Country Guide: Tunisia

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Updated: November 20, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Express Release / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory of all appliances (not valued)
  • Original Residence Permit (duly approved by the Ministry of Interior)
  • Original Work Permit (duly approved by the Ministry of Employment)
  • Original ID Card, if applicable (for returning citizens, both spouses for married status)
  • Letter of Accreditation (Diplomats)
  • Packing list in French (Diplomats)
  • Diplomatic Franchise / Exemption (Diplomats)
  • Authorizations issued by the Ministry of Tourism, allowing the customer to have a secondary residence (secondary residences)
  • Proof of purchase by the appropriate government office (secondary residences)
  • Sales Contract of secondary residence (second residences)


Specific Information

  • An advance copy of the OBL must be sent to the destination agent with name matching the Passport exactly.
  • For foreigners employed in Tunisia, all items previously imported must be exported upon departure.
  • All shipments are subject to an inspection at the point of entry (POE), except diplomatic shipments.
  • The shipper must be present for Customs clearance, except Diplomats.
  • For foreigners entering Tunisia via employment contract, the original Work Permit is required for Customs clearance; if not available, additional port storage and container demurrage charges will be charged.
  • If the property owner is unable to provide a Residence Permit at clearance, a temporary importation of his personal effects may be applied for 1 year by means of establishing a Bank Deposit. The deposit will be cancelled within the allowed period of time upon presentation of required Residence Permit / Work Permit (foreigners on employment contracts with duty-free entry).
  • The shipper should be present in Tunisia at least 2–3 weeks prior to the shipment’s arrival to be accredited by the Tunisian Government and present the Diplomatic Franchise / Exemption, which must be approved by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Customs Administration.  It takes approximately 1 month to be duly approved by both agencies (Diplomats).
  • The Packing List should be faxed to the destination agent in advance of importation with a copy of the OBL in order to avoid delays (Diplomats).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Owner’s Passport
  • OBL
  • Original Registration / Insurance certificates (in shipper’s name)


Specific Information

  • The shipper must be present for Customs clearance.
  • Vehicles are subject to inspection; report must show the engine number and type of vehicle.
  • The vehicle details must be stamped on the importer’s Passport.
  • Customer may temporarily drive the vehicle for a period of 3 months during clearance.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate


Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and state that the animal has been free from disease for at least 6 weeks prior to import.
  • The Vaccination Record must be dated 30 days to 6 months prior to arrival and include inoculation against rabies.
  • Quarantine is not required for healthy animals.
  • Animals subject to examination upon arrival.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Plants (a Phytosanitary Certificate is required)
  • Appliances, electronics and computers with (1 of each item is allowed; make, model and serial number must be included on the detailed inventory)
  • New items (dutiable)
  • Books, phones and fax machines (a permit is required)
  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), tobacco (400 g)
    • Alcohol (1 bottle – reasonable quantity)
  • Perfume (reasonable quantity)
  • Films, videotapes, publications, books, satellite receivers, faxes, walkie-talkies and telephones (subject to automatic confiscation for returning citizens and temporary hold by Customs for foreigners with employment contracts with duty-free entry; these items are allowed entry only with authorization from the appropriate authorities.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic, obscene and subversive materials
  • Weapons, ammunition and explosives

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.