Travellers with Disabilities
Tunisia has few facilities for people with disabilities, but the country is not necessarily out of bounds for travellers with a physical disability and a sense of adventure. Some factors to be aware of:
- Tunis’ TGM Marine train stations have ramps, as do some museums and sites.
- The awkward nature of narrow medina streets and rutted pavements can make mobility challenging at times, even for the able-bodied.
- Not all hotels (including almost none of the cheaper ones) have lifts, so booking ground-floor hotel rooms ahead of time is essential.
- Only a handful of the very top-end hotels have rooms designed for people with disabilities.
- Travelling by car is probably the best transport, though you’ll be able to get assistance at bus and train stations (a tip will be required).
- Vision- or hearing-impaired travellers are poorly catered for. Hearing loops, Braille signs and talking pedestrian crossings are non-existent.
Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.
Organisations that disseminate information, advice and assistance on world travel for the mobility-impaired include the following:
Access-able Travel Source (www.access-abletravel.com.au) An information provider for travellers with mobility problems.
Disabled Travelers Guide (www.disabledtravelersguide.com) A general guide for travellers with disabilities.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA; www.miusa.org) Promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in international programs, with a page of air-travel tips.
Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH; www.sath.org) Has news, tips and members’ articles and blogs.