What can and can not be taken out of Tunisia
Customs norms of Tunisia are described in the Customs Code – "Code des Douanes de La Tunisie" in the last year of 2008 and applications to it – about 20 explanatory documents that have entered into force in 2009. These legislation can be downloaded on the official website of Portail De La Douane Tunisienne ("Portal of Customs Tunisia") and read in French, but faster and easier to read our article.
Prohibited to export subjects
The list is very similar to the list of what you can not be imported into Tunisia. It:
– Narcotic substances other than drugs for personal use. In this case, the hands should be a certificate from a medical institution. Help is better to cook in the homeland. About the details of the design should be recognized in advance at the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia. If the need for medicine appeared during his stay in Tunisia, please contact the our Embassy.
– Pornography in any form. Please note that under this concept, Tunisians understand even the photo topless. Of course, in the contents of a personal phone or laptop climb customs officers will not, but with calendars, postcards and the like should be careful.
– Any items representing historical or cultural value. Theoretically, any pebbles can be hit under the suspicion, because you could capture it from the excavation of the Douggi, Freaky or Carthage, and maybe killed a piece of amphitheater in El Jam. Unpleasant situations when Tunisian customs officers came up to harmless to pebbles, and tourists had a place, it is better not to risk.
– Henna in any form. It is forbidden to export, and to import into the country. This ban arose for a long time ago, when henna was trying to carry drugs. Now new chemical detectors are already eliminating such an opportunity, but the ban remains.
– Palm tree and products from it. Attention! Dates and coconuts can be exported, but a spoon of wood by the phenothy palm can no longer be. Our advice, if you decide to buy something wooden in Tunisia, then buy products from olive tree, whose wood texture is very colorful, you do not confuse.
– Plants and animals listed in the Red Book.
– Any explosives.
Alcohol, Cigarettes and Perfumery
The Tunisian Customs Code is allowed to export for the export, says evasively phrases: "reasonable amount" or "for non-commercial use". There are no translation of these phrases to the language of numbers, guess yourself.
Regarding the cigarette and tobacco, you can use the recommendations of the IATA (International Association of Avia carriers), they recommend trying to export no more than 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or up to 400 grams of wealth tobacco (snoing, chewing or tubular).
It is difficult to say what the point in the removal of tobacco from Tunisia. The country is not famous for high-quality tubular or hookah tobacco, Tunisian MARS cigarettes (on the photo on the left) and cristal quality and taste do not shine. In addition, in Tunisia at the airports, relatively low prices in DutyFree.
For example, in 2019, in the airport store on the island of Djerba, a block of 20 packs of Marlboro (Made in USA) cost 30 dollars, and a block of 60 packs cost 75 dollars. It’s hard to remember where there are still such low prices in DutyFree. Recall that in Russia every adult passenger can bring up to 200 cigarettes, and this limit is more profitable to use for high-quality tobacco from DUTYFREE.
For the export of alcohol, the recommendations are not even at IATA. Recall that in Russia is duty-free to 3 liters of alcoholic beverages. Tunisian customs officers with 3 liters are issued without problems, cases of claims, we have not seen. Our advice: export to 3 liters of Tunisian alcohol.
Regarding perfume, we recommend to export up to 250 milliliters.
Export of money
The removal from the country of Tunisian dinars is categorically prohibited, it concerns both coins and banknotes of dinars, and even Millimov coins (local kopecks).
No limit is prohibited! Some guides disseminate information about some allowed minima – 10 or 14 dinars, but these are fiction. Any coins and banknotes (in the photo on the right) customs officers with pleasure confiscate and put to themselves in his pocket.
The remaining Tunisian dinars can be exchanged at the airport, but there are nuances that read about in our review "Currency exchange in Tunisia".
In foreign currency it is allowed to take out an amount equivalent to 5,000 dinars or less. If removal more, then the currency was to be declared at the entrance to the country, and the corresponding stamp should stand in the passport. No stamp? So the removation is prohibited.
Olive oil and other gifts
The situation is similar, there is no accurate recommendations. Here you can guide only the experience of tourists and our own logic. Our recommendations are as follows:
– Olive oil – up to 2 liters per person.
– Dates – up to 2 kilograms per person.
– Halva and other sweets – up to 1 kilogram per person.
– Fruits – up to 3 kilograms per person.
– Spices – up to 1 kilogram per person.
There will be no complaints to such quantities. Although many tourists are exported and more, they do not come for them.
If you purchased something valuable in Tunisia – carpets, gold products, and the like, then beck as proof of the legality of the purchase.
We also strongly recommend stock check for any item that can be suspected of cultural value – any items with chasing, Tunisian ceramics and similar souvenirs. Remember that it is better to reinforce it again than to explain from Tunisian customs and skip your flight home.
Is it possible to export shells and marine animals?
Theoretically, the law does not prohibit this. Even correctly say that the law nothing directly talks about shells and marine inhabitants.
However, the transport of rare animals and shells, which are protected by the Tunisia Republic, Red Book and the Washington Convention. And believe me, the list of these species is very long. Any customs officer if she finds shells, has the full right to withdraw them and send them to expertise – whether they are protected by species or not. Therefore, it is better not to take shells and marine inhabitants.
It’s important to know
– about the fact that it is tourists who are carrying home, read in our review "16 best gifts from Tunisia";
– if they target on the dates or fresh fruits, then remember – their imports in the our Federation is limited, you can import only 5 kilograms per person;
– Many gifts are fragile and can crash. For example, bottles with olive oil, wine or booze, fruits can give juice. We recommend providing packing material if aimed at such gifts. We talked about this in the article "What to take with you to Tunisia".
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Tomorrow I depart in the zarzis. Thank you so much for the detailed information, I will be guided by your advice! I would like to add schemes for the location of shops and banks, specifically in the cities to make it easier to be easier to navigate.
Brought from Tunisia and Henna and Dinars. People out of bags sticking out herd pallets, there were no problems, even the eyes were closed on 3 kg.
Alexander – Glavred site
If someone did not pay attention to something, it does not mean that this has become permitted by law.