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All About the Tunisia Visa

Travelling to Tunisia soon? If you love ancient history, this North African country is a must-visit!

From the ancient ruins of Carthage, the former seat of the Carthaginian Empire, to the capital and largest city, Tunis. Prepare to be wow-ed!

And there’s some excellent news for those planning a visit in the near future as getting a visa for Tunisia is expected to become a whole lot easier for travellers! The government of Tunisia has announced a forthcoming electronic visa system. And once this goes live, you’ll be able to apply for it right here with Byevisa!

We make the application process really simple so you can have all your paperwork sorted before you travel. This saves you a long wait in an embassy queue and gives you more time to plan which historic sites you want to visit.

Read on for everything you need to know about obtaining your Tunisian travel authorisation. Discover the different types of pass available, what documents you need to apply and much more.

We explain everything you need to know in as much detail as possible so you can plan your journey with ease. Medieval medina, here you come!

What Is the Difference Between a Tunisia Embassy Visa, the VoA and a Tunisia Electronic Visa?

An embassy visa is the standard paperwork that traditionally travellers had to obtain in order to visit a country that they required visa access to.

This often involves standing in a long queue to fill in a lot of paperwork. It can also take a long time to get an appointment and then to process your documents.

However, things are shifting. Technology has paved the way for faster, contactless travel authorisation processing. The soon to be launched Tunisia eVisa will simplify the visa application process for travellers.

You will be able to apply for it from any internet-connected device right here with Byevisa. Making appointments and standing in line at the consulate will soon be a thing of the past for eligible citizens.

With the electronic visa, you apply online prior to your departure and then receive the approved documentation in your email inbox during the specified time frame.

By comparison, as the name suggests, a Visa on Arrival (VoA) is issued to you when you get to Tunisia. Only citizens of certain countries are eligible for this. In the case of the Tunisia Visa on Arrival, this is only available to travellers who hold a valid residence permit issued by a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state.

Aside from the strict eligibility criteria, another disadvantage of the VoA is that you have to wait and stand in line to fill out paperwork and pay the fee on arrival. Save yourself the hassle and organise your electronic pass in advance so you can speed through Immigration!

Tunisia Visa Application Process

How to Apply for a Tunisia eVisa

Eligible citizens will be able to make a quick and easy online visa application. This can be done in the time it takes to make a cup of tea or coffee!

To do this, just fill in the Tunisia eVisa application form, entering your personal and passport details and information about your travel itinerary. You will also need to answer a few standard security questions.

To apply online, you will need to have these documents and information to hand:

  • Some personal details like your current address to fill in the Byevisa application form.
  • Your passport (this should be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to on arriving).
  • A scan of the bio page of your passport and a separate scanned passport photo.
  • Your credit or debit card (or PayPal details) to pay for your application.
  • A valid email address (to send your approved authorisation to).

Once you’ve received your approved travel pass via mail, print this document out ready to present for inspection when you touch down in Tunis–Carthage Airport!

How to Apply for an Embassy Visa

Until the electronic pass is launched, or for those who aren’t eligible for this pass, you will need to apply via the consulate.

These are the documents typically requested by the embassy:

  • A completed visa application form that is signed and dated (we go into more detail about this form below).
  • A passport that is valid for at least 6 months.
  • A copy of the first page of your passport.
  • 1 recent passport photo.
  • A hotel reservation or a notarised Letter of Invitation from your host in Tunisia.

You will also have to pay a fee to process your paperwork.

If you’re planning to stay in this North African country for a longer period, you will have to request a long-stay visa and acquire a temporary residence permit. This applies to you if you’re looking to work here.

Tunisia Visa Requirements and Eligibility

Citizens of the following countries listed below do not require a visa to enter Tunisia for stays of up to 90 days.

Please note, if you want to extend your stay beyond this time period, you should request permission to extend the duration of your stay at the police station closest to where you’re staying in Tunisia.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Commonwealth of Dominica

Hong Kong
Ivory Coast
The Republic of Kiribati
The Maldives

The Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucie
Salmon Island
The Republic of Seychelles
The Sultanate of Oman
South Korea
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
United Kingdom

Tunisia Visa Application Form and Documents

Applying for your Tunisia electronic traveller pass with us is super simple. You will just need to do the following:

First, confirm that you meet the passport and eligibility conditions for this travel pass.

