Unmarried couple sharing a hotel room in Tunisia?

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  • edited November -1
    Hi Lesley,
    Thanx for your reply. Yeah actually is quiet complicated but I think nowadays more gals are in love with foreigners.. anyway it's not a choice.. love doesn't really give you any :) My bf is not muslim as you guessed and frankly I don't want to ask him to convert.. it should be his own decision.. he knows that it's important for me and for my familly to accept him but we're not getting married for soon.. he's still studying.. so that's giving us more time to deal with this issue.. I know your story is different.. but I am more interested in asking you about your tunisian integration and how you found people and culture here.. how you're managing to keep in touch with your familly in Australia and everything.. Here my email for more privacy : honeylittlemonster@gmail.com
    Talk to you soon!
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    Hi Lesley,
    I would first like to say that I think you are doing a fantastic thing here by helping strangers with their queries and I am afraid that I do have one myself. My partner and I are both English and travelling to Hammamet, Tunisia in July of this year, however we are worried about sharing a room as we are 18 and 19 years old. When we booked the holiday and the room we were not made aware of any reason why we would not be able to share a room but with further research of the country and its beliefs I have become worried that our age and the fact we are not married may course some concern, could you tell me whether this is going to be ok please as as you can understand we are very worried. Many thanks x
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    Linzi-jo - thank you very much. No-one that comes to Tunisia is a stranger and we hope that everyone will leave as friends! You should have no problem staying in Hammamet, as you are both foreigners you are less likely to be questioned than the locals or a foreigner with a local. If you are questioned I always tell people to say that you are married (in your case you can tell them you are on honeymoon - always good for an upgrade) and that you were not aware that you had to bring your marriage certificate. Usually works! I hope you will enjoy
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    hb - I am giving you some information in the next few days. I have not forgotten you
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    Hello,
    Myself and my partner are travelling to sousse a week tomorrow and i would very much like to go to the SFAX war cemetary.. do you know anything about this? the reason i would like to go is my great grandfather has a plaque there.

    Just wondering if its possible to go and how would i get there? and what sort of price would it be to get there?

    Thank you and you really have helped a lot of people on here its such a nice thing to do :)

    Danielle :)
  • edited November -1
    Hi Dani,

    Sousse is about 130 km from Sfax but I have to say that I don't know the war cemetery although there are many on our coastline. It is very possible for you to get there - in fact you could take a louage which will cost you around TD4.000 each or you can get a taxi but I'm not sure how much that would be. You could also hire a car for the day although cars are not cheap to hire here but it would give you the freedom to have a look around as El Jem is on the way.

    I hope that I've helped and I wish you a wonderful holiday in Tunisia
  • edited November -1
    Hi, I don't know if you can help with this but i'm trying to find out what the visa requirements are for Tunisia. From what I can gather there is a 3 month stay limit and you have to prove you have sufficient funds for the duration of the stay (do you know ho much?). The reason I'm asking is that my wife and her friend (both uk passport holders) have gone to Tunisia without telling anyone. I think they are both suffering from depresssion and are trying to escape from highly pressurised jobs but both have children and family that love them and miss them terribly. They are both contacting us daily but I am worried about their safety and health. I guess I should contact the embassy but I'm not sure what they can do to help. We all want them back home to get some help but don't know where they are in Tunisia we beleive they are renting somewhere over there. Can you offer any advice - I know this is a strange request but I'm trying everything I can to find a way to help them both.

    Thank you, Paul
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    Paul, I am so sorry to hear your news and my heart is breaking for you and the children. Firstly, UK passport holders can have up to 3 months without a visa but there is no requirement for minimum finance and you don't have to prove anything like that. If they are contacting their families on a daily basis it would seem to me that they haven't actually gone missing and are wanting to re-assure everyone that they are well and safe. My guess is that they would be in one of the resort areas and the Brits tend to go to Monastir, Port el Kantaoui, Sousse or Skanes. Of course there are literally hundreds of hotels and short let apartments in these areas so to try to find them would be difficult. Can you not check the bank accounts to find out where the withdrawals of money are being made? This would give you an idea of the area that they may be located. It sounds rather mean but why not put a freeze on the accounts which would mean they would start to run out of money or is that not an option. If I were you I would most definitely go to the Embassy (yours) and ask for assistance, they will be able to investigate and find out further information for you. the police here won't be that interested to be honest. the UK has an embassy here in Tunis and they will be able to get assistance from the Tunisian embassy and others. And just my opionion but I don't think they are depressed. Depression has many symptoms but organising a 'vacation' and jumping on a plane to another country is not one of them. I think they probably just wanted to escape the pressure for a while. If I can assist you any further please don't hesitate to contact me and you are more than welcome to contact me via my email as below. I hope everything will be ok for you and your wives.
  • edited November -1
    Thanks Lesley - unfortunately she has her own bank account and has taken all her details with her so I can't check anything. I will try the Embassy tomorrow to see if they can help at all, as you can imagine I'm in a terrible state and really worried about the children. Thank you for the advice though it does help to get another opinion. Regards, Paul
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    Thankyou ever so much Lesley, you have put our minds to rest :) x
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    Paul - just a thought for you. Anyone who overstays the visa has to pay TD10.000 per day of overstay. that can add up to a lot of money and believe me the immigration here are quite tough on overstay visas.

