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Tunisia is renowned as a sun, sand and sea destination but there’s lots more to this enchanting North Africa country. Having travel insurance in place can give you peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Let’s take a look.

Tunisia is renowned as a sun, sand and sea destination but there’s lots more to this enchanting North Africa country. Having travel insurance in place can give you peace of mind so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Let’s take a look.

Josh Daniels
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Posted 01 FEBRUARY 2021

Why do I need travel insurance for Tunisia?

Travel insurance is always a good idea, and it’s no different for Tunisia. According to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), there’s no free healthcare for visitors to the country and private medical treatment is expensive. Travel insurance could cover the cost of any medical care you need if you’re sick or injured while you’re holidaying there.

If you have to cancel your trip due to a reason that’s stated in your policy, such as a family bereavement, cancellation cover could reimburse you for the cost of your trip. If you need to cut short your trip, tell your insurance provider the reason before you travel home. They’ll need to know before deciding whether to pay out for an emergency flight home.

Like many tourist destinations, Tunisia suffers from petty crime such as pick pocketing and bag-snatching. Travel insurance could cover your belongings if they’re stolen (or lost or damaged). Always check a policy’s single article limit as this is the most you can claim back for an individual item that needs to be replaced.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 

A travel traffic light system has been introduced for international travel. From 19 July 2021, trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. However, you’ll still need to fulfil any pre-departure requirements, such as testing. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant local authority.

If a country is on the green or amber list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you’re aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and to check travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed at short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red listed countries. Should you choose to travel against the FCDO rules, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase. Some providers do offer cover for international travel if you’re travelling for essential purposes, however most do not. In all cases, should you have any queries please check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before purchasing to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

Our panel includes insurance providers who quote cover for all medical conditions declared on our website, with no exclusions.

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPs) has launched a directory of insurance providers on its Money Advice Service website that may be able to provide quotes over the phone, if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at the Money Advice Service or by calling the British Insurance Brokers’ Association on 0370 950 1790.

What kind of travel insurance could I need for Tunisia?

The type of travel insurance you’ll need depends on what you plan to do in Tunisia. If you’re planning nothing more strenuous than chilling on a beach with a good book, you should be covered by standard travel insurance. But if you’re planning to go, say, windsurfing, you might need water sports travel insurance.

While Tunisia is part of Africa, some insurance providers consider the country to be in Europe for travel insurance reasons. Therefore you might find that travel insurance for Europe offers enough cover, rather than paying for worldwide cover. However, the country isn’t covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

What else should I think about ahead of a visit to Tunisia?

In 2018 the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) lifted a travel ban to Tunisia, which had been in place following a series of terrorist attacks in recent years. Brits can now visit Tunisia, however, on April 6, 2019, the UK government extended by one month a ‘state of emergency’ in the country. Have a look at the government’s website for advice on staying safe in Tunisia.

Events related to terrorism aren’t usually covered by travel insurance. However, you will be covered for the cost of any emergency medical treatment related to a terrorist attack. Also, be aware that if you change your mind about making a trip because of safety concerns, you might not be able to claim a refund on your travel insurance. Read our guide to travel insurance and terrorism for more information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Tunisia?

Brits don’t need a visa for visits of up to three months. Make sure your passport is valid for the whole duration of your stay. If you have a British passport and were born outside of the UK, you might have to go through extra security checks.

Any other travel tips for Tunisia?

Vaccinations Visit your doctor between four and eight weeks before your trip. You may be advised to get vaccines for hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid - these are typically free through the NHS.

Tipping It’s generally appreciated and, at times, expected. A tip of about 10% should be okay when you’re eating at a restaurant.

Currency The Tunisian Dinar is the currency of Tunisia. It’s a closed currency, meaning it's illegal to import or export the currency in or out of Tunisia. You can exchange your cash for local currency at banks, hotels and post offices in Tunisia.

Climate Expect Mediterranean conditions in the popular destinations on the northern coast. In July and August, temperatures of about 40 degrees are fairly common.

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