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Road Conditions and Safety:

  • Driving in Tunisia can be dangerous. Visitors should avoid driving after dark outside Tunis or major resort areas or on country roads.
  • Drivers often fail to obey the rules of the road, even in the presence of police. Traffic signs and signals are often ignored, and drivers sometimes drive vehicles on the wrong side of the road or the wrong direction on a one-way street. Defensive driving is a must in Tunisia.
  • Faster drivers tend to drive on the left while slower drivers stay to the right. Traffic lane markings are widely ignored. Cars that wish to pass often signal with their headlights.
  • Drivers may be stopped for inspection by police officers within cities and on highways at any time, and drivers should comply.
  • Bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles are operated without sufficient lights or reflectors, making them difficult to see darting in and out of traffic. Motorists should also be aware of animals on the roads, particularly in rural areas.

Traffic Laws: Drivers should be aware that if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in death or serious injury of another person, the police may take them into protective custody until they are absolved of responsibility. This can mean spending up to several months in detention. As with any arrest or detention, U.S. citizens taken into custody should immediately request that the police inform the Embassy of their whereabouts.

Pedestrians and Cyclists: If you are a pedestrian or cyclist in Tunisia, you should be aware that drivers rarely yield and will not always stop at either crosswalks or stoplights.

Public Transportation: Exercise caution when using public transportation, due to safety and security concerns. Buses and trains can be crowded, and pickpocketing is not uncommon.

Desert Travel:

  • Travel in the desert areas of southern Tunisia presents additional challenges, as many roads are not paved and even well-traveled routes are subject to blowing sands that can create hazards for vehicles.
  • Persons driving off the major paved roads are encouraged to ensure that their vehicles are appropriate for off-road driving conditions and are equipped with appropriate spares and supplies, including water and food.
  • Groups should travel in multiple vehicles, so if a vehicle becomes disabled or immobilized, the group can return in the operable vehicle(s).
  • Desert regions are subject to extreme temperatures, from sub-freezing evenings in the winter to dangerously hot daytime temperatures in the summer.
  • There are many areas in the southern desert regions with little or no cellular telephone service.
  • The Tunisian National Guard encourages persons traveling into the desert to register their travel beforehand. For details on how and where to register, please visit the U.S. Embassy?s desert travel page.

Emergency services:

Police (Police Secours): dial 197
Fire Department: dial 198
Ambulance (SAMU): dial 190
Towing (SOS Remorquage 24/24): dial 71 801 211 or 71 840 840

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of Tunisia?s national tourist office.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Tunisia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed Tunisia?s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA?s safety assessment page.

Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis, Tunisia
Tunis, Tunisia
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