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 Tunisia - Formalities

Clearance

If possible, advise the port of your approach on VHF ch 16.

On arrival at a port of entry, all persons must remain on board until the formalities are completed. Formalities on arrival are usually simplified by the fact that the various officials will visit the boat, or are often waiting on the quay, on arrival.

Customs require a list of dutiable goods (especially alcohol) and often wish to see the yacht's insurance papers. They will issue a cruising permit (valid for 3 months and renewable for up to 1 year).

Then clear with Immigration and the Harbour Master (marine marchande) to whom harbour dues have to be paid. In subsequent ports officials may retain the permit during your visit and will request crew lists.

When leaving each port, pay the harbour fees and check out with the port police, who will want to know the yacht's next destination.

On departure from Tunisia, the permit must be surrendered to Customs. Immigration must also be visited.

Anchoring between ports is discouraged.

Last updated March 2017.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for 6 months.

Visas are not required for many nationals including those of most European countries, Canada, the United States and Japan.

Australian and South African citizens will be issued with a visa on arrival. New Zealand citizens require a visa in advance. There is no charge for the visa, which may be renewed.

Israeli nationals and those with Israeli stamps in their passports may not be allowed into the country.

On arrival, passports are stamped by the police for three months, renewable for another three. One must notify the authorities of any crew changes.

Last updated March 2017.

Customs

On entry, Customs will issue a "libre pratique" for a six months transit permit for the boat.

Large quantities of alcoholic drinks may be sealed by customs.

Spare parts can be imported duty-free if clearly marked yacht in transit.

Firearms must be declared to Customs on arrival.

Tunisian regulations require you to declare on entry any large amounts of money being brought in. You will also be asked to declare if you expect to have more than US$750 on you when you leave.

The export of Tunisian dinars is expressly prohibited. You could be required to show the currency declaration on departure.

Prescription medicines should be accompanied by the prescription and a doctor's note.

Last updated March 2017.

Documents

A cruising permit (triptique) is issued on arrival when clearing in, free of charge. The period of validity will be stated on the permit and is usually three months (six months in Monastir). It is renewable up to one year. If leaving the yacht in Tunisia, but departing the country by other means, the permit must be returned and Customs will put the yacht in containment, during which time one cannot cruise, although crew can remain on board. When wishing to cruise again, one must obtain a new permit. If a yacht is left in Tunisia in the care of a marina or boatyard while the owner is abroad, the validity of the permit can be extended.

Unattended boats may remain in Tunisia for any length of time provided Customs is informed.

Fees

Marina fees in most places are lower than in most European marinas. With the exception of Sidi Bou Said marina, where charges are high ((79 euro/night for 14.5m in 2010)), all other marina offer reduced rates for longer stays. (19 euro/night in Monastir for a 12m yacht in 2013).

There is a fee for issuing a visa on arrival (100 euro for non-EU citizens).

There is no fee for clearance or Customs.

Last updated March 2017.

Restrictions

The commercial port of Ghannouch 1.5 miles north of Gabes is prohibited to yachts.

Avoid taking any photographs near sensitive political or military sites.

Fishing with scuba gear is forbidden.

Local Customs

Tunisia is a Muslim country and visitors should respect the local customs, especially during the month of Ramadan. Visitors, and women in particular, should dress modestly. Only married couples are allowed to share rooms.

Pets

Dogs and cats must have health certificates and certificates of vaccination between one and six months old.

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Cottier
Cottier says:
Sep 05, 2016 09:08 PM

Winterization in Port Yasmine Hammamet, WARNING:
We left our catamaran Libellule in Hammamet from Aug-15 to May-16 and experienced the following difficulties:
1. When arriving we had a medical urgency and my wife needed to go urgently to the hospital. However, Immigration took our passports away and wanted money. The whole thing took about 90 minutes to resolve, the officers told us literally they didnt care if my wife died or not.
2. I sent a propeller from France to Hammamet, the parcel took 2 days to Hammamet and then 5 months, about 30 emails, and about EUR 1,000 of bribes to get it through customs.
3. We took the boat out of the water and left it in the shipyard Rodriguez. The antifouling they applied was of so poor quality that it lasted about 4 weeks before it partially started coming off and we had a real jungle under the boat; they did not even bother to put groundpaint below the antifouling, nor did they sand the underboat before applying the antifouling.
4. The repairs we had asked them to execute were not done; no spare parts available locally, and poor/unreliable workmanship.
5. On the way out of Tunisia customs wanted money again, but this time we got away with paying nothing.
So if you consider winterizing your boat there, make sure you do it in a smarter way than us (bring your own spare parts, no antifouoling job, no taking it out of the water, bring more time to fight bribes, no medical emergencies.
Sorry, Tunisia used to be a really nice country, and I had really good experiences there in the past, but this time it was just really really bad. People were friendly, though.
Philipp Cottier, s/v Libellule, Switzerland

maisuma
maisuma says:
Jul 05, 2016 12:56 PM

We visited Gammarth Marina in April/May this year and were very pleased with the service and security provided by the marina as well as the customs and police authorities. We were asked for a gift from the customs authorities on departure, and they were pleased with a bottle of wine. Other cruisers we know have been visiting Bizerte (after it opened in May 2016) and they were not too happy, especially because they were asked for corruption money from the police and customs. We visited Gammarth together with the boat, and were treated with respect and politeness. For entering Tunisia we can recommend Gammarth.

IceBear
IceBear says:
Feb 02, 2016 01:43 AM

I would like to say that Tunisia is open for buisness and the people are friendly. We keep our Catamaran in Port Yasmine and life is good there. We have no second thoughts about going there. Just came back at Christmas. (Canadians)

IceBear
IceBear says:
Feb 02, 2016 01:41 AM

this tax is no more and the Alchol tax has also been reduced

Mario Borg
Mario Borg says:
Aug 26, 2015 03:15 PM

Update Aug 2015
New Tax has been introduced October 2014 it will now cost 3 TD to check in and 30TD/person to check out. This is at Cap Monastir Marina I will assume that every harbour is the same as this is a government tax and has nothing to do with the marina. All taxes are paid to the customs officials and a receipt is issued every time.

Mario Borg
SY Maltese Falcon

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