How to Obtain a Tunisian Visa

By Samia Fitouri | Dec 28 2011 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

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While many citizens worldwide do not require a visa to enter Tunisia (most notably Canadians, Americans, Gulf citizens, many citizens of various European nations, as well as the francophone African countries), nationals from certain locations need to check in with their respective embassies in order to obtain a visa.

Not needing a visa to visit Tunisia is good news for some, however these tips should be taken into consideration regardless:

First, check the current validity of your passport. Second, make sure your passport has blank pages for visas. Finally, confirm if a transit visa is required for any connecting flights. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination require a separate transit visa.

Those who need a visa must provide a variety of documents, which vary slightly from country to country. It is important to mention that applicants must apply, in person, at the nearest Tunisian Embassy. The necessary paperwork detailed below is for reference purposes only. Please address all additional questions directly to your nearest Tunisian Embassy.

-A signed passport - with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

-Two passport-style photos

-Your visa application form - The visa application form must be filled out, in its entirety (in block lettering), and signed by the applicant.

-An itinerary-A copy of your round trip tickets or a confirmed itinerary.

-A foreign exchange or credit card copy - Applicants must provide copies of their foreign exchange or credit card.

-A copy of your hotel reservations

- A personal Invitation - If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation. The letter must include the contact information of the host and visitor, the purpose and duration of the visit, and a confirmation of accommodation – which includes an address, signature, and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host’s residence in Tunisia. This can either be a copy of their Tunisian passport’s information page or, if they are not Tunisian citizens, copies of their Tunisian residence permit and the information pages of their passport.

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    I would like to know if the above mentioned visa application requirements are legal requirements and if so the codified reference. This is the first I have seen the need to provide copies of credit cards, which I find highly irregular. Also a visa can be obtained at Tunis Carthage Airport for a small cost without any need for passport photos, invitations, itineraries, visa card copies or foreign exchange.

  1. Obtaining a visa on arrival is possible too although it takes a long time, passengers would wait for 2hours minimum to be granted one. Hence, getting a visa beforehand would be time-saving.Concerning the requirements, as mentioned in the article, these are only standardized reference documents and the visa applicant is definitely supposed to consult the nearest Tunisian embassy for personalized requests.Some nationals do , in fact, need to provide a copy of their credit card, some others might not be asked to do so. It varies from a country to another.

  2. if the official is not distracted and you have your 10 or 35 dinars it takes about 10 minutes to have the vias in your passport. If you don’t have the cash they allow you to go through get the cash from the ATM or Bank and come back.

  3. In the current economic climate the authorities should be doing everything possible to make it as straightforward as possible to come to Tunisia as a tourist or business person. This could be the dropping of visa requirements for countries that do not pose any risk to Tunisia.

  4. im a south african citizen visitting my fiance n tozeur tunisia….my visa expire on the 13 dec 2012…according to the tunisian embassy in south african i should extend my visa at the carthage airport??how long does this take?i have to travel frpm tozeur again to tunis to do this.What are the fees?What is needed for my extension of the visa?regards

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  6. I have been to tunisia once in year 2008 i was in souuse the home of etoile sporting du sahel then they want to sign my younger brother who is a footballer so i enjoy my stay there so i wish to go back now for tourism so how is it possible tunisia is a nice place we where lodge in hotel khalif then so i want to go for holiday now

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