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"piccola e bellissima Tunisia"

Rating: 5 - Excellent Reviewed 15 January 2013
Uno "spicchio" bellissimo dell'immenso Sahara tunisino... dune di sabbia, ma anche piste e montagne non toccate dal turismo di massa. A chi la sa conoscere, la Tunisia offre infiniti scorci originali... a me ha cambiato la vita.

is the northernmost country in Africa. It is an Arab Maghreb country and is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Its area is almost 165,000 square kilometres (64,000 sq mi), with an estimated population of just over 10.4 million. Its name is derived from the capital Tunis located in the northeast. Tunisia is the smallest of the nations situated along the Atlas mountain range. The south of the country is composed of the Sahara desert, with much of the remainder consisting of particularly fertile soil and 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) of coastline. Tunisia has relations with both the European Union—with whom it has an association agreement—and the Arab world. Tunisia is also a member of the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League, and the African Union. Tunisia has established close relations with France in particular, through economic cooperation, industrial modernization, and privatisation programs.

Capital TUNISI
Currency dinaro tunisino (TND)
Country code 00216
Spoken languages ​​ Arabic, French

You need your Passport with residual validity of at least three months, if the stay is less than 90 days. If you remain in the country beyond the 90 days allowed, you must ask the police jurisdiction, a residence permit, and state the reasons therefore. For cases that have a remaining validity of passport is less than 90 days, you should consult beforehand at the Tunisian Embassy or consulates present in Italy or at your travel agent. Only if travel organized by tour operators "(exhibiting" voucher "attesting to the payment of the stay at the Italian tourist agency and the return ticket whose date matches the term of stay in Tunisia), the entry into the country is allowed with a valid identity card needed for border crossing. The identity card must obviously be valid and restore photos and personal details of the holder. A photocopy of the document can never replace the original, even if it is a certified copy of the original. Otherwise, the traveler is exposed to the risk of being rejected at the border. Therefore we do not recommend attempting entry into Tunisia without the required documentation.


Public hospitals, widely present on the national territory, are rather crowded and often poorly equipped to deal with major emergencies, especially in suburban areas. Definitely closer to Western standards is healthcare guaranteed by private clinics ("polyclinics"), especially in the capital and in major cities to Tunisian. Such assistance is provided in return for payment, to an average cost, accessible and with major international health insurance. Emergency numbers and utilities are included in the section "useful addresses and numbers". TIPS We recommend that you: -follow the normal precautions as regards public health nutrition; -drink beverages without adding ice. We recommend, however, to conclude, before embarking on the trip, an international insurance policy that includes in addition to the coverage of medical expenses also possible emergency repatriation.


Mediterranean climate and ventilation on the coasts. Winters are mild and summers are very hot with temperatures can exceed 40 degrees. Higher temperatures are recorded in the South of the country with marked variations between day and night.


Driving Licence: Italiana. Insurance Green card or entering into temporary frontier insurance. Short term insurance: a visitor does not have a green card must buy short-term insurance in Tunisia. You can buy insurance at land borders of Babouch (Algeria) and Has Jedir (Libya) and the ports of Tunis, Bizerte, Sfax, Sousse and Gabès. Rental vehicles and vehicles driven by persons other than the owner Import: a car rented or borrowed can be imported without customs document. The importer must be in possession of the vehicle rental document or a notarised authorization. Use of vehicle: a vehicle temporarily imported in Tunisia can be driven by any visitor provided that both insured and having a letter of approval of entry customs. If the owner of the vehicle imported temporarily in Tunisia leaves the country without the vehicle, he shall notify the Customs and to reseal the vehicle. Compulsory equipment Helmets for motorcyclists: required. Safety belts, child seat: the use of safety belts is mandatory on the front seats of vehicles. It is not recommended to carry children on the front seats of the vehicle. Triangle: required. In case of necessity, must be placed 30 metres behind the vehicle and must be visible at a distance of 100 m. Alcohol in blood Limit allowed: a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.05% is liable to penalties (fines and driving disqualification). Offenses of a certain severity (speeding, overtaking prohibited) be sanctioned with the withdrawal of the licence which is returned at the end of the investigation, on payment of any pecuniary fine. Highways There are the following motorways: A1 Tunis-Hammamet-Sousse-Sfax (270 km) A3-Medjez el Bab Tunis-Oued Zarga (66 km) A4 Tunis-Bizerte (56 km) The toll is to be paid in cash. Extreme caution is recommended in the Guide, particularly outside of urban perimeters, given the high accident, even deadly, detected on Tunisian roads every year. (see in this respect the report on road safety in the world). Offenses of a certain severity (speeding, overtaking prohibited) be sanctioned with the withdrawal of the licence which is returned at the end of the investigation, on payment of any pecuniary fine. In the event of a serious traffic accident, causing the death of a Tunisian citizen, is expected initially "precautionary" shutdown driver (including foreign nationals), followed by the activation of a judicial process aimed at the establishment of any responsibility. This means that the driver is held for a period ranging from a few days up to two months. In this case, the Italian citizen in custody "precautionary", or his attorney, shall immediately inform the Embassy of Italy in Tunis. In the case of travel in desert areas, we recommend the use of vehicles adapted to the type of roads (jeep) and to indicate their presence at the nearest Tunisian National Guard barracks. Road rescue services are widely available in urban areas, much less rural and suburban areas. Emergency numbers and public utilities are included in the section "useful addresses and numbers".

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