With close to 7 million visitors every year, Tunisia is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Citizens from 97 countries can currently travel to Tunisia visa-free for certain periods of time, including nationals of Canada.
Canadian nationals who intend to study or work in Tunisia, or to visit for more than 4 months at a time, need to apply for a Tunisia visa. The visa can be obtained from the Tunisian Embassy in Ottawa or consulates in Vancouver and Montreal.
Later this year, Tunisia’s online visa will become available, saving the hassle of having to visit the embassy or consulates.
Note that the finalized list of countries eligible for the online visa has not been released by the Tunisian Government. The same applies to other visa-related information, such as the length of validity. All information will be made available once the Tunisia eVisa is launched later this year.
Visa Requirements from Canada
The information about the Tunisia eVisa will be continually updated with the details regarding the Tunisia visa requirements for Canadian citizens. It is important that all Canadian passport holders planning a trip to Tunisia in the coming months check back frequently.
There are several visa requirements for Canadian citizens traveling to Tunisia. The application for a visa to Tunisia for Canadian citizens includes the following steps:
- Complete and submit the application form
- Pay the eVisa fee
- Receive the confirmation and the visa approval
It is estimated that most Tunisia visas will be approved quickly and the applicant will have their approved travel authorization within a few days.
Tunisia Visa Application for Canadians
Once the eVisa has been introduced, the Tunisia visa application can be completed entirely online. It will be an easy process that can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
In order to obtain an eVisa to travel to Tunisia, Canadian nationals will need to apply online by filling in the application form with the required information, such as their personal and passport details. They will also be asked to answer several security questions.
After having paid for the visa and submitted the form, the applicant will receive a confirmation by email. The eVisa approval will be sent to the same email address. It is therefore mandatory to have a working email address.
The applicant’s passport must be valid at least until the end of the stay in Tunisia. If this is not the case, the passport needs to be renewed before starting the visa application process.
What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Tunisia Visa?
Travelers who wish to apply for an online visa for Tunisia from Canada will need to make sure that they have the following:
- A valid passport
- A valid payment card (either credit or debit) for paying the visa fee. The latest secure online payment measures are in place to ensure that the credit or debit card payment is processed safely
- An active email address
Further requirements may be added to the list, for example, it may be necessary to upload a copy of the main page of the applicant’s passport and a photo.
Travelers will be required to present the approved Tunisia tourist visa, along with their passport, to the border authorities to gain entry. It is advised to take a printout copy of the visa. Queues at border control should be significantly reduced as a result of introducing the new visa.