What can and can not be imported into Tunisia
The rules for the importation of tourists to tangibles in Tunisia are defined by the Customs Code of the country ("Code des Douanes"), the latest edition of 2008, as well as the annexes to it, about 20 acts adopted in 2009. All these documents are freely available on the website of the Customs of Tunisia, the language of the documents is French. If there is a desire, you can study these documents, but it is better to read this article to the end. So, what we take with us on the flight to Tunisia , and what we put out of the suitcase:
What to import categorically it is forbidden
- Drugs other than medicines for personal use. If a tourist has prescribed a drug with a narcotic effect, then a corresponding certificate must be presented, translated into French and certified. It is better not to risk and consult on this topic in the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia.
- Weapons, other than hunting and sports, for the import of which you need to receive a special permit in the Ministry of the Interior of Tunisia. Perovochnye and kitchen knives can be imported.
- Animals and plants listed in the Red Book. On the rules of import of pets we will talk in detail below.
- Henna and products from it. This rule seems anecdotal, but only at first glance. Henna is forbidden to be imported into many countries, because under her kind or in a mixture with her try to import drugs.
- Palm trees and products from them. Let us explain that it is possible to import and export fruits, for example, dates or coconuts.
- Pornographic products. It is important to note here that Tunisians have a much broader concept than ours. Here, the word "pornography" is understood even as a photo of topless. Be careful.
- Any counterfeit.
- Any objects of historical or cultural value. It is worth to be attentive with antique things, leave any objects of antiquity at home - watches, ornaments, cigarette cases and the like.
Tobacco and cigarettes
The Tunisian customs regulations have one nuance. Usually, the rules specify that only persons of 18 years of age can import cigarettes. In the Tunisian laws, nothing is said about this. Theoretically, even a breastfed child can bring a duty-free tobacco rate to Tunisia.
This rate: up to 200 cigarettes, up to 100 cigarillos, up to 50 cigars or up to 400 grams of tobacco weight (pipe, chewing or snuff).
On some sites, you can find a figure of 400 cigarettes. The official norm is 200, although the Tunisian customs officers usually look "over their fingers" to overstate it. We emphasize the word "usually". Do not risk in vain, especially since cigarettes in Tunisia are cheap , and the assortment in stores is wide (pictured left).
Similarly, the age limit in the Tunis customs regulations is not spelled out.
You can import: 1 bottle to 1 liter of strong alcohol (strength from 25%) or 2 bottles to 1 liter each of weak alcohol (strength up to 25%).
The customs officers are already following this rule closely. On foreign tourist sites a lot of complaints about this content: "Found 2 bottles of whiskey, one unceremoniously confiscated." From our tourists, similar complaints are also periodically received. Probably, customs officers buy up confiscated alcohol.
What else can you import freely
- Up to 1 liter of toilet water or up to 250 milliliters of perfume.
- We quote: "Gifts for non-commercial use". The concrete figure of this restriction is not given, the tourist himself should guess. IATA (International Air and Transport Association) recommends the import of gifts and souvenirs worth up to 10 Tunisian dinars . In any case, customs officers will assess the cost of these items "by eye", try not to transport items that look expensive.
- Items for personal use - 1 laptop, or netbook, or tablet computer, 1 photo or video camera, small iron, hairdryer, electric shaver.
- You can carry a mobile phone or a smartphone alone, but two tourists carry through customs without any problems. Given the predatory prices of Russian telecom operators for roaming in Tunisia, taking a spare phone to use the local SIM is a very sensible idea. Read about our overview of " How to make cheap calls from Tunisia ".
Import of currency
Import Tunisian dinars (pictured right) is strictly prohibited. This currency is not even exchanged outside of Tunisia. If you decided to try to exchange rubles for dinars in Russia, our advice is to forget this idea, only time will be lost.
To the currency control at the border, the authorities of Tunisia are taken very seriously, as is the strict control of currency control within the country. Norms are regulated by Decree 2007-394 of February 26, 2007.
If you import more than the equivalent of 5,000 dinars, then the declaration is mandatory. Without declaration, this money can not be taken back. This money can not even be transferred to a non-cash form (put in a bank account), since a bank employee will require a passport with a stamp on the declaration of currency.
Theoretically, a passport with a stamp is required to require even traders for large purchases, but they do not. Even having a currency worth more than 25,000 dinars without a stamp about declaring is already a crime!
The authorities are struggling with the proceeds received illegally - corruption, drug trafficking. If customs officers find a valuable item from a tourist when leaving the country (expensive carpet, jewelry made of gold or something like that), they may well demand to present documents - a stamp on declaring a currency or an extract from the bank about withdrawing money from an account. I'll have to prove that I bought this item for legitimate money.
The stamp on the currency declaration is valid for 3 months, after which it is no longer possible to withdraw the currency from the country!
Any pet should have a Health Certificate, received a maximum of 6 weeks before arriving in Tunisia.
Cats and dogs should have a certificate of vaccination against rabies, done from 1 to 6 months ago. For details, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia.
It is forbidden to import:
- Dogs breeds: Boerboel, American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler and Tosa-inu (Japanese Mastiff). These are dogs of fighting breeds, except Rottweilers, which are service dogs. What the Rottweilers did not please the Tunisians is unknown.
- Falcons of all kinds.
The Tunisian rules are written in such a way that, theoretically, you can bring a crocodile to Tunisia, but you can not Rottweiler. There are no ideal laws, in Russia laws are worse.
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