VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Tunisia
Since 1998, the visa for Russian citizens entering Tunisia for the purpose of tourism has been abolished. Now the basis for entering the country is a voucher tour. agency that books the tour to Tunisia. For children going on vacation unaccompanied by their parents (as part of a children’s group, with relatives and friends of their parents), a notarized power of attorney addressed to the person accompanying the child is required. At the airport in Tunisia, upon arrival, free of charge, a stamp is placed in the passport for crossing the border.
In the case of a private visit, a visa is required. It is issued at the country’s embassy upon submission of the following documents:
1 photo 3 x 4 in size;
1 questionnaire in English or French;
passport and invitation.
The term for issuing a visa by the consular department is from 1 to 5 days.
Consular fee – about $7.
The visa is valid for entry within a month from the date of issue at the consulate and 1 month from the date of entry into the country.
Children entered in the passport of their parents enter the country without paying a consular fee. For children who go on vacation unaccompanied by their parents, and in this case it is necessary to present a notarized power of attorney addressed to the accompanying person.
The import of 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500 g of tobacco is allowed into the country; 2 liters of alcoholic beverages with a strength of less than 25%, 1 liter with a strength of more than 25%. The import of video cameras is subject to declaration. Cameras and their accessories are not subject to declaration.
The import of drugs and weapons is prohibited.
When exporting products of national culture (carpets, silver jewelry) from Tunisia, you should be ready to present an invoice to the customs officer. Items under $250 are tax-exempt.
Embassy in Tunisia
Tunisia, embassy in Moscow
Malaya Nikitskaya, 28/1, tel.: 291 28 58.
Tunisia, embassy website: http://www.tunisia.ru/
Tunisia, Russian Embassy in the country:
4, rue des Bergmotes. El Manar 1. Tunis tel. 88 27 57, 88 24 46; fax 88 24 78.
Communication in Tunisia
There are many payphones (“taxiphones”) in Tunisia and all of them have access to an international line (for this you need to dial “00”). When calling to Russia: you need to dial: 00 (international line code) – 7 (Russia) – code of the Russian city (Moscow 095, St. Petersburg 812.) – subscriber number.
A call to Russia from a payphone will cost about 1 dinar per minute. For long-distance calls within Tunisia, a zero is added to the city codes in front: Tunis (city) area – 01, Bizerte, Nabeul and Hammamet – 02, Mahdia, Sousse and Monastir – 03, Sfax area – 04, Gabes, Tatavin, Kebili, Djerba – 05, Gafsa, Tauzar, Sidi Bou Zid – 06, Kairouan and Kasserine – 07, Tabarka and Le Kef – 08. The cost of internal negotiations is 1/2 dinars and 100 millimes.
You can call from the call center. They are easy to recognize by the TAXIPHON INTERNATIONALE sign. Points work from 8.00 to 22.00. You can exchange money at the call center employee.
The most uneconomical way to call Russia is from your hotel room or from a hotel call center. The call will cost – 4-5 US dollars per minute.
Emergency Phones in Tunisia
Police – 197.
Fire brigade – 198.
Ambulance – 190 or 24-hour 846, 767.
Night ambulance – 717-171 Inquiry
– 12 or 120.
Exact time (in French) – 191.
Tunisian National Department of Tourism – 341 -077.
National Tourism Organization of Tunisia (ONTT) – 341-077 (capital).
Tunis-Carthage International Airport (Tunis-Carthage) – 288-000, 236-000.
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year’s Day
March 20 – Independence Day
March 21 – Youth Day
April 9 – Martyrs’ Day
May 1 – Labor
Day July 25 – Republic
Day August 13 – Women’s Day
November 7 – President Ben Ali’s Assumption Day
Tunisia is a Muslim country where religious holidays are sacred. The Muslim calendar distinguishes three major holidays: Eid es-Segir (Little Eid) and Eid el-Kebir (Great Eid) – two-day holidays associated with sacrifices, as well as Mulud – the birthday of the Prophet, which is especially colorful in Kairouan. In addition, numerous unofficial holidays dedicated to local or pan-Arab Muslim saints – marabouts, are marked by pilgrimages to their burial place. Most often, the pilgrimage becomes an occasion for a bright holiday held near the burial place of the saint, which is also called marabout (or kubba).
