common to haggle over prices.
Tourism organizations: Tunisian National Tourism Office

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers over 1 year of age coming from contaminated areas.
Tunisia is not a country with serious health risks. To guard against traveler's diarrhea, you should avoid the highest risk foods: those that are undercooked or badly cooked, prepared dishes which are later eaten cold, raw vegetables as well as fruits you have not peeled yourself. Drinking water must be boiled and filtered or drunk from sealed bottles. Avoid ice cubes.
For further information on sanitary conditions: The information pages on the World Health Organization website.

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Tunis (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer time period: Summer time from March to October
Climate: Winter is cool and rainy while summer is very hot especially in the south of the country. The most pleasant time to visit Tunisia is in the spring (March, April and May). July and August are ideal for enjoying the beach; but the heat may become uncomfortable for some people.
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    Eating

    Food specialties: Tunisian cuisine is famous for its lamb-based dishes. You can find the following specialties: couscous, tajines, dishes prepared with sheets of "bric" pastry (like filo pastry).
    Tunisian dishes are very aromatic. Cumin, coriander, saffron, cinnamon, aniseed, mint, orange, rose water are all used.
    Drinks: The Tunisian specialty is mint tea after meals or lemonade with almonds. In winter, people often drink fresh orange juice.
    Dietary taboos: Pork is prohibited and the sale of alcohol is restricted.

    Speaking

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