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.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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
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 (#)
Speed of assembly (h)
Footprint area (m²)
Internal volume (m³)
The outer-tent roof and inner tent canvas is polyester-cotton blend and the groundsheet follows the plastic sheeting standard.
Minimum 1 year
Flammable flash point temperature (ºC)
Maximum snow load (kg/m²)
Maximum wind speed (km/h)
3.7 – 9.3 km/h
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
Technical support is provided by the manufacturer.
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.