Fact file: Tunisia

Did you know?
Top movies The English Patient, Star Wars and Raiders Of The Lost Ark were filmed in Tunisia.
Language
Arabic and French.
Visas
None required from the UK.
Getting there
Flights to Tunis, Monastir and Jerba.
Flying time from London
Two hours, 30 minutes.
Getting around
Avoiding thousands of moped riders can make driving tricky. There's a good bus network but fares for louages (long-distance shared taxis) cost only a bit more. The rail network is limited but more comfortable, modern and efficient.
Currency
Dinar.
Costs
As a rough guide: a pint of beer £1.50, moderate restaurant meal £8, roll of film £4, litre of petrol 30p, short taxi ride £1.
Weather
Summers are hot and dry with temperatures regularly topping 90F (32C) and occasionally 100F (38C). Winters are mild and wet and rarely get warmer than 70F (21C).
Time difference
One hour ahead of GMT.
International dialling code from the UK
00 216.
Voltage
Most of the country is on 220V but smaller towns in the south and some Tunis hotels are still on 110V. Tunisia uses European two-pin sockets, so take an adaptor.
Opening hours
Banks open 7.30am-11am weekdays July to September, and the rest of the year Monday-Thursday 8am-11am and 2pm-4.15pm, Friday 8am-11am and 1pm-3.15pm. Shops generally open Monday-Friday from 8am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-6pm and from 8am to noon on Saturday. Souvenir shops keep later hours.
Health — before you go
No jabs required but hepatitis A, polio and typhoid are recommended. Take out adequate travel insurance to cover any medical costs.
Health — when you are there
Tap water is safe to drink in most parts of Tunisia but bottled may taste better. Avoid eating salads and anything uncooked or unpeeled. Shellfish are best avoided.
Warnings
Crime is low in Tunisia, barring the odd theft on the beach. The most irritating thing can be the persistent carpet touts in Kairouan. Be polite but firm and try not to lose your cool.
Emergency
Dial 190 for emergency services. British Embassy, 5 Place de la Victoire, Tunis, tel 01 341 444.
Customs
Tunisia is a Muslim country. Away from the beach, tourists should dress modestly.
Pets
Animals returning from Tunisia will be subject to six months' quarantine.
Tipping
Ten per cent in tourist restaurants. Loose change in taxis and cafes.
Tourist office
Tunisia National Tourist Office, 77a Wigmore Street, London W1U 1QF. Tel 020 7224 5561.
Useful website
Did you know?
Top movies The English Patient, Star Wars and Raiders Of The Lost Ark were filmed in Tunisia.
Language
Arabic and French.
Visas
None required from the UK.
Getting there
Flights to Tunis, Monastir and Jerba.
Flying time from London
Two hours, 30 minutes.
Getting around
Avoiding thousands of moped riders can make driving tricky. There's a good bus network but fares for louages (long-distance shared taxis) cost only a bit more. The rail network is limited but more comfortable, modern and efficient.
Currency
Dinar.
Costs
As a rough guide: a pint of beer £1.50, moderate restaurant meal £8, roll of film £4, litre of petrol 30p, short taxi ride £1.
Weather
Summers are hot and dry with temperatures regularly topping 90F (32C) and occasionally 100F (38C). Winters are mild and wet and rarely get warmer than 70F (21C).
Time difference
One hour ahead of GMT.
International dialling code from the UK
00 216.
Voltage
Most of the country is on 220V but smaller towns in the south and some Tunis hotels are still on 110V. Tunisia uses European two-pin sockets, so take an adaptor.
Opening hours
Banks open 7.30am-11am weekdays July to September, and the rest of the year Monday-Thursday 8am-11am and 2pm-4.15pm, Friday 8am-11am and 1pm-3.15pm. Shops generally open Monday-Friday from 8am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-6pm and from 8am to noon on Saturday. Souvenir shops keep later hours.
Health — before you go
No jabs required but hepatitis A, polio and typhoid are recommended. Take out adequate travel insurance to cover any medical costs.
Health — when you are there
Tap water is safe to drink in most parts of Tunisia but bottled may taste better. Avoid eating salads and anything uncooked or unpeeled. Shellfish are best avoided.
Warnings
Crime is low in Tunisia, barring the odd theft on the beach. The most irritating thing can be the persistent carpet touts in Kairouan. Be polite but firm and try not to lose your cool.
Emergency
Dial 190 for emergency services. British Embassy, 5 Place de la Victoire, Tunis, tel 01 341 444.
Customs
Tunisia is a Muslim country. Away from the beach, tourists should dress modestly.
Pets
Animals returning from Tunisia will be subject to six months' quarantine.
Tipping
Ten per cent in tourist restaurants. Loose change in taxis and cafes.
Tourist office
Tunisia National Tourist Office, 77a Wigmore Street, London W1U 1QF. Tel 020 7224 5561.
Useful website


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