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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Hammamet

When to go

Hammamet enjoys the same weather much of Tunisia experiences – a hot and arid climate that doesn't see much chill.

The summer months of July and August tend to get the highest temperatures, shooting all the way up to around 35°C. However, summer temperatures tend to start in April and end in November, so you can experience comfortable heat even if you book a Tunisia holiday package outside of what we know as traditional summer. You should keep in mind though that rainfall increases from October.

In winter the mercury drops closer to 15°C. For this reason, the shoulder months and either early or late winter are optimal times to visit this portion of Tunisia's coast, as they're bound to be less crowded and the heat won't be quite as pronounced, nor so chilly as winter.

The winter months are also when you'll often find great deals on cheap holidays in Tunisia, making them extra pocket-friendly.

Health and safety

Tunisian tap water is chlorinated and safe to drink, however you may find you don't like the taste, therefore many people choose to drink bottled water during their holidays in Tunisia. No specific vaccinations are required for travel to Sousse, although you should ensure all the vaccinations recommended here in the UK are up to date.

There are no free medical provisions for foreign nationals visiting Tunisia, so you should be prepared to pay any medical fees, including medication and hospitalisation, on the spot. If you're bringing medication into Tunisia, you should carry with you a prescription note from your GP.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. If you're planning a Tunisia holiday specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this.

See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia/health.

Passports and visas

British passport holders don't need a visa for visiting Tunisia for stays up to three months in length, but, your passport will need to be valid for the duration of your stay.

For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia/entry-requirements.

Getting around

Flights to Hammamet will generally land in Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport, which is located about 40 kilometres outside of Hammamet.

From there, it's about a 45-minute drive into downtown Hammamet, which you can reach via airport taxi. Most tour operators include transfers as part of a holiday package, though, so getting to your resort is easy.

Hammamet is small enough that you should be able to walk to wherever you want to go. There are, however, buses and taxis you can take, as well as louages, which are essentially hired mini vans that can take groups of people to the same destination. If taking a taxi, you'll want to ensure the meter has been reset before you head off, or that you agree upon a fare ahead of time.

Advice for travellers with children

Hammamet is Tunisia's longest-established tourist resort, so it's sufficiently kitted out for visitors of all ages. While you won't find an abundance of activities geared specifically towards children, the activities here easily cross over to little ones, so there's no need to worry about potential boredom.

Stints at beautifully-rugged Hammamet Beach or quirky fun waterpark Carthageland are more than enough to entertain little minds. There are also the idyllic avenues in the Yasmin neighbourhood, which are packed with restaurants, hotels and activities that have seen their fair share of families.

Electricity

Connector type: Standard two-pin plug type C and E

Voltage Info: Voltage 230V, frequency 50Hz - same as the UK, so you won't need a voltage converter

Emergency information

In case of an emergency dial the following numbers.

Police - 197

Ambulance - 190

Fire brigade - 198

British Consulate

If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Consulate in Tunis.

Address: British Embassy, Rue du Lac Windermere, Les Berges du Lac, Tunis, 1053 Tunisia

Email: tunisconsular.enquiries@fco.gov.uk

Phone (from within Hammamet): (071) 108 700

Phone (from the UK): +216 71 108 700

Hospitals

The nearest full-service hospital in Hammamet is the Regional Hospital Mohamed Taher Al Maamouri. It's open 24-hours.

Address: Nabeul 8000

Phone (from within Hammamet): (072) 285 022

Phone (from the UK): +216 72 285 022