Social Security

Tunisia is one of the first Arabic countries which has established Social Security System to achieve social justice and regional balance taking into consideration the basic recommendation mentioned in the International labour convention, 1952 (No. 102)

In Tunisia, the social system provides services and benefits for its members among its eight branches of social security to protect them from social contingencies that may occur during their professional life.

To benefit from one of these legal social security system , it is absolutely required that each individual should acquires the status of an employee or employer regardless of whether he is in private or public sector. In addition, Tunisian legislator has created legal regimes which almost take into account specifies of employment sectors .

As a result, these laws grant certain social and professional privileges that vary according to social security system adopted in the Status of beneficiary.

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs, public operators

National Pension and Social Insurance Fund

National Social Security Fund

National Health Insurance Fund


Application for pension arrears (old age, invalidity and survivors).


Request to obtain early retirement pension for personal reasons, early retirement for economic reasons, and early retirement for…


Application for an early retirement pensions for personal reasons, early retirement for economic reasons, and early retirement…


Application for an early retirement pension for premature wear and tear and for personal reasons or for economic reasons


Application for reconsideration in calculating working periods


Application to count working periods either for pension liquidation or pension refunded


Application to adjust the situations of members of the National Pension and Social Insurance fund about joining the working…


Request for the regularization of the status of individuals enrolled in the National Social Security Fund regarding periods of…

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Structures and Institutions


The National Pension and Social Insurance fund was founded as a public body by the decree of the financial law of 1975 under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs. It enjoys financial autonomy The CNRPS covers public-sector workers (local authorities workers and employees of state-owned enterprises)  . 

The National Pension and Social Insurance fund provides number of services for the public sector employees. according to the specificities of each legal regime:

The fund monitors four plans as the  following : 

Pension system for the benefit of government ‘members

Pension system for the benefit of parliamentarians

Pension system for the benefit of governors and mayors

Civilian and military system of retirement and survivors' pensions in the public sector

Network of Centers

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Regional and local center


House of administrative services

Among them , 14 are under the Fund direct control


National social Security fund was created under Law No. 60‐30 of December 14, 1960. The National Social Security Fund is a public establishment with legal personality and financial autonomy and overseen by the Ministry of Social Affairs chaired by a chief executive officer designed by a decree working under its supervision.

The National Social Security Fund provides services to its affiliates and their beneficiaries, taking into consideration the specificities of each legal system.


The National Social Security Fund has at its disposal 9 legal social security systems intended for professionals in the private sector, which are respectively:

System for employees in the non‐ agricultural sector

System for employees in the agricultural sector

Self‐employed monetary system in agricultural and non‐agricultural sectors

Social security system for young fishermen and processors

Improvement of the agricultural social security system

Social security system for low‐income people

Optional social security system for Tunisian workers abroad

Social security system for students and trainees

Social security system for artists, creators and intellectuals

Network of centers

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Regional and local offices



Polyclinics in Tunis (urban and green), Sfax, Bizerte, Sousse and Metlaoui

تقديم المؤسسة

The National Health Insurance Fund was created under the Law No 2004-71. of August 2nd, 2004, managing a unified health insurance system. The Fund is a non‐administrative public establishment, with legal personality and financial autonomy, under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs. It manages the health insurance system for both public and private sector workers insured.


The National Health Insurance Fund offers its members many benefits and services as the following: : 

Access to public or private health  structures according to three different  treatment systems: 

Public medical system:

The social insurer and the beneficiary of  care at reduced and free rates can access  public health establishments by registering  with this system, which allows him/her  to  benefit from all the external care services  provided in hospitals, health centers public  health, military hospital and social security  clinics at arbitrary fees. 

Expense recovery system: 

The subscribed insurer in this system has  got an access to health services of  private  sector have already signed contract with  the fund,  on condition that  the insurer   First, he  should  ensure that the insurer  will pay  costs himself in advance,  second  ,he  should submit an application for  recovery  in one of the Fund's territorial  centers within a period not exceeding 60  days from the date of processing.

Special processing system: 

The National Health Insurance Fund  supports  the costs of the health services  provided under this system according to  the payer's formula Ophthalmology,  paediatrics, gynecology and dentistry,  subject to a fixed indemnity payable by the  insured, at provided that the fund pays the  difference according to the contractual  ratios to the providers of medical services

The National Health Insurance Fund is known for taking charge of the unified health insurance system intended for social insured persons belonging whether public or private sectors, and allows them to have access to public and private health establishments The Fund also wants to handle the basic health insurance system, including all the crucial services, which ensure the preservation of the health of the insured persons and their dependents, and the optional supplementary systems including benefits non‐ covered benefits by the basic system.

The fund also manages the compensation system for damages resulting from accidents at work and occupational diseases in the public and private sectors. In addition, it takes charge of the allocation of sickness and maternity allowances authorized by the social security systems. . Institutions, which was determined by joint order of the minister responsible for social security and the minister responsible for health dated 13 April 2007.

The principal mechanism of health insurance system is based on the reference definitions in the health restoration process expenses and by prior agreement according to the formulas, procedures and reports in accordance with Decree No. 1367 of June 11, 2007.

Network of Centers

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Legislation and legal references

  • Law No. 63 of July 22, 1991, relating to health regulation

  • The joint agreement between Tunisia and Germany signed on April 16, 1984 and entered into force on August 1, 1986

  • Extension of the legal age for retirement in the public sector in accordance with Law No. 37 of 2019 relating to the revision and completion of Law No. 12 of 1985 relating to the civil and military pension system for retirement and survivors in the public

  • Decree n° 2007-1406 dated June 18, 2007 fixing the base for calculating the percentages of contributions due under the title of the basic system of sickness insurance and the phase of its application

  • The joint agreement between Tunisia and Luxembourg signed on November 30, 2010 and entered into force on February 18, 2013

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Entry into force


26 June 2003

01 April 2007


28 March 2013

01 May 2017


30 November 2010

18 February 2013


16 April 1984
20 September 1991

(family grants)

01 August 1986
01 August 1996


22 September 1978

(Revised October 23, 1992 and November 19, 2002)

01 April 1980
01 November 2004


7 December 1984

01 June 1987


23 June 1999

01 November 2000


26 February 2001

01 January 2002