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Tunisia taxes tourists upon departure

A new tourist tax of 30 Tunisian dinars (around 13 euros) has been implemented at the destination and will be applied to each tourist upon leaving the country.

Tunisia has announced the implementation of a new tourist tax. Thus, from October 1, 2014, any non-resident (regardless of nationality, and with exception to Tunisians residing abroad) will, upon leaving Tunisia, be required to pay this tax with a Tax stamp in their passport of 30 dinars, or close to 13 euros. The latter will be available at tax offices, ports and airports, as well as border checkpoints on overland transport routes.

With this tax, the Tunisian Ministry of Finances hopes to generate 40 million Tunisian dinars (around 17.5 million euros) in revenues in 2014 and 120 million (close to 52.5 million euros) in 2015, thereby helping the country regain its pre-Revolution tourism income levels. It remains to be hoped that the new tax will not cause a drop in tourist arrivals, as these figures continue to struggle to regain previous levels.
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