Procedure to get Visa-Free Entry to Tunisia for GCC and Saudi Iqama Holders

Tunisia is a North African country bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara Desert. The beautiful country of Tunisia is known for its golden beaches, sunny weather, and affordable luxuries.[irp]

Among Tunisia's tourist attractions is its cosmopolitan capital city of Tunis, the ancient ruins of Carthage, the Muslim and Jewish quarters of Jerba, and coastal resorts outside Monastir.

All the residents of GCC countries including Saudi Iqama holders are entitled to get a visa-free entry to Tunisia. However, it is very important to read the following guidelines to avoid any trouble in your traveling plans.

1-In order to get visa-free entry to Tunisia, make sure you have a valid passport for at least 6 months. Tunisia immigration allows you to stay in the country for 90 days. If your passport is not valid for that period, you might face difficulties. Earlier, they used to issue a visa for only 15 days.

2-Make sure you are carrying your Iqama (Residence Permit) with you if you want to get visa-free entry to Tunisia. The validity of the Iqama (Residence Permit) should not be less than 3 months. Although they don’t publicize it on their website, you might face troubles if your Iqama (Residence Permit) is valid for a time more than you want to stay there.

3-Make sure you have booked a return flight from Tunisia. You will not be granted a visa-free entry to Tunisia based upon your GCC or Saudi Iqama (Residence Permit) if you could not produce a confirmed ticket to return from Tunisia after your stay.

4-You must provide hotel booking for all the days you are going to spend there. For example, if your flight to return from Tunisia is after 10 days, you need to provide them hotel booking of all 10 days. Here is a trick to save SR 55 or $15 on your next Hotel booking through booking.com

5-Make sure you are taking enough cash with you to meet your expenses in Tunisia. I think $100 per day per person is enough in this regard. It is always better to carry USD there as you will get very low exchange rate for Saudi Riyals or other GCC countries’ currency.

If you don’t want to carry that much money, you can show them your credit card along with last month’s credit card statement showing your credit limit.