    I can't imagine how desperate and distressed you are. Perhaps someone else within the family that she respects and listens to can speak with her? How is she contacting you - has she got a Tunis sim card or is she using her UK mobile? If she has a Tunis sim card then she will have had to provide details of address in Tunisia etc. The embassy may be able to gather details for you this way? Just thought of this.

    I hope that everything will work out for you all
  • edited November -1
    Thanks Lesley - no she is using a uk mobile so the calls must be costing her a fortune. She texts everyday and phones most days. Her friends (who she is with) mother is also devastated and she thinks my wife may have met someone over there who may be trying to find work for them. My wife has texted today saying her friend has been sick all night and she had to call a doctor out as she was so worried but her friend rand her dad earlier and mentioned nothing, so I don't know what to believe. How easy would it be for them to find work? Her friend has been on anti depressants for a while so I'm really worried about their mental state or it could be that everything is planned and its a smokescreen, I just don't know anymore. Thanks for all your support though. Paul
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    Paul - it is impossible for foreigners to have jobs here. the unemployment rate is very high and Tunisians always have priority for the jobs before foreigners. Anyway, I doubt that they would be able to survive on an average Tunisian wage to be honest. Of course unless they are fluent in French or Tunisian dialect quite frankly they don't have a hope in hell! And - even if they were to find something they would be working illegally and someone is bound to find out and tell the police/douane etc. etc. What a nightmare you are going through. I am so sorry!
  • edited November -1
    Hi there.

    I have a question for you. I am coming to Sousse - Monastir - Tunisia, staying at Hotel Kaiser on the 25th April 2010. I am coming with my boyfriend. I know this place is a little Islamic, so I wanted to clarify would be ok for me and my partner to share a room even though we are not married?
    And also we are both coming from the UK. Do we need to do any preparations in regards to passport and visa? Both our passports have another 7 years validity before it expires.

    We would appreciate any help.
    Kind Regards
  • edited November -1
    Fifi - you will have seen on other posts that I can't give you any guarantee that you will not have a problem. However, as you are both foreigners you are unlikely to be questioned. However, if you are then perhaps you can tell them that you didn't realise that you needed to bring your marriage certificte with you. By the way Tunisia is 99.9% Islamic but we are not ultra-conservative here. You say that your passports have plenty of validity and you do not need to get a visa. You will be issued with your visa as you pass through customs for a period of up to 3 months.

    I hope you enjoy your time here
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    Lesley,

    Thank you so much. I hope we don't get any troubles upon landing at Tunisia's airport.

    Another question if I may.

    How does the money work, I know it is dinar, but how much do we pay for transport, food, sheesha?

    Do you know how much British pound is worth in dinar exchange?


    Kindest Regards
    Fifi
  • edited November -1
    hey!
    im moroccan (muslilm) traveling with my bf (muslim also)to tunisia (hammamet). i wonder if we can share a hotel room without problems(marriage certificate).
    plz i need an answer.
  • edited November -1
    Fifi - why would you have problems at the airport? Not at all, it will be fine. The currency here is the Tunisian Dinar - TD. there are 1,000 millims to TD1.000 oh my - how long is a piece of string. If you want to buy your own food from the market then it will be very, very cheap for you. Bread here can range from around 300 millims to 1/2 dinar depending on where you buy it. For a 'market lunch' you can probably get by with about TD2 - 3. If you are eating in a local restaurant you can pay around TD5 each depending on what you are eating. In a restaurant for tourists expect approx TD15. Again with transport it depends on how far you are going. Louage costs are very cheap taxis charge usually about TD1.000 for a km but please these are only approximations. Always make sure the taxi has a meter!! We don't take sheesha outside as we have it at home but it is cheap believe me. At the moment GBP1 = TD2 (I think)
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    Salem Zoe - I think it is going to be difficult for you to be honest. I think you are going to need 2 rooms. I'm sorry about this but that's how it is here, same as maroc!
  • edited November -1
    Hi Lesley, when you first didn't answer my post I thought you were busy but it's been 10 days since you're posting and replying back to others messages.. I guess I got too much excited about finding an aussie who's living in Tunisia.. thought you can share your experience with others..

