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Fly from Johannesburg to Tunis-Cathage International Airport (JNB-TUN) with Emirates (via Dubai), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Air France (via Paris), BA (via London) or Virgin Atlantic (via London).
Fly from Johannesburg to Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport (JNB-MIR) with Ethiopian/Tunisair (via Addis Ababa & Paris) or Air France (via Paris).
Fly from Johannesburg to Djerba-Zarzis International Airport (JNB-DJE) with Egyptair/Tunisair (via Addis Ababa & Paris) or Air France/Tunisair (via Paris).
Fly from Cape Town to Tunis-Cathage International Airport (CPT-TUN) with Emirates (via Dubai), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Lufthansa (via Munich), Air France (via Paris), Condor/Tunisair (via Paris), BA (via London) or Virgin Atlantic (via London).
Fly from Durban to Tunis-Cathage International Airport (DUR-TUN) with Emirates (via Dubai).
Visa requirements for South African citizens to enter Tunisia include:
Passport and copy
Completed application form
Passport sized photos
Latest bank statement and copy
Confirmation of travel insurance and copy
Proof of tour, accommodation, and air ticket plus one copy of all
Reference letter from your South African employer or educational institution
Additional documents may be requested
Business visitors need the above plus a letter of invitation from a Tunisian business
It is possible for visa requirements to have changed since the date the above was set up. To check the latest requirements contact the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia at 012-342-6282/83. Their physical address in South Africa is at 850 Church Street, Arcadia, Pretoria. An honorary consulate resides in Cape Town at 40 Fifth Avenue, Rondebosch East. Reach them at 021-697-0293. Note that the consulate and Embassy are both closed on Tunisian public holidays.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Tunisia requiring embassy assistance.
Street Address : 7 Rue Achtart, Nord-Hilton, Tunis
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number : + 216-71-798-449
The currency used in Tunisia is the Tunisian dinar.
Arabic is the national language with French being the popular foreign language. English is spoken in major cities.
Places of interest in Tunisia include:
Sousse is where to head for holiday fun. This lively town is packed with students, locals, and visitors making for an energetic atmosphere. Its enormous medina is packed with great places to shop and its beautiful beaches filled with soft, smooth sand are perfect for sun worshopping.
Jerba is a holiday hot-spot with picture-perfect beaches. The whitewashed domed architecture, heat, and bright sun make for a true Mediterranean experience. This island also has a curious ethnic mix: indigenous Berbers co-exist with a small Jewish community. Tourists are usually drawn here for package holidays that take advantage of the beaches and hot weather.
Tozeur is famous for the salt lake Chott el-Jerid. Covered in a white sheet of salt, the lake is dry for most of the year and even has a causeway running over it. Head onwards to the town of Tozeur to see the elaborate walls, arches, and houses in its old quarter. You won’t miss its palmeraie, a collection of 20,000 palms fed by 200 springs. This remarkable oasis is best explored by bicycle.
Douz is the best access point if you want to explore Tunisia’s desert. Expedition tours will take you into its mysterious, silent expanses that are broken only by the tall dunes. This oasis town also features a massive palmeraie that contains over 400,000 palm trees, which provide respite from the blazing desert heat.
Visit between March and May when the country’s Mediterranean climate is at its most temperate. Springtime is especially beautiful as wildflowers grow in droves. Avoid most of the country during the summer months. Only the beaches are cool enough, though you’ll have to compete for space with many other tourists. If you’re keen to see the desert, come in November for cooler temperatures and an abundance of music festivals.
You may either want to time your visit to Tunisia to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
4 February (Mouled: Prophet's Anniversary)
20 March (Independence Day)
21 March (Youth Day)
9 April (Martyr’s Day)
1 May (Labour Day)
25 July (Republic Day)
13 August (Women’s Day)
Floating Public Holidays:
Islamic New Year