Once you’ve done this, click ‘Apply Now’, to go to the application page where you enter personal and passport information into our form such as your:

  • Family name
  • Given name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Marital status
  • Present nationality
  • Nationality at birth
  • Profession
  • Place of residence
  • Passport number
  • Date and place of issue
  • Date of entry to Tunisia
  • Duration of stay
  • Reason for travel
  • Anticipated mode of transportation and point of entry
  • Address in Tunisia
  • Person/s known in Tunisia (and their address)
  • Details of any travel companions accompanying you

As well as submitting a completed application form, you will also have to upload a couple of supporting documents, typically the following:

  • A scanned copy of the first page of your passport
  • A recent photo
  • A hotel reservation or letter from your host in the country

Applying via the embassy?

If you are applying at the consulate because you’re not eligible for the electronic pass, you may require some additional documents.

Additional documentation may also be required if you are not a citizen of the country you’re applying from. For example, if you’re applying from the United States but you’re not a citizen, you’ll need to present a copy of your Permanent Resident Card or proof of your legal status in the US.

Those applying for travel authorisation for purposes other than tourism will need to provide additional details on who they’ll be meeting or collaborating with in Tunisia.

For business trips, you’ll need to give the names and addresses of business contacts there. Those applying for a business visa will also need to show an official invite from the Tunisian host.

If you’re travelling to attend a meeting, you’ll need to provide the name of the organisation hosting it and the time and date it will take place.

If you are coming to the country to study or for training purposes, you’ll need to provide details of the institution you will attend and the course length. You must also specify if someone based in Tunisia or a local institution will be funding your studies.

Tunisia Visa Status Check

Once the eVisa is available, you will be able to apply for it right here and then check the status of your application at any time.

To do this simply select the relevant section at the top of this page. You can then see the following information at a glance:

  • Whether your application has been approved.
  • Whether it is still being processed (marked as pending).
  • The start date and expiry date of your pass and how many days of validity are remaining.
  • Whether your application has been rejected and the reason why if we know

Remember, the time takes to process will depend on the Byevisa service you’ve selected. The processing time ranges from x hours to x days.

How Much Is a Tunisia Visa?

This depends on whether you’re looking to get your hands on an electronic visa or an embassy one. The price for the eVisa is yet to be determined, however, we will publish this information as soon as it is available.

The price for a Tunisia embassy visa is:

  • 90 USD for a Single Entry Pass
  • 180 USD for a Multiple Entry pass

More Tunisia Visa Questions and Information

Below you can find more information about applying for your travel pass to the home of El Djem Amphitheatre, the Old Medina of Tunis, and other historical gems. We’ve aimed to cover all the potential questions you might have on your mind.

At present, it has not yet been announced how long the electronic travel pass with be valid for. However, it is expected that the Tunisia tourist eVisa will allow visitors to spend between 2 and 4 weeks in the country.
It can take up to 2 weeks or more to process the embassy visa. The timeline for the electronic pass is yet to be announced but it will undoubtedly be much faster.
It is also best to print out your electronic visa to show to immigration officials when you land.
For the electronic pass, this depends on the processing speed you select when you apply with us. Receive your travel authorisation in as little as x for just x USD.
Then your travel authorisation will be invalid. In order to apply for a visa for Tunisia, you must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date you will arrive in the country.
US citizens of Tunisian origin and dual American-Tunisian citizens must enter and exit the country on their Tunisian passports.
Should you require assistance while you are away, the US Embassy in this country is located at the following address:
  • Les Berges du Lac 1053 TUNIS Phone: +216 71 107 000 Fax: +216 71 107 090
Yes, however, if you’re visiting short term as a tourist this is not required. US citizens do not require travel authorisation for stays up to 90 days. A residence permit is required for stays longer than 90 days. Applications for this are made at a local central police station.
A visa is required to work in this country. You should apply for this via the embassy or consulate where you live.
To be eligible for residency here, you must have resided in the country for a minimum of 5 years. There are also other requirements you must meet such as being of good character and health and having knowledge of Arabic.

If you have a parent who is from here or a spouse, acquiring citizenship is usually much easier and faster.

Your approved travel pass should look similar to this:
Please find here a list of pages that you might find helpful if you’re holidaying in this North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
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