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WELCOME TO TUNISIA

Home of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia has long been a strategic player in the Mediterranean.

 

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Tunisia may be the smallest country in North Africa, but its important position has ensured it an eventful history. In the earliest known period of its history, the region was part of the Carthaginian Empire. About 850 B.C.E Phoenician traders founded the city of Carthage at a location slightly northeast of the site of modern Tunis. As retold in the Roman Epic Aeneid, legend says that Queen Dido founded the city. In subsequent centuries, Carthage became the centre of a mighty empire that dominated most of northern Africa and intermittently ruled the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, and parts of Sicily.

 

CARTHAGO DELENDA EST

Beginning in 264 B.C.E Carthage clashed with the expanding Roman Empire in a series of bloody struggles known as the Punic Wars. In the third and final Punic War, Rome defeated the Carthaginians and completely destroyed their capital. Until the V century C.E, most of the region comprising Tunisia was part of the Roman province called Africa, until the Vandals wrested the province from Roman control. After a century of Vandal rule, the Byzantine general Belisarius re-conquered the region for Rome.

 

The region was overrun by Arab conquerors in the 7th century. The Arabs had taken all of north Africa by the start of the 8th century and the region became a province of the fast-expanding Islamic empire. Conflicts arose again when North Africa was caught in the middle of the rivalry between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the middle of the 16th century. Tunis changed hands half a dozen times in some 50 years before it was taken by the Turks and became an Ottoman territory. Ottoman power lasted through to the 19th century, when France became the new power in the Western Mediterranean. In 1881, with the Treaty of Kassar-Said, Tunisia became a French protectorate. French rule brought many important social and political changes; the French settlers exerted a strong Westernising influence.

 

Already during the beginning of the 20th century, there was a widespread diffusion of “European” democratic ideals and vigorous independence movements known as the Young Tunisians, but it was only in 1954 that France granted Tunisia internal autonomy, and in 1956, independence. Since independence, Tunisia has looked increasingly to the West. Although, many doubts have been expressed on its strong presidential system dominated by a single political party, Tunisia is a leader in the Arab world in promoting the legal and social status of women; on promoting regional economic agreements with its neighbours and, enjoys a high domestic standard of living and social stability.

A melting-pot of different civilizations located at the northernmost tip of Africa, Tunisia points out toward Sicily, marking the division between the eastern and western Mediterranean Sea.

 

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Tunisia can be divided into four main topographic regions, namely the area occupied by spurs of the Maritime Atlas Mountains, the central plateau, the salt-lakes region, and the Sahara area. Northern Tunisia is the most heavily populated part of the country, while the south, dominated by the Sahara desert, is arid and barren except for occasional oases.

 

Tunisia has a diverse economy, with important services, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum, and mining sectors. Tourism is the largest player in services and represents a major source of foreign currency. However, the country is also developing its information technology infrastructure in order to stimulate growth in jobs and exports in the services sector. Textile and leather production, as well as agribusiness, dominate the manufacturing sector. Many multinational companies have sourced portions of their production in Tunisia. The country is also one of the world’s leading producers of lime phosphate, and it is self-sufficient in oil and natural gas production. Several petroleum exploration and services companies operate in Tunisia.

 

Governmental control of economic affairs, whilst still heavy, has gradually lessened over the years. The comparative advantages of Tunisia in terms of work force, developed infrastructure, geographical proximity to Europe, etc., in addition to its incentive policies have attracted numerous FDI. In fact, the Tunisian Government has encouraged foreign investors by offering attractive investment incentives, and has entered into bilateral and regional trade agreements with the EU and with the African, Arabic and Mediterranean nations. Tunisia has also signed an important number of Bilateral Investment Treaties. Broader privatization, further liberalization of the investment code to increase foreign investment, improvements in government efficiency, and reduction of the trade deficit are among the challenges ahead.

 

With its excellent climate and many opportunities for sightseeing, cultural enrichment, and recreation, Tunisia is equipped with all facilities required to cater for all the needs of the foreign Transferee and his/her family. Built on the west bank of a shallow salt lake on Tunisia’s north eastern Mediterranean coast, Tunis, the capital city, is the seat of government and an active commercial hub and seaport. Two cities in one: the old Arab town (the medina) with its narrow shop-lined streets, and the modern city with its modern office buildings, hotels and banks, bright yellow taxis, boutiques, gardens and cafés; and all the hustle and bustle of a modern Mediterranean city.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.

