Tunisia Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio Yes
malaria no
Eat Drink
yellow fever no


Medical care is good, at least in Tunis, e.g. T. very good. Some restrictions are to be expected outside the capital. Occasionally there is also a lack of European-trained, English- or French-speaking doctors in the periphery. Before you start your journey, you should obtain the TN/A 11 holiday health insurance certificate from your health insurance company. In the event of illness, contact the nearest regional or local office of the Caisse Nationale de Sécurité Sociale (CNSS). In all hospitals and doctors, treatment is only available against cash payment. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Here, too, individual advice from a tropical doctor or travel doctor makes sense. Night pharmacies and pharmacies open on Sundays are listed in the daily newspapers. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Food and drink

Tap water is chlorinated and is normally harmless, but may cause slight stomach problems when you get used to it, which is why bottled water is recommended for the first few days of your holiday. Drinking water outside of major cities is not always sterile and should be boiled or otherwise sterilized, or purchased pre-packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Schistosomiasis pathogens can be found in some ponds and rivers, especially in Gafsa and Schott Djerit, so swimming and wading in inland waters should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Nationwide, there is a high risk of infection for hepatitis A and a medium risk of infection for hepatitis B. Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended. Hepatitis B is endemic. On the occasion of a trip it is advisable to should always consider hepatitis B vaccination. HIV/AIDS is a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by whiteflies, is rare nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Rabies occurs nationwide. Carriers include stray dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Health certificate

Travelers planning to stay in Tunisia for more than 30 days may be required to present a negative HIV test. All persons applying for a work or student visa must have a negative HIV test.



1 dinar = 1000 millimes. Currency code: DT, TND (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 50, 30 (not in normal circulation), 20, 10 and 5 TD. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2, 1, and 1/2 TD, as well as 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 millimes.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as American Express, Mastercard, Diners Club and Visa are accepted in larger cities and tourist areas. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card. Only credit cards or foreign currency are accepted in duty-free shops. Current note: Travelers should be very careful with their credit and ec cards due to the current accumulation of cash card crime in Tunisia. It is known e.g. E.g. that cards were copied unnoticed during the processing process at the machine or stolen in the hotel and put back unnoticed after use. A card can be blocked abroad under the following telephone numbers: EC cards: 0049-1805/02 10 21 or 0049-69/74 09 87; American Express: 0049-69/97 97 10 00; Visa: 0049-800/81 18 440 or 001-41 05 81 38 36; Mastercard: 0800/819 1040 (in Germany) or 001-63 67 22 71 11; Diners Club: 0049-203 34 77 905 Central blocking emergency number: 0049-116 116.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol in major cities. Occasionally, however, no money or only a small amount can be withdrawn. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Traveller’s checks are accepted by a few banks in Tunisia’s larger cities.

Bank opening hours

Winter: mostly Mon-Fri 08.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00. Summer: mostly 7.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bank opening times are shorter during Ramadan.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Foreign currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited quantities; Declaration obligation from a value of 10,000 TD. The export of foreign currencies is limited to the import quantity or the declared amount (keep all forms and exchange receipts safe).

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged in all banks and in many hotels and post offices. The receipt that you get when you change money should be kept for a possible return exchange. Currency exchange on the street is prohibited.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
TND 1 EUR = 2.42
1 CHF = 2.87
1 USD = 2.32

Tunisia Money