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Travel Notice for Tunisia

30 May 2024

Following a series of fatal attacks on locals and foreigners in Tunisia, the Tunisian government had declared a state of emergency on 25 November 2015. The state of emergency has been repeatedly extended and remains in force (until December 2024). The decree empowers the authorities to prohibit strikes and gatherings that might provoke disorder, and to temporarily close theatres and bars. Singaporeans travelling to Tunisia are strongly advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and heeding the instructions of the local authorities. They should remain vigilant and where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and places known for demonstrations. They should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

Singapore has no diplomatic representation in Tunisia, which constrains our ability to extend consular assistance in an emergency.  Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to e-Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that we can contact you should the need arise.  Singaporeans are also advised to stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe.  Those in need of urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Cairo or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Cairo
40 Adnan Omar Sedky Street
(Former Babel Street)
Dokki 11511, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: +202 37490468
Duty Officer Telephone: +20 19 8064130 (24-hours)
Email: singemb_cai@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65 6379 8800 / 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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Singaporeans can enter Tunisia visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.

Please refer to the Tunisia National Tourist Office website for more information on the entry requirements:

The information here only serves as a guide. Entry requirements and COVID-19 restrictions may change at short notice. Hence, you are advised to contact your travel agency or the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in Jakarta (email: tunjakarta@gmail.com), to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

Travellers should exercise caution against petty crime, particularly in tourist areas. Keep valuables in a safe place out of public view. Avoid travelling alone, especially in quiet areas and after dark.

Keep your credit card in sight when performing transactions and beware of card skimming devices on ATMs. When making purchases, especially for high-value items, check to ensure that products are genuine.

Drive cautiously, especially on secondary routes and mountain roads. Local road conditions, driving practices and animals on roadways increase driving risks. Drivers are strongly encouraged to purchase a comprehensive insurance plan that covers vehicle incidents.

Protests and demonstrations may occur without warning. While most are peaceful, travellers should monitor the news for reports of possible protest activity and avoid political gatherings wherever possible. Follow the advice of the local authorities.

Tunisia is a Muslim country. Tourists should respect local sensitivities, and dress and behave accordingly especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if intending to visit religious areas. It is illegal to consume alcohol outside of licensed bars and restaurants. It is also illegal to proselytise in Tunisia. Drug offences carry heavy penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and large fines.

Travellers are strongly advised against bringing drones to Tunisia. Ownership of drones is licensed and license application is a lengthy process. Any drones brought to Tunisia without prior permission will be confiscated by the Tunisian authorities on arrival in the country and stored until the owner’s departure.

Travellers are advised to carry a form of photo ID at all times (e.g. a copy of your passport) and be prepared to show this to uniformed security officials if asked to do so.

Sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law. Travellers are advised to avoid taking any photographs near sensitive political or military sites.

There are occasional earthquakes in Tunisia. Flash floods may also occur, especially during the rainy season from November to March. Travellers are advised to monitor local news and regional weather forecasts. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.


For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrest or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport numbers, address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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