 

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• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service

 

For more info about our immigration services in Tunisia please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

tunisTunis is situated on a large Mediterranean Sea gulf (the Gulf of Tunis), behind the Lake of Tunis and the port of La Goulette (Halq al Wadi), the city extends along the coastal plain and the hills that surround it. At the centre of more modern development (from the colonial era and later) lies the old medina.

Beyond this district lie the suburbs of Carthage, La Marsa, and Sidi Bou Said.

Just through the Sea Gate (also known as the Bab el Bahr and the Porte de France) begins the modern city, or Ville Nouvelle, transversed by the grand Avenue Habib Bourguiba (often referred to by popular press and travel guides as “the Tunisian Champs-Élysées”), where the colonial-era buildings provide a clear contrast to smaller, older structures. The expansion of the Tunisian economy in recent decades is reflected in the booming development of the outer city where one can see clearly the social challenges brought about by rapid modernization in Tunisia.

TUNISIA FAQ - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

An unfurnished property may include basic kitchen furnishings and bathroom fixtures and furnishings.

A semi-furnished property will include a kitchen stove and furnishings, bathroom fixtures and furnishings, bed(s), wardrobes, curtains, lamps and/or any other equipment agreed upon.

Furnished properties are quite common, and can include anything from the basics such as kitchen furniture, table, chairs, beds, and bathroom furniture to everything you could possibly require in a property. Soft furnishings are frequently included. A fully furnished property frequently includes dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, smaller/supplementary furniture, decorations, garden equipment, satellite TV, phone lines, alarm systems.

Your Relocation Coordinator will confirm whether or not the property has these facilities.

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

It is always worth trying to offer a slightly lower figure than the asking price or request to have other furniture installed or work done on the property. Generally, if the requests of a prospective tenant are high and costly, the landlord will agree to do the works requested with an increase in the rent. It is not likely that a landlord will agree to undertake work on the property, install extra furniture and lower the price.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have selected: HTLC Network Basic Package includes 8 properties and the Standard Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

How can i secure a property i choose?

When you choose a property you can ensure that it will not be rented to someone else by making a ‘preliminary contract’. A holding deposit is frequently requested in these cases. This sum is usually decided in the preliminary arrangements, especially if the lessee requests certain adjustments, renovations, furnishings etc. to be carried out on the property.

A holding deposit is required if the property is in high demand or if there will be a period of time before the lease can commence. It is advisable to pay this fee only in the event of being certain that you will sign the contract. The holding deposit will be then deducted from the first month rent.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

– Real Estate agency fee: usually a flat rate, and is paid by landlord and/or tenant.
– Security deposit: usually 1-2 month rental value
– Rent is usually paid monthly
– Registration of the lease: registration taxes and fee that vary according to the value of the property and amount of rent.

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

The expenses of usage or the utility fees (such as: heating, electricity, water, sewage, telephone) are almost always to be paid alongside the rental fee. Exceptions may occur in those residences in apartment buildings (apartment), where the utility fees, such as garbage disposal, cleaning, security, swimming pool and garage usage, heating are part of the condominium fee. This may very in each individual case.

What is the process flow to rent a property?

Once a property is selected, HTLC Network will negotiate on your behalf. When an agreement has been reached, a legally valid contract is prepared. An appointment is arranged for the tenant (or company representative) and landlord to sign the contract. The contract is read through and the HTLC Network’s Local Counsellor will translate as necessary.

All the copies of the contract should then be signed. As soon as you enter the apartment, we will arrange a thorough inventory/property inspection together with the landlord and your Local Counsellor.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

Provided that the property and any furnishings are returned in the state in which they were initially rented (Emc Network will ensure a thorough inventory is taken of the property and furnishings upon entry) and the correct notice period is served to the landlord, Emc Network will be able to negotiate a full deposit return when you vacate the property.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

In Tunisia the tenant is responsible for general maintenance whereas the landlord is responsible for major repairs.

