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Travel warning for Tunisia

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).

    Visit the Foreign Travel Advice page for up to date information.

    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 range from around £75-£100, 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 adding the excess waiver to your 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.