Foreigners wishing to live in Tunisia without gainful employment, such as tourists, may stay in Tunisia for 3 months (90 days) without a permit.
Citizens from European community, United States, Japan, UK, Switzerland, Canada and Maghreb do not need to arrange their visa before arriving in Tunisia, and will be given a free entry stamp upon arrival. They can spend 90 days in the country on a tourist visa.
Foreigners wishing to engage in gainful employment require a residence permit.
A temporary residence visa valid on a five-year renewable basis also can be granted to foreign investors who have been living in Tunisia for one year or less.
Any foreigner, who invests in Tunisia, has the right, within the context of his professional activities, to import his personal effects and his personal motor vehicle exempt of taxes.
Foreigners may freely import unlimited amounts of payment instruments denominated in foreign currencies; however all imports and exports of currency whose value equals or exceeds 25 000 Tunisian dinars (8741 euros) must be declared at airport customs office.
Imported currencies should be declared to customs office at the entrance in Tunisia to have the right to deposit it in Tunisian bank account.