New members of the Tunisia forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Tunisia forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Tunisia if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hello.

Im Zaahir and im from Mauritius and im planning to come and live in Tunis hopefully this year.

hello :)
my name is wassim and im from tunisia
Specifically in Mahdia and is a tourist country overlooking the sea and is quiet
Mr zaahir , your welcom
Where do you want to live in Tunisia?
nice to meet you  :top:

Hello I am Ron and at the moment I am teaching English in Latvia. I have the possibility of the offer of a teaching post in Sousse and I wonder if Tunisia is safe to live in. Also my French is poor but passable for some things. I am also curious about the amount required as a security deposit on an apartment.

hello
Mr Ron
What do you want me to help you?

Safe to live here? Very. Sousse has many expats.
Deposit on apartment? Nominal, usually one month's rent, sometimes with damage deposit, most often not.
Tunisia is a nice country to live in. The people are welcoming and friendly. I love it here.

Hi, hope you are doing great there......

please share your experiences on job hunting......... I have a visa free access for less than 3months and you think would be sufficient to get a survival job......

thanks in advance..... hope soon to see you in Tuni......

Hi all,

My name is Salah, and I'll be travelling to Tunisia this Wednesday. I googled what places to visit, but could anyone please tell me which place to avoid? I'm grateful for your answers

Hi,

I would avoid the following areas...

* Borders with Algeria and Libya and keep a safe distance from them
* Mountainous areas that tend to be on the western border with Algeria
* Areas where tourists gather e.g. tourist hotels. Stay mainly amongst the local population
* Guided tours frequented by tourists

That being written, I find Tunisia to be very safe in general.

That's very helpful. Thank you

Hi-
Lived in Atlanta vicinity and many other GA towns for 20 years....-and coming to Tunisia May ONE-hoping
to stay at least a year...

loved seeing your post-and from Atlanta-

Hi,

Remaining here longer than 4 months, if you are an American citizen, is not a problem if you apply for a Carte de Jour that allows for stays of 1 year and then annual renewals. Like most countries, Tunisia wants to make sure you have adequate financial resources to take care of yourself. To that end, you will first need to open a foreign currency account with a local bank such as BIAT and show deposits equal to, or greater than, $800 usd over a 90 day period. There are a few details to accomplish this too lengthy to write here. Just send me a private message and I can advise regarding the process.

Good luck, Gary

Hello everyone!

My name is Kimberly, I am a humanitarian worker from USA and a graduate student. I just received an internship offer with the United Nations Development Programme in Tunis and am excited to accept. Unfortunately, UN internships are unpaid so I am currently negotiating to work part-time so I can seek a part-time teaching job to pay my expenses. I would love to connect with others living in the area and also learn about potential part-time English teaching jobs. I'm sure I will have many other questions soon, but these are my top priorities. Thank you in advance for your advice!

Warmly,
Kimberly

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing this safety information, it seems consistent with what British and US embassies are making available. However, the US State Dept. has listed the entire country of Tunisia under the category of "increased caution and higher risk area". I see that the borders are generally to be avoided but what of Tunis itself? I'm really excited about my internship opportunity with the United Nations Development Programme, but I have heard mixed advice regarding how concerned I should be about safety.

I would love to hear from more women on this topic. Thank you so much for your time!

Best,
Kimberly

I don't know about living in Tunis, as I've always lived in smaller towns in the far south and on the coast. But my experience is that you have nothing to worry about safety-wise, provided you exercise the same caution you would anywhere, especially as a woman alone. I tend to travel quite a bit within Tunisia and have never encountered a dangerous situation, or even an unpleasant one, in which my safety was threatened. The advice posted by glpike 1 seems reasonable and informed. For example, I tend not to go driving to places like Le Kef or Kasserine these days, for the reasons he cites. Finally, I do feel much safer here than I do in the UK or US, or even in France.. where I was robbed! Hope this helps.

Hello my name is sandy I have been going on holidays to Tunisia now for 15 years , I have now decided I would love to live there as I feel so at home with the country .I would like to find out how I can do this .

Can you tell me if I have any chance of finding work

Hi Sandy,

Please see my post dated April 4th re: residency. What I omitted was to start the process, you will need to be here as I don't believe you can get residency at an embassy. Go to the nearest police station and ask where your local Foreign Office is located that handles immigration sometimes at a different station. There is usually one in each major city. There's a form to be completed along with 5 photos, an apartment lease having your Tunisian address that the owner needs to have officiated, an application fee paid to the local tax office and a bank letter showing deposits into a Tunisian bank. I opened a foreign currency account (U.S. $) at BIAT as I could not get a local currency account without a residence card (chicken or egg). The goverment wants to see 3 months of deposits which means you should open the account as soon as you get here. You then need the bank to provide a letter indicating your deposits.

Hope this helps.

Hi, many thanks for this information..do I need to have a certain amount in the bank to stay .

I was told $800 usd (or equivalent) minimum  per month that can be used. I believe they want to see an in/out flow and a remaining balance. My balance was about $996 when the letter was written.

French married to a French-Tunisian, we decided to go settle in Tunisia (to Carthage) to develop our box to develop applications.  :)

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