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Is Tunisia a good holiday destination?

Tunisia is a North African country that borders the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert. Tunisia has a sand-kissed Mediterranean coast with beautiful sea breezes, and where the fish will be fresh to enjoy on your plate every day. It's very small considering North Africa's vast horizontal expanse but has enough natural beautiful and history to rival much larger countries. Within the capital, Tunis, is the Bardo Museum which has archaeological exhibits - ranging from Roman mosaics to Islamic art. This includes the site of ancient Carthage features with Antonine Baths and other ruins, including artefacts at the Carthage National Museum. When booking travel insurance for Tunisia it's important to get the right cover to enable you to enjoy the beauty and layered history of the country.

Is it safe to holiday in Tunisia?

Please be aware the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all travel to:

  • The Chaambi Mountains National Park and the designated military operations zones of Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma and Mount Mghila.
  • The militarised zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba.
  • Within 20km of the rest of the Libya border area north of Dhehiba.
  • The town of Ben Guerdane and immediate surrounding area.

  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • All other areas within 75km of the Libyan border, including Remada, El Borma and the town of Zarzis.
  • The governorate of Kasserine, including the town of Sbeitla.
  • Within 10km of the border with Algeria south of Kasserine governorate, and within 30km of the border in El Kef and Jendouba governorates, including the archaeological site of Chemtou and the Biq region west of Ghardimaou.

  • You can contact the emergency services by calling 197 (police - when in cities and towns), 193 (national guard - when in rural areas or small villages), 190 (ambulance) or 198 (civil protection - for assistance at incidents, such as car accidents, to provide medical assistance and response to fire).

    A state of emergency was put in effect in Tunisia in November 2015 and has been extended a number of times, most recently on 5th of November 2018 by one month.

    Please visit the Foreign Travel Advice page for up-to-date information on travelling to Tunisia.


    Travelling to Tunisia? Don’t forget your travel insurance!

    Exploring the intricacies of Tunisia makes for a great holiday. A small but significant North African gem, Tunisia enjoys the benefits of a balmy Mediterranean coast and the beauty of its Ottoman heritage. With Holiday Extras, your cover for Tunisia is classed as a European travel insurance policy.

    Why Holiday Extras travel insurance for Tunisia works

    Holiday Extras ensures that your trip to Tunisia is trouble free by offering excellent insurance policies at competitive prices. Choose from three policies:

    • Bronze cover offers £500 of baggage insurance and another £1000 of cancellation cover per person, as well as £5 million towards medical costs.
    • Silver cover provides medical cover of £10 million, baggage cover at £1,500 and cancellation insurance of £2,500 per person
    • Gold cover raises your medical protection to £10 million, baggage cover to £2,000 and cancellation cover to £5,000 per person.
    • Platinum cover raises your medical protection to £10 million, baggage cover to £2,000, cancellation cover to £5,000 per person and £500 for personal money, passport and documents.

    Single trip and annual multi-trip policies are available. Choose annual cover and you’ll benefit from the same cover levels offered on a single trip cover for an entire year.

    Policy Excess

    Most insurers require a certain amount to be deducted from a claim to be considered: this is called the policy excess. The excess on Holiday Extras' policies ranges from £0-£150, with many sections of our cover requiring no excess at all. If you would prefer to avoid the excess for all of the sections of cover, we suggest selecting a platinum policy.

    Tips for travel to Tunisia

    Currency - Tunisia trades in the Tunisian dinar. It is illegal to import or export the dinar, so you'll have to change your money at the airport when you arrive. Do not change too much, as you can only re-exchange 30 per cent of the amount, and be sure to keep your receipts.

    Dressing - It is advisable for women to dress modestly in Tunisia.

    Medical - Consult with your GP six to eight weeks before travelling. Both Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations are usually recommended, and required vaccinations are necessary to benefit from our medical insurance.

    Top things to do in Tunisia

    • The Bardo Museum is home to the world's largest collection of Roman mosaics.
    • Visit the ruins of Carthage, former capital of the Phoenician government, on the shores of the Mediterranean.
    • Breathe in the fresh sea air of Hammamet, a fishing town with gorgeous natural scenery and heaps of unspoiled charm.
    • Delve into the Sahara region, where shifting sands and awe-inspiring landscapes are the norm, and hidden gems like Chenini village paint a unique picture of Tunisian life.
    • Lake Ichkeul, populated by herons, flamingos and storks, offers an unparalleled bird watching experience.

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    *Prices based on 1 adult aged 21 with no pre-existing medical conditions, travelling to Europe inc Spain/Cyprus/Malta/Turkey or Greece for 7 days. Price correct as of April 2019.

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