Etiquette

Tunisia is a famously tolerant country, but following a few rules of etiquette will make your travels smoother and avoid embarrassment.

  • Greetings These are formal. Handshakes are followed by lightly touching your heart with your right hand. Men should wait for Tunisian women to offer handshakes.
  • Dress Both sexes should dress to cover their shoulders. Outside the cities, where people are more conservative, above-the-knee shorts may be seen as inappropriate.
  • Hands The left hand is considered unclean as it's used for toilet duties. Don't handle food with your left hand, especially if eating from a communal dish such as couscous.