Tunisia is considered the safest country in Africa, perched at the Northern tip of Africa surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the golden dunes of the Sahara Desert, Tunisia is filled with natural beauty and historical sites just waiting to be explored.
Some travel facts which are worthwhile knowing before you pack your bags for your Tunisian holiday include:
The currency in Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar (TD) which is made up of 1,000 millimes. Notes are available in TD5, TD10, TD20 and TD30 while the coins available are TD1 and then millimes 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500.
All the banks are happy to help you exchange any cash and some may be able to help with traveler’s checks. Many of the hotels also offer a bureau de change along with the major international airports where you can exchange your money.
Don’t be surprised if you are stopped by customs on entering and leaving Tunisia. The best way to handle this is to be patient and not to worry. Know what you are allowed to take in and out of the country to ensure you don’t violate any custom laws. Travelers are allowed 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco. You are allowed 250ml of perfume and 1 liter of spirits or 2 liters of another alcoholic beverage. Souvenirs or gifts are allowed up to the value of TD100.
Ninety per cent of Tunisia’s population is Islamic. Women travelers should pack modest clothing for when visiting towns and villages. Be sure to cover your knees and shoulders when sightseeing to avoid disrespecting the residents beliefs. Keep your shorts, vests and bathing suits for the hotel pool or the beach.
Enjoy a Healthy Holiday
Typhoid vaccinations are advised in Tunisia. Always drink bottled water over the tap water. The tap water in Tunisia is filled with chlorine and other minerals which may be too heavy for you. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration in this very warm climate.