When’s the best time to go?
Tunisia is an African country, but the climate is surprisingly Mediterranean. Summers are hot and dry, and the thermometer regularly rises to 30°C and beyond in July and August. The Sahara Desert location means sea breezes are rare and the midday sun can be pretty intense, so make sure you’re prepared for this.
If you’d prefer a slightly cooler climate, spring or autumn are the best times to visit Tunisia. Temperatures hover around the mid-20s, so you’ll feel more comfortable.
No matter what time of year you visit, make sure you carry bottled water at all times, especially if you’re going sightseeing.
What should I pack?
Your holiday wardrobe will depend on what time of year you’re travelling and the activities you’re planning. It’s wise to check the weather forecast before you go.
During the summer, loose, cotton clothing can help keep you cool when the temperature rises. Dressing conservatively is also advised (Tunisia is a Muslim country). For example, women shouldn’t wear mini-skirts, and a headscarf must be worn when visiting a mosque, while men should avoid shorts and vest tops when visiting religious sites.
Even though it’s hot during the day, it’s worth packing something a little warmer to wear in the evening; in certain parts of Tunisia, temperatures can actually fall below 0°C when the sun goes down, especially in the more mountainous areas.
Planning on hiking? You’ll need hiking boots to take on those sandy deserts and rocky paths, so make sure they’re sturdy and comfortable.
Don’t forget sun cream
You can expect lots of glorious sunshine in Tunisia, so be sure to pack your sunglasses. Bring plenty of sun cream, too, as it can be very expensive to buy when you’re out there. A sun hat can is great for keeping the sunshine at bay, especially for the kids.
Bring mosquito repellent
What about my passport?
You’ll need a valid passport to travel to Tunisia. For stays lasting up to three months, your passport must be valid for the length of your stay. It doesn’t need to be valid for longer than this. If you’re a dual Tunisian-British national, you should enter and leave the country on your Tunisian passport.
There is a tourism tax (see below), which is payable for stays of up to seven nights. It doesn’t apply to guests under 12 years old. For all the latest Tunisia passport information, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia/entry-requirements.
Do I need a Tunisia visa?
British citizens don’t need a visa to travel on their holidays to Tunisia. You just need a valid passport. For all the latest Tunisia visa information, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia/entry-requirements.
Is there a tourist tax?
Yes, a Tunisian tourism tax is payable at your hotel. At four and five-star hotels, this is 3 dinar per person, per night. At three-star hotels, this is 2 dinar per person, per night. At two-star hotels, this is 1 dinar per person, per night. Please note: the star rating is the official star rating, rather than our Thomas Cook rating.
Should I get travel health insurance?
In Tunisia, there’s no provision for free medical care. Doctors’ fees, medication and hospital visits in private clinics must be paid for at the time. As these costs can be high, it’s sensible to buy travel health insurance and have funds you can access.
If you have a regular prescription, be sure to bring along copies in case you lose them and need to get replacements.
Any other tips?
Always take care of yourself and your personal belongs and be aware of pick-pockets. Try to avoid carrying all your important documents (for example, your passport), money and valuables in the same bag.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against travelling to the Chaambi Mountains National Park. They also advise avoiding Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma and Mount Mghiba; these are all designated military operations zones.
For more information and Tunisia travel advice, head to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia/safety-and-security.