Tunisia is a mere squiggle of a country in northernmost Africa bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and Libya to the east and southeast. The country has become a popular destination for expats of every country despite recent political protests for democracy throughout Arab countries known as the Arab Spring. The smallest of North African countries, the Republic of Tunisia is home to almost 11 million citizens, most of whom reside in the capital city of Tunis on the northern coast.
U.S. Embassy Recommendations
The U.S. Embassy has a number of recommendations for American citizens residing in Tunisia on both a temporary and a permanent basis. The first is a strongly worded encouragement for all Americans to register their planned travel with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. This registration can be conducted prior to entry into the country via the online Travel Registration Form or in person at the Embassy after arrival. However, it’s worth pointing out that seasoned travelers throughout Africa and Middle Eastern countries often insist that Tunisia is a safer, more tolerant country than other Arab nations more politically associated with the U.S,
In addition to this safety precaution in the event of civil unrest or an international incident, the Embassy also advises all tourists, long-term travelers and expat residents to have a valid expat health insurance policy in the event of illness or injury. This recommendation remains even if an individual reports medical and health insurance coverage in the U.S. via their work or as a dependent remaining upon their parents’ insurance policy.
Reasons for an Expat Residence in Tunisia: Getting In
An increased number of American citizens are now living in Tunisia, prompting the country’s U.S. Embassy to publish an informative guide for American citizens residing in the country and those considering a residence there. According to a booklet published by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and available online, Americans with U.S. passports are not required to obtain a visa if their planned stay is four months or less. If they plan to stay longer, Tunisian residency visas are issued by the central police station in the district in which the U.S. citizen resides.
Thus, in comparison with other countries, the ability to reside at will in Tunisia is superior to that of most Asian countries that require employment and a specific employer-based visa issued prior to entrance into the country for anything beyond a specified period of time considered as tourist-related.
Reasons for an Expat Residence in Tunisia: Staying There
In addition to the relative ease with which a U.S. citizen can reside in Tunisia, the cost of living in the country is considered markedly lower than within the United States. English lessons, a regular cornerstone occupation for Americans, remain an option in urban areas.
Know and follow not only the local law, but also the expected custom of Tunisia and specifically of the district where you live and work. And enjoy a little-known and scenic country.