Customs regulations of Tunisia are described in the Customs Code - "Code des Douanes de la Tunisie" in the latest version of 2008 and its annexes - about 20 explanatory documents that came into force in 2009. These laws can be downloaded from the official website of Portail de la Douane Tunisienne ("Tunisia Customs Portal") and read in French, but it is quicker and easier to read our article.
The list is very similar to the list of things that can not be imported into Tunisia . It:
- Drugs other than medicines for personal use. In such a case, a certificate from the medical institution should be on hand. Help better cook at home. The details of the design should be known in advance at the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia. If the need for a medicine appeared during your stay in Tunisia, then please contact the Russian Embassy.
- Pornography in any form. We pay attention, that under this concept Tunisians understand even a photo topless. Of course, customs officials will not be able to climb into the contents of a personal phone or laptop, but with calendars, postcards and the like, one should be cautious.
- Any items of historical or cultural value. Theoretically, any pebble can fall under suspicion, because you could have seized it from the excavations of Duggie , Udna or Carthage , or maybe repulsed a piece of the amphitheater in El Jem . Unpleasant situations, when Tunisian customs officers found fault with pebbles that looked harmless, tourists had a place, it's better not to take chances.
- Henna in any form. It is prohibited both for exportation and for importation into the country. This prohibition arose long ago, when under the guise of henna they tried to transport narcotic substances. Now the new chemical detectors exclude this possibility, but the ban has remained.
- Palm tree and products from it. Attention! Dates and coconuts can be exported, but a spoon from the date palm tree can no longer be. Our advice, if you decide to buy something wooden in Tunisia , then buy products from an olive tree, the texture of wood which is very colorful, with nothing you do not confuse.
- Any counterfeit.
- Plants and animals listed in the Red Book.
Alcohol, cigarettes and perfumes
Regarding the quantities allowed for export, the Tunisian customs code speaks evasively with phrases: "reasonable amount" or "for non-commercial use." There is no translation of these phrases into the language of figures, guess yourself.
As for cigarettes and tobacco, IATA recommendations can be used, they recommend trying to take no more than 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or up to 400 grams of loose tobacco (snuff, chewing or pipe).
It's hard to say what is the point in exporting tobacco from Tunisia. Qualitative pipe or hookah tobacco the country is not famous for, Tunisian cigarettes MARS (pictured left) and CRISTAL quality and taste do not shine. In addition, Tunisia's airports have relatively low prices in DutyFree.
For example, in 2016 in the airport store on the island of Djerba , a block of 20 packs of Marlboro (made in USA) cost $ 30, and a block of 60 packs cost $ 75. It's hard to remember where there are such low prices in DutyFree. Recall that in Russia, every adult passenger can bring up to 200 cigarettes, and this limit is more advantageous for high-quality tobacco from DutyFree.
For export of alcohol, there is no recommendation even for IATA. Recall that in Russia duty-free you can import up to 3 liters of alcoholic beverages. Tunisian customs officers with 3 liters issue without problems, we have not yet seen any claims. Our advice: take out up to 3 liters of Tunisian alcohol .
In occasion of perfum, we recommend to take out up to 250 milliliters.
Removal of money
Export from the country of Tunisian dinars is strictly prohibited, this applies to coins, and banknotes of dinars, and even coins of millim (local kopecks).
There is no limit, it's forbidden! Some guides distribute information about some allowed lows - 10 or 14 dinars, but this is fiction. Any coins and banknotes (pictured right) customs officers are happy to confiscate and put into their pockets.
The remaining Tunisian dinars can be exchanged at the airport, but there are nuances about which you can read in our review " Currency exchange in Tunisia ".
In foreign currency it is allowed to take out an amount equivalent to 5,000 dinars or less. If you export more, the currency should have been declared at the entrance to the country, and the passport must have a corresponding stamp. No cliches? Means export is forbidden.
Olive oil and other gifts
The situation is similar, there are no precise recommendations. Here you can only follow the experience of tourists and your own logic. Our recommendations are as follows:
- Olive oil - up to 2 liters per person.
- Dates - up to 2 kilograms per person.
- Halva and other sweets - up to 1 kilogram per person.
- Fruits - up to 3 kilograms per person.
- Spices - up to 1 kilogram per person.
If you bought something valuable in Tunisia - carpets, gold products and the like, then stock up with a check as proof of the lawfulness of the purchase.
Also, it is strongly recommended to stock up a check on any item that can be suspected of cultural value - any items with chasing, Tunisian ceramics and similar souvenirs. Remember that it is better to be reinsured once again than to talk to the Tunisian customs and let your flight home.
Successful communication with customs in Tunisia, and read other useful articles about this country ( links below ).