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.

Pets

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. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.tunconsusa.org

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1045.html

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.