The Tunisian electronic visa is expected to be made available to travelers from eligible countries over the coming months. In July 2017, Salma Elloumi Rekik, Minister of Tourism, said she expected them to be launched in 2018 to develop tourism flows and to further facilitate the process of obtaining visas.
She said that the Tunisia eVisa project was initiated in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and its purpose was to promote entry into Tunisia, especially that of African medical patients who are among the main applicants for medical care in Tunisia.
In a debate entitled ‘Health Tourism in Tunisia: Opportunities and Challenges’, she said that Tunisia had several assets which ensured the success of this sector including thalassotherapy centers, thermal springs, and cosmetic, ophthalmic, and cardiovascular surgery.
The finalized list of countries is yet to be released by the Tunisian Government. The list of eligible nationalities, and other information such as the length of validity of the visas, will be made available when the eVisa is launched.
At the moment, citizens from 97 countries can travel to Tunisia visa-free for periods of up to 90 days. The list of visa-free eligible countries includes the US, Canada, all EU countries (except Cyprus), Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, and China.
Currently, citizens who are not eligible to enter Tunisia without a visa need to physically go to an embassy or consulate to obtain a Tunisian visa. The electronic visa will simplify the process for eligible citizens.
The online application: no need to visit a Tunisian embassy
The application form the electronic visa will be completed online. The online form will take a matter of minutes and will involve entering a range of information such as contact information, passport details, and travel plans.
If the eVisa application is approved by the Tunisian authorities, the electronic visa will be sent to the applicant by email. The traveler will then be able to enter Tunisia by showing their eVisa and their passport to the Tunisian border control.
Tunisia is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. The number of arrivals has been steadily growing since the 1960s and now stands at around 7 million per year. The country is known for its golden beaches, sunny weather, and points of cultural interest.
The cosmopolitan capital city, Tunis, is an attractive destination for tourists. It has various points of interest including the ancient ruins of Carthage and the Bardo Museum where you can see a 15th-century palace and Roman mosaics.
Tunisia is also renowned for its various high-profile festivals. Over the summer months, events such as the International Festival of Carthage, and the Tabarka Jazz Festival draw visitors from around the world.
The tourism sector represents 6.5% of Tunisia’s GDP and the UK, France, Germany, and Italy are traditionally the four biggest tourist markets. In recent years, Tunisia has opened up to new markets including Russia and China. The introduction of the eVisa will be the next step.