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Travel insurance: Tunisia

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Your next trip to Tunisia should be remembered for the right reasons, so it’s important you get travel insurance to protect you

By Lucy Hancock

Published: 30 June 2021

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Why do I need travel insurance for Tunisia?

Travel insurance for Tunisia should be a vital part of your holiday checklist, to protect you against the unexpected at a time you’re meant to be relaxing.

Travel insurance can protect you (and cover the costs) if the worst happens while you’re away and you need some support. From lost luggage or a stolen passport, to medical treatment and emergency repatriation, travel insurance serves as a safety net when you need it most.

What type of travel insurance do I need for Tunisia?

While Tunisia is an African country, some travel insurance providers class Tunisia under Europe for travel insurance, based on its level of risk. For this reason, you might only need to buy European travel insurance instead of worldwide cover – however you should check with your provider beforehand to ensure you have the right policy.

Just going to Tunisia? A single-trip travel insurance policy may be the right option for you. Single trip cover is designed for a one-off trip, to protect you from when you take out your cover, to when you return home.

If you’re going on multiple holidays throughout the year, including Tunisia, an annual multi-trip policy may suit you best. Annual travel insurance policies are designed for regular travellers, to cover you for multiple trips throughout the year.

If you’re backpacking across the globe and stopping off in Tunisia, backpacker travel insurance may be the right option for your needs. You can be covered for one trip to multiple destinations during an extended time period.

What should my travel insurance policy for include Tunisia?

Your travel insurance for Tunisia is designed to cover you against unexpected mishaps while you’re on your travels.

Your travel insurance policy for Tunisia should include:

  • Medical cover: Cover for medical treatment, usually up to a limit of £5m (but some travel insurers may raise this for an additional premium) which is even more important if you live with a pre-existing medical condition. It’s important that you let you travel insurance provider know if you live with a pre-existing medical condition, so you’re covered if you need medical assistance while you’re away
  • Repatriation: Covers you if you need to be brought home to the UK, usually by air ambulance as a medical emergency
  • Cancellation: Covers you if you need to cancel your trip unexpectedly, or cut your holiday short (known as ‘curtailment’) because of an emergency
  • Travel delays and missed departures: If you miss your flight due to an event beyond your control (like your car breaking down or a family emergency)
  • Baggage: If your belongings are lost or stolen during your trip. You may need to cover high value items you’re taking with you separately, like your camera or jewellery
  • Cash: If your money is lost or stolen while you’re away. Most insurers will only cover you up to a specific amount, usually £300 as standard
  • Gadgets: To cover you if things like your mobile phone or laptop is stolen or damaged while you’re on holiday
  • Travel abandonment: For unusual circumstances where the journey becomes unfeasible
  • Passport: Covers you if your passport is lost or stolen, as a replacement while you’re abroad can be expensive
  • Personal liability: Covers you in case you inflict injury to someone else by accident while you’re away, or the loss or damage of their possessions
  • Terrorism: In recent years, Tunisia has seen incidents of terrorism. Terrorism cover can give you peace of mind while you’re away – it isn’t covered as standard with travel insurance policies, and is offered as a bolt-on to your cover for an additional premium

Tunisia travel insurance: exclusions and what to watch out for

If you’re looking to personalise your travel insurance to suit what you’ll being doing on your trip, you’ll need to look out for extras you can add to your policy. This is because some cover options won’t usually be covered as standard. This means you may need to pay extra money to cover yourself and your trip, depending on your situation and holiday plans.

These extras that can be added to your travel insurance, and things to watch out for, include:

Pre-existing condition travel insurance: If you live with a pre-existing medical condition, or have had one in recent years (different insurers rules may vary) that you’ve received treatment for, it’s important you let your insurer know. This is because you may only be covered for medical treatment while you’re away for that condition if you’ve disclosed it to your insurer and it’s covered by your policy.

If you live with a medical condition, you may have to pay more for your travel insurance. This is because your policy will be tailored to you and your level of risk. It’s important to let your insurer know of any pre-existing medical conditions you have, or have had, so your policy can protect you should the unexpected happen.

FCDO advice: It’s important to always check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) travel advice before you go on holiday. Some insurers will make your policy invalid if you travel against government advice. Worried about COVID-19 affecting your travel plans? Take a look at our guide on coronavirus and travel insurance.

Sports and activities: If you’re planning on participating in higher-risk activities while you’re in Tunisia, you may choose to take out adventure cover. Activities such as scuba diving have limits on what exactly is covered, so make sure you check with your insurer that your holiday plans are covered before you go.

Is healthcare free in Tunisia?

Medical treatment isn’t free for foreign travellers in Tunisia. This means all doctors’ fees, medication and hospital treatment in private clinics must be paid for, which can be expensive. With this in mind, travel insurance is important to avoid large medical bills should you need medical treatment while you’re away.

While Tunisia is often listed under Europe for travel insurance, Tunisia isn’t covered by the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card.) So, travel insurance is even more important to protect you should the unexpected happen and you need medical assistance. Keep in mind that the EHIC is being phased out and replaced by the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

Tunisia fact file

Travelling to Tunisia: Key Information
Language(s) Arabic, French, English
Currency Tunisian dinar - compare travel money
Dialling code +216
Plug sockets C & E
Emergency contact number 197 (police), 190 (ambulance) or 198 (civil protection)
Embassy address 29 Princes Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1QG
FCDO travel advice FCDO advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia

Top tips for travelling to Tunisia

From historical sites to the Mediterranean coastline, Tunisia has something for everyone. Into your history? The first Roman colony outside of Italy was in Tunisia. Looking to unwind? Opt for a thalassotherapy treatment in a luxury spa.

Here are just a few of our things to note when travelling in Tunisia:

  • When to visit: It’s said that the best time to visit Tunisia is in the spring, from March to June, or the autumn between September and October. This is to avoid the heavy rainfall between October and March
  • Getting around: Taxis are very cheap in Tunisia compared to our usual standards, so take advantage of the inexpensive transport
  • Don’t walk, doolesha: You don’t walk in Tunisia, you ‘doolesha’ – a Tunisian word roughly translating as strolling at a slow pace for pleasure. This is considered the only way to explore the old ‘medina’ (city)
  • Two types of café: There are two types of café in Tunis (the capital city), those for men and those for women. For men, an all-male ‘maqhwa’ can be a great place to relax, but Tunisian women tend to avoid these places
  • France’s influence: France colonized Tunisia in 1881, so French influence still exists in the countrywhich means you’ll still be able to get by with French phrases
  • Shopping etiquette: Souks, sets of shops and boutiques in the city of Tunis, are very busy places. They can feel overwhelming if you’re not used to it! Looking to get a bargain? Haggling rules apply. A good approach is to divide the price you’re told in half (and maybe half again!) It’s recommended not to buy gold or silver that hasn’t been weighed

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