There are no private closed beaches in Tunisia. All of them are available. But each hotel has its own area, for the cleanliness of which he is responsible. Access to the beach is free, sun loungers are usually too. Paid on some beaches are plastic sunbeds with mattresses. By the pools there is always a hotel employee who, at the request of vacationers, will bring a sun lounger or umbrella for free. In most Tunisian hotels, the service does not include beach towels. Tourists need to take care of them themselves. Despite the low crime rate in the country, it is not recommended: take valuables to the beach and leave them unattended, buy fruits on the beach, they are expensive and poorly washed here.
The national sport, or age-old tradition – bargaining in buying and selling – remains the most pleasant and surest way to set the real price for a souvenir, an oriental carpet, or even a camel ride. But bargaining is welcomed, and even encouraged, only in the markets (“souks”), and the longer the bargaining lasts, the more respect the buyer deserves. Moreover, prices in the markets for the sake of this “custom” are often inflated three times and bargaining contributes to a significant reduction in prices. In large stores, bargaining is inappropriate. Here they are responsible for the quality of their products.
In no case should photographs be taken of military installations, government institutions and people with weapons and in uniform. It is strictly forbidden to film the presidential palace. When visiting the museum, if you plan to shoot in it, you must purchase a special ticket (worth 1 TND). It is also better not to photograph the Tunisians themselves without first obtaining their consent.
According to thembaprograms, there are many places to shop in Tunisia: There are MONOPRIX and GENERAL state supermarkets in every resort town of Tunisia (open from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18:45, in summer – from 7:30 to 15:00). Most of them are department stores. The prices here are fixed and indicated on the product. The largest and most famous is the GENERAL retail chain. By the way, only alcoholic drinks are sold here. Along with these stores, there are small shops in the cities selling food and goods necessary for everyday life. They work, as a rule, without a break and until late. There prices are also fixed, but compare favorably with the prices of hotel shops. The center of shops and malls in each city is the so-called Medina (ancient Arab quarters in the center, surrounded by a city wall). The vast majority of goods are souvenirs, handicrafts, all kinds of spices, fruits and locally produced clothes. In Tunisia, it is customary to bargain. Bargaining in the Medina is an essential attribute, and the buying process is a real “theater of two actors.”
Tipping is not obligatory, but in most cafes and restaurants it is customary to leave on the table from 300-500 millimeters to 1 TND. The waiter is usually entitled to about 10% of the bill. The maids are left about 5 TND per week, and no one dares to take the money left in the room personally. Porter – about 500 millimeters, drivers and guides – 3-5 TND per person or 5-10 TND per family. Tipping is usually not expected in taxis, but rounding the amount or 200-500 millimeters “as a token of gratitude” is only welcome.
Unlike other Muslim countries, Tunisia has rather soft norms of behavior for tourists and Islamic restrictions are not so strictly observed (mores are more traditional in the interior regions). Alcoholic drinks are freely sold in specialized stores. In the resort areas, tourists can dress as they wish, but it is not recommended to walk around the capital and the old Muslim quarters in shorts, short skirts and open T-shirts. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting holy places. Topless is allowed on the beach or by the pool of your hotel.
It is not recommended to consider women in a veil. It is not customary to eat while standing or on the move, to look into the face of a person busy eating. During Ramadan, Muslims do not smoke or eat from dawn to dusk. Tourists are also advised to refrain from smoking, drinking and eating on city streets during this time. Being drunk on the street can lead to detention and a decent fine. You can drink and smoke freely in hotels, but wine and beer are twice as expensive as in the city.
For foreigners, medical care is paid. The cost of services is relatively low, and the quality is quite acceptable. Large tourist centers have modern medical clinics. Almost every hotel has a first aid station where they provide first aid, and in difficult cases they are immediately hospitalized or referred to a qualified doctor.
If you have medical insurance, emergency cases of illness will be paid by the insurance company. Therefore, it is better to buy it. Chronic diseases cannot be treated under insurance. When entering the country, it is not necessary to be vaccinated, but still vaccination against tropical malaria and yellow fever. not prevent.
A pharmacy in each city can be found by the sign “PHARMACIE”. They are open from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00. Every village has a night pharmacy. A pharmacy in Tunisia is more than a place to buy medicines. There are specialists with a good medical education who can always give a little advice, if the disease is not very serious, give an injection, measure blood pressure or provide first aid. The most important rules for a tourist who came to Tunisia is to thoroughly wash vegetables and fruits (it is better to peel them too) and not to drink raw tap water.