Enfidha Airport Information
Enfidha-Hammamet Airport is an international airport in Tunisia, northern Africa. It is just outside the town of Enfidha, and not far from Hammamet which is another town on Tunisia’s coast and a popular destination for holidaymakers. It was opened in 2009 as a gateway to Tunisia’s coastline for European visitors. It was previously named for Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, a former President, but was renamed after his fall from grace in 2011.
The airport has a single terminal with an arrivals floor, a departures floor and a mezzanine. Both the arrivals and departures areas have information desks serviced by multi-lingual staff to answer the questions of all passengers. Several major Tunisian banks have branches at the airport, and there are also plenty of ATMs dotted around. Shops and eateries offer retail therapy and sustenance to bored and hungry travellers, and a medical centre will look after the sick or injured. There is a TAV Primeclass lounge in the terminal, which is an airport service company offering help with the process of check-in, boarding and luggage. The lounge is available to those using the service and it contains a kids’ room, WiFi, newspapers and a self-service buffet.
There is a long list of airlines which use Enfidha-Hammamet Airport, most of them European airlines. A look at the departures and arrivals board will show a wide range of destinations and cities of origin, ranging from London, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Paris and Munich amongst other western European centres to Gdansk, Krakow, Moscow and Prague in the east. These are served by mostly smaller airlines as opposed to flag-carriers. Air Berlin, Enter Air, Nouvelair, Scandinavian Airlines, Thomson Airways and Tunisair are the most prolific operating at the airport.
Citizens of the United States and Germany can stay up to 4 months in Tunisia without a visa- they require just a stamp in their passport on arrival. Most other western countries can stay up to 3 months, with some exception- check these before travelling. Import of pornography, drugs, weapons, dates (the plant), weapons and endangered animals and plants is strictly forbidden. Departing passengers must pass security controls, which include scans of hand luggage and passing through metal detectors.
From the airport, there are shuttle transport options to get to Enfidha, and from there it is possible to take a train to many places including Hammamet and Sousse, a city to the south. Taxis are another great way to get into Enfidha as the journey is only 11 kilometres. Rental cars are also readily available, and it is recommended to pre-book them to be sure of getting a vehicle. Enfidha is a small town with not a huge amount to see and do, but Hammamet is only a short trip north and has a lot to offer. It is a touristic centre, with luxurious gardens, huge history including centuries-old fortress walls, sandy beaches and all the creature comforts like hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping. To the south is Sousse, a bigger city on the coast which is home to one of Tunisia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.