Basically this means that all plumbing and electrical fixtures that are outside of the walls or visible are the responsibility of the tenant (leaking taps, door bell that does not work etc.). The landlord is responsible for the plumbing and electrical system within the walls of the property; e.g. heating pipes. It is however, the tenant’s duty to inform the landlord immediately about any repairs that need to be carried out. In the case of misuse, or deliberate damage to the property, unless otherwise stated in the contract, the tenant will be held responsible for the expenses incurred.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Only with written permission from the landlord.

Small changes (e.g. hanging of towel rails in the bathroom) may be made but the property is to be handed back in exactly the same state it was consigned. Therefore, any holes made in the walls must be filled and painted over before leaving the property, unless a different agreement is made with the landlord.

In case alterations have been made to improve the property without the written permission of the landlord, the landlord has the right not to reimburse any expenses the tenant has had in relation to the work. In cases where the landlord does not approve o the changes made, he/she has the right to require the tenant to put the property back into its original condition.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

HTLC Network will ensure a diplomatic break clause is inserted into the contract for the protection of the tenant. In the contract it is often possible to include a notice period even as short as 1 month.

The Deposit shall be returned to the Lessee upon return of the premises and cost settlement, usually within 15 days from the date the Agreement is terminated or it will be used as the payment for the last months of lease with the mutual agreement of both parties.

TUNISIA FAQ - Utilities
What utility expenses will I have to pay?

– Utility payments are never included in the rent. Tenants are responsible to pay for electricity, heating and hot water according to consumption. The electricity bill also includes a tax that consists of the subscription to the Tunisian national media broadcasting service (TV licence).

– Condominium includes cleaning of the stairs, lighting of the common parts and elevator.

Please note that many technicians do not speak English.

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

Telephone lines are already available in most properties. In cases where there is no line, an installation fee and a security deposit must be paid. The line will be put in the landlord’s name, as foreigners cannot have telephone lines in their name.

How long do i have to wait for my telephone line?

Normally it will be installed in 2-3 weeks.

How will i be billed?

Bills will arrive quarterle.

TUNISIA FAQ - Driving
What is like to drive in Tunisia ?

In Tunisia vehicles drive on the right. In Tunis, traffic at times can be chaotic and parking spaces difficult to find.

A small Japanese or European model to use in the city recommended. Some foreigners opt for 4wd vehicles, but parking and manoeuvring a bulky 4×4 can be quite complicated. If a 4×4 is purchased, it is most practical to keep it as a second car, for out-of-town use.

Is my license valid in Tunisia?

A foreign driving licence accompanied by an IDP (International driving permit), is valid in Tunisia for up to one year. After 12 months of residency in Tunisia, all licences must be converted into a Tunisian one.

For how long can i drive my car in Tunisia?

A foreign registered car can be driven in Tunisia for a period of 3 months. It must be then registered locally.

Can i buy a car in Tunisia?

Yes.

TUNISIA FAQ - Work Permit
What documentation is required for workers coming to Tunisia?

A Work Permit and a Residence Permit (Carte de Séjour).

Shall I be present for application?

We can apply for the Work Permit on behalf of the employer and transferee with a POA. We accompany the Transferee to the Police and assist with the registration for the Residence Permit.

What about my family?

Dependant family members can apply for Residency Permit on the basis of being accompanying family members; they do not have the right to work in the country. If they want to work, they’ll require a Work Permit as well.

TUNISIA FAQ - About HTLC Network
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

TUNISIA FAQ - For corporate
How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s document demonstrating position within the Company.

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney  in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney  in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does EMC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Geography

Area: 163,610 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+1
Capital city: Tunis
Bordering countries: Algeria and Libya
Climate: temperate in north with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers; desert in south

Government

Stateform: Republic
Legislative Branch: bicameral system
National Holiday: 20 March
Currency: Tunisian dinar (TND)

Population

Population: Approximately 10.2 million inhabitants
Religion: Muslim majority, Christian and Jewish
Languages: Arabic (official and one of the languages of commerce), French (business)
Ethnic groups: Arab majority