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Traveling to Tunisia with your pet

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Wondering if your pet can accompany you to Tunisia? Discover the relating formalities in this article.

When planning your move to Tunisia, you will probably be wondering whether your pet can accompany you. The country is rather open to pets provided you comply with existing regulations and obligations. Note that restrictions apply to some dog breeds, but in all cases this should not be very complicated.

Procedures

The Direction Générale des Douanes Tunisiennes website requires all foreign nationals wishing to move to Tunisia with their pet to:

  • request for a health certificate for their pet from a veterinary 3 days prior to the date of departure. This document has to be produced upon arrival in the country.
  • make sure to update the pet's vaccination certificate (rabies vaccination and efficiency test required)
  • request for a veterinary to fit their pet with an identification microchip.

In case you fail to comply with these obligations, your pet will be quarantined upon its arrival in Tunisia.

Prohibitions

The following dog breeds are not allowed into the country:

  • Pitbull
  • Rottweiler
  • Tosa
  • Mastiff or Boer bull

Fees

Moving to Tunisia with your pet definitely involves some fees, whether it is a cat or a dog. Here are a few indications:

  • around 90 euros for the rabies antibodies test
  • around 15 euros per kilo for the pet's transport along with its cage (varying from one airline company to another)
  • around 50 euros for the identification microchip.

Pet food

When looking for pet food in Tunisia, you might probably not find your usual brands. However, the market is diversifying gradually. You are quite likely to find your pet's habitual kibbles and cans in hypermarkets.

Veterinaries

There are many veterinaries in Tunisia, so you should not have to worry about your pet's health care.

Local norms

As Tunisia is a Muslim country, cats are more easily accepted than dogs. Although morals have evolved over the years, many property owners refuse to let their housing units to dog owners. The same applies to going out with your dog, especially to the restaurant. So make sure to gather all necessary information beforehand.

 Good to know:

In all cases, make sure to inquire about all these formalities and norms with the Tunisian Customs before moving so as to avoid any surprises on your arrival.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Moving to Tunisia with pets Forum 
Direction Générale des Douanes www.douane.gov.tn

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