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If you intend to make a more than 90 days stay in Tunisia, you will need a visa. Discover the relating formalities in this article.

When making a short stay in Tunisia, that is a less than 90 days stay, nationals of some countries are exempted from the visa requirement while others have to apply for an entry visa. However, in the case of a long stay, that is a more than 90 days stay, a visa is required.

Types of visas

Entry visa

The entry visa allows foreign nationals to make a maximum of 90 days stay in the country. Application has to be made at the nearest Tunisian diplomatic mission or consulate on their home country. In case there is no Tunisian representative in their home country, the request can be made to the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Nationale in Tunis. The visa will then be issued by post.

Transit visa

The transit visa applies to foreign nationals who intend to pass by Tunisia and make a maximum of 7 days stay. This visa is issued at Tunisia diplomatic and consular offices, as well as at transit border posts.

Temporary visa

The temporary visa applies to foreign nationals who are planning to make a more than 3 months stay without any intention to settle there. In general, this visa is valid for a year and is renewable. You can also apply for an exceptional temporary visa which is valid for two years and renewable by the Ministry of Interior.

Documents to be produced are the following:

  • proof of legal entry into Tunisia
  • purpose of stay
  • proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country.

Ordinary visa

The ordinary visa applies to foreign nationals who intend to make a long stay in Tunisia. However, holders of the ordinary visa who are planning to travel out of the country have to obtain a return visa, which is valid for a year, to come back. Otherwise, the ordinary visa will no longer be valid.

To be eligible to an ordinary visa, either of the conditions have to be met:

  • you are the holder of a temporary visa since 5 continuous years
  • you are married to a Tunisian national
  • you have Tunisian children
  • you have served Tunisia in a considerable way.

Resident card

To be allowed to make a more than 3 months stay in Tunisia, you have to apply for a resident card at the nearest police station to your place of residence. There are two types of resident cards:

  • the temporary resident card for holders of the temporary visa
  • the ordinary resident card for holders of the ordinary visa.

Documents to be produced are the following:

  • a photocopy of your passport (the first page and those with the entry and exit stamps)
  • passport-size identity photos
  • 2 tax stamps (10 dinars each)
  • proof of residence in Tunisia (lease or sale contract) certified by the nearest municipality
  • a family book or any similar document (for couples)
  • an employment contract or other proof of funds in Tunisia
  • proof of a bank account in Tunisia.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Visas for Tunisia Forum 
Government of UK – Entry requirements www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
US Department of State – Traveling to Tunisia travel.state.gov/content/passports

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