There are dozens of nations worldwide that promote themselves as leading medical tourism destinations, but one country in North Africa is particularly making headway in the healthcare travel sector – Tunisia. Part of this growth comes from the positive reputation of the healthcare system, with Tunisia ranking 3rd in all of Africa on the healthcare index list. This reliability has resulted in the country’s unprecedented medical travel growth as foreigners look to Tunisia for reliable healthcare. The Tunisian Ministry of Tourism claims that the country generates around $330 million annually from medical tourism.

Attracting International Patients

Most medical tourists that travel to Tunisia are from France, Algeria, Libya, and the United Kingdom. Tunisia shares the same language as several European and Arab countries, and the flight distance from these locations is relatively short, which benefits the health tourism market. Droves of French medical travelers come to Tunisia for cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery, and other operations. There are also other healthcare systems like Libya and Algeria that fund treatment in other countries like Tunisia. Libya, in particular, facilitates treatments abroad because its health infrastructure has been damaged by years of internal crises.

Health Tourism Statistics in Tunisia

Medical tourism is one of the most significant sectors in Tunisia. According to statistics, it represents 40% of tourism value and 6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The country’s Ministry of Tourism and Handicrafts (ONTT) has indicated that the typical amount spent by each patient is $3,000 per week. ONTT also asserts that it gets 55,000 health tourists annually.

Cosmetic Surgery In Tunisia

Tunisia has successfully become one of the primary destinations for cosmetic surgery in the MEA region. The country is known for its high standard of healthcare, cost-effective treatments, and superb cosmetic surgery track record. The country attracts thousands of Europeans and other foreigners each year seeking aesthetic procedures.


The government is constantly investing in the medical infrastructure to ensure Tunisia retains its position as a top medical tourism destination. As a result of these investments, health tourism in Tunisia is not slowing down anytime soon.

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