Travel to Tunisia

14/06/2013 -- Admin
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Medical and Health

"There’s no provision for free medical attention for foreign nationals. All doctors’ fees, medication and hospitalisation in private clinics have to be paid for on the spot. These costs can be quite high. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation." (Official statement, 2013)

Always check the Foreign Office website for travel advice before booking a holiday to Tunisia. Your travel insurance won’t cover medical emergencies or cancellation if the Government advises against travel.

Documents needed:  UK passport. No reciprocal health care arrangements exist between the UK and Tunisia, but take your EHIC card with you.  Most travel insurers will waive the excess if they need to transfer you to mainland Europe for hospital treatment.

Hospitals and Doctors

State run hospitals tend to be overcrowded and poorly equipped, and few clinics outside the big cities offer specialist care for serious accidents or complications with pre-existing medical conditions.

Most private clinics in Tunisia have some doctors who speak some English, but most staff don't. In public hospitals relatives are expected to carry out nursing tasks – not ideal if you’re travelling solo.

With comprehensive travel insurance, your insurer can organise transport to a private hospital with modern facilities in one of the larger cities (e.g., Tunis, Sousse, Sfax), or arrange repatriation to a hospital back home.

Doctors' fees, treatment costs and overnight stays in private clinics have to be paid by cash deposit or credit card at the time of treatment, so make sure you have access to funds.

Wherever possible always let your insurer know before agreeing to treatment, especially if over £500.  Remember to get copies of paperwork for whatever treatment you receive (blood tests, x-rays, medication, etc.).

Ambulance services may not exist outside large urban area, or be relied on to respond quickly.

Medical facilities are almost non-existent in desert areas and if you fall seriously ill here or have an accident here, you'll need transfer to a major city.


You can get most common prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in the larger cities and towns.

More specialist prescriptions may be difficult to find, although some medicines requiring prescriptions abroad are sold over the counter in Tunisia.

Check date stamps on medicines and only buy from reputable pharmacists.

If you are taking prescription drugs/medication abroad ensure you have an adequate supply plus extra for delays.

If they contain "controlled" substances then you need to follow Home Office advice on volumes allowed.

  • National Travel Heath Network and Centre for information on vaccination requirements and health advice on Tunisia.
  • Foreign Office Travel Advice:  Tunisia.