ATMs are widely available in most towns. Credit cards can be used at top-end and many midrange establishments.
ATMs are found in almost all medium-sized towns, and certainly in all the tourist areas. Many have withdrawal limits of 400DT.
Credit cards (mostly Mastercard and Visa) are accepted in major towns and tourist areas. They can be used to pay for upmarket meals, top-end accommodation, car hire, some souvenir shopping and very occasionally at petrol stations. Outside major centres you won’t be able to use them much, and less in the south than in the north.
The unit of currency is the Tunisian dinar (DT), which is divided into 1000 millimes (mills). There are coins of five, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 millimes and one-, five- and 10-dinar coins. Dinar notes come in denominations of five, 10, 20, 30 and 50. Changing 50-dinar notes can be a problem.
The dinar is a soft currency, which means that exchange rates are fixed artificially by the Tunisian government (thus rates are the same everywhere). It cannot be traded on currency markets and it is also illegal to import or export it, so you will be unable to equip yourself with any of the local currency before you arrive. Within the country, the euro, UK pound and US dollar are readily exchangeable.
When leaving the country, you can re-exchange up to 30% of the amount you changed into dinars, up to a limit of 100DT. You may need to produce bank receipts to prove you changed the money in the first place.
For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.
Tipping is not a requirement, but appreciated.
- Cafes and local restaurants These provide a saucer for customers to contribute: 10% is plenty.