Updated on March 11, 2024


Created on May 22, 2020

UNHCR Family Tent

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A family tent distributed by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Product Description

The UNHCR Family Tent is the standard tent used by UNHCR/ICRC/IFRC to house up to 5 people in emergency situations. The tent is suitable for a variety of climates and can be used for up to one year.

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Manufacturing/Building Method

The product can be manufactured by different suppliers in various countries, with the common technical know-how and standard equipment from the tent industry.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

UNHCR purchases Family tents through international tender processes and establishes Frame Agreements (Long Term Agreements) with manufacturers that have completed validation / qualification of Family Tent samples in one of the UNHCR approved laboratories. Family Tents are subject to random and continuous quality control throughout the Frame Agreement duration period.

Distributions to Date Status


Intended number of occupants (#)

5 occupants

Speed of assembly (h)

0.5 h

Footprint area (m²)

16.6 m²

Internal volume (m³)

39.8 m²

Material composition

The outer-tent roof and inner tent canvas is polyester-cotton blend and the groundsheet follows the plastic sheeting standard.

Lifespan (years)

Minimum 1 year

Flammable flash point temperature (ºC)


Maximum snow load (kg/m²)


Maximum wind speed (km/h)

3.7 – 9.3 km/h

Suitable climates

5-40 °C

Design Specifications

The tent adheres to the following design specifications: Centre height: 2.2 m Width: 4 m Ridge length: 4 m Side wall height: 1.25 m Door height: 1.4 m Centre base length: 6.5 m

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

The tent comes with a repair kit including: 1 needle, 20m stitching thread, 3m polyester rope or string of 3mm used to attach the canvas spare piece around the bundle as per point 6/1 Standard package.


Minimum 1 year

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The final product must be able to withstand 75 km/h wind, to be strongly attached to the ground and tensioned without any damages. When closed, the tent must give good protection against dust, wind, rain, snow, insects, and small crawling fauna. The minimum roof load is 300N/m² under ISO8937 (snow load for camping tent). The recommended final packed tent weight is approximately 55kg.

Vetted Performance Status



The materials and additives used in the kit should be non-toxic for human use, free from asbestos and other toxic products, according to the EC regulations.

Complementary Technical Systems

The inner tent has 32 loops of 20 mm, made of canvas, for the attachment of the optional inner lining or the optional inner partition.

Academic Research and References

Bong, K., Ju, H., 2018, Natural ventilation design of UNHCR family tent, (Doctoral dissertation, University of Malaya).

Obyn, S., Van Moeseke, G., Virgo, V., 2015, Thermal performance of shelter modelling: Improvement of temporary structures, Energy and Buildings, 89, pp.170-182.

Compliance with regulations

The tent complies with ISO 10966.

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