    Sorry to ask this but are you against muslim gal in love with a non muslim guy who's not willing to convert? Frankly I wasn't expected to be judged.. but I guess living in Tunisia changes people minds...
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    Hi Lesley! I am very impressed with your dedication to all of us with such informative answers! You are a legion!!

    Anyway, I have yet more questions for you. My boyfriend (English) and I (Chinese) are visiting Tunisia at the end of June. We are going to stay at a hotel in Hammamet, half-board and then use that as a base to take some day trips to Tunis and surrounding areas. I understand from what you have posted that there would be no problems for foreign unmarried couples to share a room. Digressing from the topic a little bit but I am sure other tourists would like to know too, how strict is the 'no kissing in public' law? Hammamet is probably quite touristy. Will it be ok to kiss around the hotel area? What about the beach? Really want to know to what degree it would be different from being in the UK or other western countries and really do not wish to offend anyone (or get into trouble with the law even!).
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    hb - I sent you an email = I'll send it again because maybe you didn't get it and no, no, no I am definitely not against anything!! I have not the right to judge anyone
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    WY - It really is not respectful to kiss etc in public. I'm sorry but even tourists should respect our culture. Leave it for your hotel room. You won't get into trouble with the law but you will offend.
  • edited November -1
    Hi Lesley
    Been reading all your responses and really glad to have found someone who is "in the know". I am disabled, not in a wheelchair (yet) but reliant on two crutches. Can you tell me please whether I will cope as a tourist in Tunisia as we are thinking of visiting for two weeks this October.
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    Hi Jeni - Tunisia is not totally disabled friendly, we are catching up but it is still taking some time. However, you can visit many of the sites without too much of a problem and in the tourist beach areas you will find it very easy. There the streets are good and of course if you get tired then there is always a coffee/juice bar to take a rest. Some of the areas will be difficult as they require some climbing and walking over uneven and rough terrain. But, I am sure the Sahara trip would be fine, a day in Tozeur which is a wonderful area, the capital Tunis the sites at El Jem, Sbeitla and Dougga also are not too bad.

    I would say come on over - you may not have the capacity to see it all but you will be able to see a lot and October is still warm enough for you to spend some time on the beach to relax.

    If you want more detailed information on any of the areas you are thinking of visiting then let me know and I can try to offer more advice
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    Hi Lesley,

    Thanks for your email and sorry for being late to reply back.. Hope to hear from you really soon.
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    Hi Lesley
    Thank you for your informative response. We are hoping to spend the last two weeks of October in Yasmine Hammamet. Any advice or recommendations would be really appreciated.

    Jeni
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    Jenni - Yasmine Hamnmamet is very lovely. It's purpose built tourist resort area but is well planned, laid out and very clean. You will find it very easy to get around (even with your difficulty) as the roads, streets and footpaths are even and well cared for. You can perhaps spend a day in Port el Kantaoui which is also a very nice area. Also I can recommend some time in Sousse which is quite an ancient area. It's not as easy to get around as the roads are a little rougher but try to get to the medina area and do some shopping as it's really good value for money. And don't forget to haggle!! It's a way of life and you can have a lot of fun doing it.

    I do hope you will enjoy yourself and I welcome you to my fantastic country
  • edited November -1
    Hi Lesley,

    I just returned from a holiday in Egypt where i fell in love with a Tunisian man who was working at the hotel. He wants me to go and visit him in Tunisia to meet his family, and he says that we can be 'free' there because in Egypt we couldn't do anything at all, and he was working at the hotel so it made it even more difficult. Anyway, i've been reading all your responses and so i find it hard to believe that we can be 'free' if i see him in Tunisia? And what will his family think of me? I am a 20 year old blonde female from London, England and he is 23 and from Tunisia.
    I miss him so much and really want to see him but it seems like it will be difficult to be close to him in Tunisia.
    Also, as you have experience in this situation, is it normal for Tunisian men to tell you they love you? or do they just say it without meaning it? I find it hard to tell because of the culture differences and everything! Also, how long were you with your man before you decided to get married? and do you have to convert to Islam?

    Thanks so much if you are able to answer my questions, it's very kind.
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    Hi lesley
    Thank you for your advice - what can I hope of the weather towards the end of October?

    Jeni
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