Fast Facts: Tunisia
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
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The most popular—but not the best—time to visit is July-September, when coastal day temperatures are in the 80s-90s F/26-37 C and nights are in the 60s-70s F/15-25 C. Too many tourists and too high temperatures in the afternoons lessen the pleasure of a summer visit for us. We think visiting Tunisia May-June is a much better idea. Winter is hit-or-miss—there will be some nice beach days, but other days will be a bit cool, the skies will cloud over, or it might rain. (Night temperatures may even reach the low 40s F/5-7 C.) The Sahara can be very hot, especially in the summer, with temperatures well above 100 F/37 C. Take along a sweater for evenings year-round and a warm coat or jacket for winter.
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According to the Center for Disease Control, "A limited risk of malaria exists in parts of Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco. Taking an antimalarial drug is not recommended as the risk for travelers is considered to be extremely low. However, travelers should use insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites.
Do not swim in fresh water or ocean water, as parasites are prevalent. Skin infections are common; even the smallest wound should be disinfected and covered with a bandage.
In Tunisia, the currency is the Tunisian Dinar. The import and export of the dinar is forbidden. Foreign visitors can use traveler’s checks and credit cards without restriction. For money exchange, use banks and money-exchange booths, which are located at the airports and hotels, and retain receipts for dinars obtained. Prior to departure, a maximum of 1,000 Tunisian dinars may be converted back into foreign currency, with documentation. ATMs are widely used and can be found at most large hotels, in front of most banks and in some stand-alone locations.
Please review the c urrent exchange rate for the Tunisian Dinar.
Lively souks are the places to hunt for handcrafted items, spices and Arabic CDs. You can shop for pottery, brassware, copperware, caftans, silverware, wood carvings (especially olive wood), gold items, geometric-patterned wool rugs and carpets, leather, traditional musical instruments, and CDs by local artists and musicians. Be sure to bargain in the souks (but only if you’re seriously interested in something): Start off by offering a third to half the asking price and negotiate from there. Shoppers will also want to visit the fixed-price Office National de l’Artisanat (National Bureau for Handicrafts) in Tunis to both look and buy. Check to see if you’re eligible for a 10% discount—usually for those who pay in foreign currency or with credit cards. Try to visit one of the weekly, small-town country markets to check out the goods (and local shoppers).
Or, you can visit the government-recommended shops (SOCOPA) available in the souks. Introduced a few years ago, these stores are recognized by the sign displayed outside. Prices are fixed and will be higher and the variety of products will be fewer than compared to the individual vendors outside. For the best carpets, visit Kairouan, the town of weavers. For ceramic art, venture to Nabeul, the ceramic capital of the country. If you can’t get to these places, many of the city centers carry items from these hubs.
Shopping Hours: Normally Monday-Saturday 8 am-noon and 4-7 pm (summer); Monday-Saturday 8:30 am-noon and 3-6 pm (winter).
230 volts. Type C & Type E Electrical Plug. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.
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