PRACTICAL INFORMATION ON TUNISIA
Your stay in Tunisia
THE WEATHER IN DJERBA
The area of Tunisia is 163 610 km².
The flight Paris-Tunis lasts 2h30. Tunis is 1,477 km from Paris.
The Aigle Azur company flies regularly to Djerba from Paris Orly Sud: twice a week, Thursdays and Sundays.
The low-cost French airline transavia.com, a subsidiary of Air France, offers daily flights from Paris-Orly to Djerba, Transavia also serves Djerba from Lyon, as well as from Nantes.
The airline Tunisair provides links between the airport of Tozeur-Nefta and Paris-Orly on Monday and Friday.
Tunisia has 10.67 million inhabitants.
Djerba Airport is located 25 km from the main tourist area. It takes 15 minutes by taxi (8 dinars).
Be aware that from Tunisian airports (international flights), you will not be able to pay in dinars (except in food areas) once customs crossed. So be sure to have exchanged or spent the dinars you have left before carrying out the passport check.
Arabic is the official language but French is spoken everywhere.
Formalities and visa
For French nationals, the ID card valid for at least six months after return is sufficient if you have purchased a flight package and hotel, self-tour, accompanied tour with a tour operator.
If you only bought a plane ticket, it is imperative to present your passport, valid at least six months after the return.
Islam is the official religion (nearly 98% of the population). In Tunis and Djerba, there is a small Jewish community and about 20,000 Catholics.
The official currency is the dinar (TND) see official course on this site.
You have to know that dinars can not be changed outside the country.
Foreign currency is easily traded in banks, but be sure to compare the rates charged by each institution.
There is no commission for traveler's checks (except by BIAT Bank).
Hotels and restaurants accept credit cards almost everywhere.
Distributors are easily found in Djerba and most cities.
The banks are open all day (winter: from 08h to 17h except Saturday, summer: from 07H30 to 13H except Saturday)
No vaccine is needed to enter Tunisia.
It is advisable to be vaccinated against typhoid and hepatitis A.
Vegetables and fruits should be washed, then peeled or cooked. Drink only mineral water or purified with "Micro-pure" tablets.
220 V in all hotels. Same holds as French ones.
In 2017, Tunisia received more than 7 million tourists (+ 23% / 2016), while the country welcomed 7.8 million in 2010, reference year for Tunisian tourism, when 1.5 million visitors disembarked from the Hexagon. In 2017, Tunisia welcomed 570,000 French (+ 46% / 2016), the third largest issuer market after Algeria and Libya.
To call Tunisia from France, dial 00 + 216 (country code) + city code followed by the number of the correspondent.
To call France from Tunisia, dial 00 + 33 followed by the correspondent's number without the initial 0.
Tunisia: all useful addresses of the country
Consulate of Tunisia
19, rue de Lubeck, 75116 Paris. Such. : 01 53 10 69 10.
Tunisian Tourist Office
32, avenue de l'Opera, 75002 Paris. Staircase B - 5th & 6th floors. Such. : 01 47 42 72 67.
12, rue de Sèze, 69009 Lyon. Such. : 04 78 52 35 86. E-mail:
On the Internet
On the spot
2, Independence Square, 1000 Tunis. Such. : (71) 105,111.
Tunisian Tourist Office
1 Mohammed V Avenue, 1001 Tunis. Such. : (71) 34 0177.
French nationals only:
A visa is not required for a stay of less than or equal to three months, but a valid passport is required.
The valid national identity card, accompanied by the travel log issued by the agency, is tolerated for group travel. This tolerance is not always applied and travelers are exposed to a possible refusal to enter the territory. It is recommended that you travel with a passport.
Beyond three months, a visa and a residence permit must be obtained from the Ministry of the Interior. In case of irregular stay, the exit of the territory must be authorized by the Directorate of the borders and the foreigners and it is generally subordinated to the payment of a fine whose amount is proportional to the duration of overtaking noted.
French nationals who also hold Tunisian nationality (dual French-Tunisian nationals) must present:
A Tunisian passport valid at the entry and exit of Tunisia;
A valid French document (passport or national identity card) during the police formalities at the exit as during the return to France.
When embarking in Tunisia, airlines or shipping companies do not accept passengers without securities allowing them to enter French territory. It should be noted that, in accordance with French regulations, the Consulate General does not issue passes to travelers who have neglected to obtain French identity and travel documents prior to departure.
NB: The national identity cards issued between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2013 are still valid for 5 years after the expiry date indicated on the back, but no physical modification of the plastic card attests. Warning: This extension does not apply to cards issued to minors (the validity period remains 10 years).
Therefore, in order to avoid any inconvenience during your trip, you are strongly recommended to privilege the use of a valid passport rather than a CNIS carrying an expired date of validity, even if it is considered by the authorities as being still valid, especially for people traveling on shipping companies from Tunisia. Indeed, several cases of French nationals traveling on the shipping companies operating from Tunisia and who could not access the boat on presentation of the only CNIS have been reported.
If you only travel with your national identity card, you can download and print a multilingual notice explaining these rules at the following address: -Download-tunisie.pdf
In Tunisia, since November 2015 and the implementation of the organic law n ° 2015-46 of 23 November 2015 modifying the law n ° 75-40 of 14 May 1975 on passports and travel documents, the mother is authorized to traveling alone with your child. However, in practice this provision is applied restrictively. It benefits only mothers with Tunisian nationality traveling alone with a child of Tunisian father.
In addition to their Tunisian passport, it is strongly recommended to mothers of French families (not having the Tunisian nationality) moving in Tunisia accompanied by minor Franco-Tunisian children whose father has the Tunisian nationality, to bring themselves before their departure de France an authorization to leave the Tunisian national territory established by the father before the Tunisian consular authority in France. In the event of the father's presence in Tunisia, this authorization may be established on site at a municipality.
This authorization must be attached to the Tunisian passport of the child during the formalities of exit from the Tunisian territory to ensure the return to France of the child. This rule must be strictly observed, especially in the event of parental conflict.
In case the father refuses to establish this authorization, recourse to the local judicial way will be necessary. It is important to check on this occasion that the child is not the subject of a measure of prohibition of exit from the Tunisian territory at the request of the father. If necessary, the lifting of this prohibition must be requested at the same time as the judicial authorization to travel.
These provisions also apply to any adult accompanying children, including extended family members (grandparents, older siblings, etc.).
Hospitalization expenses and health expenses
In order to cope with hospitalization costs and sometimes very high health expenses abroad, it is imperative to have an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization). ...) and health repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, including in the event of a life-threatening emergency. These costs can not be supported by the embassy or consulates general of France on the spot.
Recommendations for your health
If necessary, consult your doctor or an international vaccination center to make an evaluation of your state of health, and to benefit from health recommendations, particularly on vaccinations. Consult your dentist before your departure. Constitute your personal pharmacy accordingly and take only the necessary medications; never consume drugs bought on the street (risk of counterfeiting).
No vaccination is required but some vaccinations are recommended; make sure you are up-to-date in your usual vaccinations but also related to any