Travel Advisory – U.S. Embassy Tunis – Cash/Currency Confiscation by Tunisian Authorities – May 31, 2023

Cash/Currency Confiscation by Tunisian Authorities

Location: Tunisia


There has been a recent uptick in reports from American citizens travelling to and transiting through Tunisia that their currency (both foreign and local) have been seized by Tunisian authorities upon departure.  The Tunisian government is within its rights to enforce its own laws regarding the entry and exit of currency in Tunisia.

The U.S. Embassy is unable to recover funds or personal property confiscated by Tunisian customs authorities in Tunisia.

The Department of State’s website has more information about entry and exit requirements for currency in Tunisia.

Actions to take:

We recommend Americans entering Tunisia declare all cash in amounts in excess of 5,000 Tunisian dinars (around $1,600) upon arrival to Tunisia even if the Customs official does not ask you to make a declaration.


The U.S. Embassy is located in Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis.
Tel: +216 71 107 000, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +216 71 107 000.

For American Citizens Services at the Department of State, call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or +1-202-501-4444 from other countries, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

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