Last update 28 September 2019Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
Select passport type
Regular passport: visa not required
Diplomatic passport: visa not required
Official passport: visa not required
Republic of Tunisia
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Tunisia
Address: 5 Rue Ryhane, Cité Mahrajène, 1082 Tunis
Telephone: +216 71 800 980; +216 71 798 962
Out-of-hours hotline: +216 22 835 427
Office hours: 8.00 - 16.30h
Е mail: Embassy.Tunis@mfa.bg
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/tunisia
The Embassy of Tunisia in Belgrade is accredited to Bulgaria.
Embassy of Tunisia in Belgrade
Telephone: +381 11 3690 194; +381 11 3691 961
Fax: +381 11 2651848
Due to technical issues the Consular Services won't provide services until 15th of January 2016.
Tunisian dinar (TND)
The Tunisian dinar can be purchased at any local bank and at currency exchange offices. Travellers wishing to reconvert their original exchange into a different currency have to bear in mind that receipts of all financial transactions on arrival to the Republic of Tunisia must be kept, as authorities will want to examine them.
Crime and security
Criminal activity reports a rise since the events of January 14, 2011, and in particular there has been an increase in the incidents of mugging, pick-pocketing and petty theft.
- When travelling to Tunisia make sure you have made an adequate travel health insurance prior to departure.
- In general, medical care in Tunisia is satisfactory, but there is no provision for free medical services for non-Tunisians and all costs of medical treatment have to be paid on the spot.
- Travellers do not need to have any special immunisation or to present `immunisation certificates.
- Yellow fever certificate is required only for travellers arriving from infected regions.
- Typhoid vaccine is recommended, but it is not mandatory.
- It has to be noted that sanitary control of food products has been lessened since the events that brought the political and social change in the country, so it is recommended to get food products (meat, fish, eggs) at well-established stores and avoid eating food from street vendors.
- Travellers are advised to drink bottled water.
Travel papers and visas
To enter Tunisia, Bulgarian nationals require a passport valid for at least six months after the date of arrival. Other special documents are not needed.
Bulgarian nationals holding a valid passport for at least six months after the date of arrival do not need visas to visit the Republic of Tunisia for a period up to 90 days or if transit passengers. People who wish to stay for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit, called a Carte de Sejour at the police station of the sector in which they will reside. For that purpose they have to submit the documentation required under Tunisian legislation, including documentary evidence of accommodation and papers supporting the purpose and intention of an extended period stay in Tunisia.
On January 14, 2011 a state of emergency was declared in Tunisia and since then there has been an increased presence of police and military forces in public places. Security measures are adequate in tourist and seaside areas. For trips to the interior of the country travellers are advised to carry their identity documents if stopped for inspection.
With a view to the complicated criminal situation, travellers should carefully plan any travel in the desert areas of southern and central Tunisia, especially along the Libyan and Algerian borders, and avoid self-guided tours in the interior of the country.
Travellers are advised to avoid non-urgent travel to all areas inside the country with the exception of the northern coast - Cap Bon, Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir.
Travelling with children
When travelling with children under age not accompanied by their father, Tunisian authorities may require written evidence of his consent. Written consent of the mother is not required.
Certification and Legalisation
Any documents issued by Tunisian authorities to Bulgarian nationals that need to be used in Bulgaria, and vice versa, must be translated and legalised. The translation must be done by a licensed translator who has signed a contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for providing official translations.
In Bulgaria the legalisation of documents is done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice legalise the Bulgarian public acts (documents) by a special certificate called Apostille. In Tunisia documents to be used in the Republic of Bulgaria are legalised by the Bulgarian embassy in the country after they have been authenticated by the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Tunisia supports the following civic status services: registration of births and deaths of Bulgarian nationals occurring in the Republic of Tunisia in the Bulgarian civil registry.
- Local civil registries have to provide a birth certificate for the child or a death certificate, respectively.
- The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Tunisia does not perform marriages as local legislation does not recognise marriages performed on the territory of diplomatic missions.
- Bulgarian nationals residing abroad are under the obligation to bring or send to the Bulgarian diplomatic or consular mission in the relevant country, within six months after a local civil registry authority draws up a civil marriage certificate, a certified copy or excerpt of the document, together with an application indicating their permanent address in Bulgaria.
- Alternatively, citizens may bring the legalised civil marriage certificate directly to the relevant Bulgarian municipality accompanied by a certified translation into Bulgarian made by a translation agency wherewith the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria has concluded a contract.