Essential Information

key fact

when to go

Tunisia’s climate is essentially Mediterranean, so summers can grow very hot, particularly further south as one approaches the Sahara. Winters in the north can be quite bitter, with the temperature hovering in the low teens. Ideal times to visit are in the springtime, particularly from April to June, when the fields in the north are a picture of blooming poppies and the apricot season is at its height, and again in September and October when the edge comes off the summer heat and the first dates are harvested.

health & safety

According to the Overseas Security Advisory Council ( www.osac.gov ), which is a Federal Advisory Committee advising travelers about the safety risks of various areas in the world as they apply to United States travelers, Tunis is a travel destination with moderate threat of crime. For the thorough safety information report put out by the Overseas Security Advisory Council in regards to Tunisia as a whole, travelers should visit http://www.osac.gov/Reports/report.cf ... .The most common crime to affect Tunis tourists is petty theft, which is generally in the form of pick pocketing or purse-snatching. Increasingly common is cell-phone theft, with phones being taken directly from the hands of travelers as they are speaking on them. The area of highest risk of these sorts of crimes is the medina ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction... ). Travelers, especially when spending time in this area, should remain aware of their surroundings and avoid cell phone use when possible.

passport and visas

However, a U.S. passport is required: Your U.S. passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you plan to depart Tunisia. Your passport must have adequate unused visa pages to allow for entry and exit stamps upon arrival and departure from Tunisia. Australian passport holders are required to obtain a visa. This can be obtained on arrival at the airport. British, EU and Canadian passport holders can enter Tunisia without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days with exceptions for certain EU nationals.

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