Are you planning to travel to Tunisia?
Tunisia is full of great food, warm people, and historic locations to visit, but there are also a few things you should keep in mind before heading there (and while you’re there).
Here are our top Tunisia travel tips to know before you go:
1. Stay Safe
With a relatively few places crossed off your travel list and several standard tourist precautions, you can easily stay safe in Tunisia.
Due to terrorism and associated dangers, the US Department of State recommends you avoid Sidi Bou Zid, Tunisia’s southeastern border with Libya, the Chaambi Mountain National Park, and “Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef, and Kasserine” next to the border with Algeria. Also, avoid overland travel to Libya or Algeria.
In cities, especially in Tunis and Sfax, keep valuables out of sight, be cautious on public transportation, and keep your passport in a secure location. When traveling around the city, perhaps take a copy of your passport on your person, leaving your passport securely tucked away in the hotel’s safe.
2. Keep Change Handy
You’ll pay in the Tunisian dinar while in the country, of course. Though credit cards are accepted in many places, especially in the larger towns and cities, keep a bit of cash handy for markets, small shops, and when visiting smaller towns or villages.
3. Mind the Local Laws & Customs
Particularly in the bigger cities and the most frequented tourist destinations and beaches, the dress code is pretty relaxed. However, do remember it is still an Islamic country, and be respectful to not offend. Modesty is important in smaller towns and mosques, for example.
Unfortunately, homosexuality is still a crime, and crimes can be met with crazy retribution. If you are a member of the LGBT community, please be extremely careful. Actually, all sex outside of marriage is a criminal offense, though I guess as long as you don’t try to do so outside of your hotel room, you should be safe.
Though it’s a Muslim country, alcohol is available at certain restaurants, shops, and hotel bars. They even have their own local beer, called Celtia, a pale lager.
4. Be Wary of the Sun
The sun can be quite powerful in Tunisia, as you might imagine. Bring along a powerful (SPF 30 or higher) sunscreen lotion, or buy one at the local grocery store. Since you may be sweating a lot, be sure to arm yourself with a sun protection lotion that is also anti-sweat, so it doesn’t run off as soon as you apply it.
5. Take the Right Photos
Tunisia is a gorgeous country, and you’re going to want to whip out your DSLR or smartphone at every chance you get. However, there are also things you are prohibited from photographing, including military establishments, political buildings, and perhaps some demonstrations (though you shouldn’t be in photographing distance from a protest to begin with!).
Also, no drones! Unless you have a license to operate a drone in Tunisia, you can’t. If the airport powers that be find a drone in your suitcase when you enter the country, they will take it from you. One good thing is that they say they’ll hold it for you until you leave, but, well, good luck with that.
Well, that’s all our Tunisia travel tips for now, and we hope they help you to have an enjoyable, safe, unforgettable time! Got any questions, feedback, or other tips for traveling to Tunisia to share with us? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!