Tunisia, which derives its name from its capital city of Tunis, is a nation in North Africa with access to both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia has a wide variety of tourist attractions, such as archaeological sites, historic ruins, and golden, sunny beaches. Annual tourism to Tunisia exceeds 8 million.
However, you must ascertain whether you require a Tunisia visa before making travel arrangements.
This article describes the types of Tunisia visas available, how to apply for one, and who is excluded from needing one when they arrive.
Is a Visa Required for Tunisia?
If you are not a citizen of one of the nations listed in the table below, you must apply for a visa to Tunisia. For visits of up to 90 days, citizens of the following nations can visit Tunisia without a visa:
- An EU Member State (excluding Cyprus)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Costa Rica
- Ivory Coast
- Equatorial Guinea
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
- Vatican City
*Canada along with Germany citizens are allowed to stay visa-free for up to 4 months.
Citizens of Bulgaria can only stay for up to two months, whereas Greece nationals must not exceed a 1-month stay.
Tunisia Visa Requirements
When you apply for a Tunisia visa, you must have a number of supporting documents, including:
- A visa application form for Tunisia.
- Your passport, which was issued within the last ten years, is valid for at least another six months
- A duplicate of your passport’s first page.
- 1 or 2 passport-size photos of you that meet the requirements below, depending on the consulate or embassy:
- Dimensions: 35mm x 45mm
- Light gray background
- Your face must take up 65% – 75% of the picture
- Your facial features must be clearly visible
- You must be staring straight ahead with a neutral facial expression
- Glasses are not recommended. If you do decide to wear them, they must not obstruct your eyes and face. Tinted glasses are strictly not allowed.
- Do not wear headgear, unless it is for religious purposes. Even so, your face must be fully visible
- For babies and infants who cannot support themselves: Take the picture from the above as they are lying down. You must not be shown supporting them or holding them up.
- Proof of accommodation in Tunisia.
- Hotel reservation or other type of tourist accommodation
- A Letter of Invitation from a host in Tunisia
- Travel itinerary, including travel tickets, accommodation, dates of travel/departure etc.
- Any other documents related to your purpose of travel, such as a Letter of Invitation from Tunisian company if travelling for business etc.
- Proof of paid Tunisia visa fee, as per the specifications of the embassy or consulate.
Tunisia Online e-Visa
The Tunisian government said in 2017 that they will introduce an online system for applying for Tunisia visas, which would speed up and simplify the process. You will obtain a Tunisia eVisa on your email account after making a quick online application.
There will also be less prerequisites for an online visa.
However, as the Tunisia eVisa is not currently accessible, the only way to obtain a visa at this time is in person at a Tunisian embassy or consulate.
Can I obtain a Tunisia visa at the airport?
Only nationals of the nations listed above who are exempt from visa requirements are eligible for a Tunisia visa on arrival. You may stay for a maximum of three months (four months in Canada and Germany).
You must arrive with a passport that was issued within the last ten years and is still valid for at least another six months.
However, foreign people who have a residency permit for a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state may also be eligible for a Tunisian visa on arrival:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Visa for Tunisia for Americans
If they intend to stay in Tunisia for less than 90 days, US nationals do not require a visa. Unless you hold a US B1/B2 visa, foreign nationals who are temporarily residing in the US must apply for a Tunisia visa at a Tunisian embassy or consulate there.
A Tunisia long-stay visa and Tunisia resident permit are required if you are a citizen of the US and plan to stay in Tunisia for more than 90 days.