COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated:  01/13/2021

New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures:  On January 12, the Government of Tunisia announced the following:

  • A four-day nationwide lockdown will take place from Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, January 17.  During the general lockdown, a 16:00 to 06:00 curfew will be enacted.  Residents should not leave their homes outside of the curfew hours except for essential purposes.
  • Schools will be closed from January 14 to January 24.
  • Starting January 18, all indoor restaurant and café service will be suspended.

General COVID-19 Mitigation Measures:

  • Effective August 24, the Government of Tunisia enacted a law requiring the mandatory wearing of face masks in public and closed spaces, including health institutions, all schools, public transport, shopping centers, leisure areas dedicated to sports or cultural activities, mosques, government buildings, airports, ports, and all public transport stations.
  • U.S. citizens in Tunisia should respect the curfews, adhere to local government regulations, and monitor local media for information on additional cities and governorates enacting curfews as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Movement Restrictions in Tunisia:   Inter-city and inter-governorate travel will also remain prohibited through January 15, 2021.

  • U.S. citizens in Tunisia should respect the curfews, adhere to local government regulations, and monitor local media for information on additional cities and governorates enacting curfews as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
  • All movements will be restricted during the curfew hours except for emergency purposes.


Total COVID-19 cases in Tunisia:
 As of January 10, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 162,350 total cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak in March.  The Ministry of Health announced 3,074 new cases on January 10, a new daily record.

  • ONMNE links: The Tunisian Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases (ONMNE) provides regular COVID-19 updates on their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ONMNE/.
  • COVID-19 testing: There is currently a country-wide shortage of COVID-19 tests. While some private clinics have testing capacities, they require payment in cash before administering the test.

Entry and Exit Requirements: As of November 16, the Government of Tunisia observes the following COVID-19 entry protocols for all arriving travelers:

  • Travelers of all nationalities will be required to present a negative PCR for a test administered no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
  • A 14-day self-quarantine will be required. Please note: the Tunisian Ministries of Health and Interior will determine if individual travelers will be permitted to enter Tunisia, and the U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene if a traveler is denied entry to the country.
  • Travelers who wish to do so can take a self-funded PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine and leave quarantine if the test is negative.
  • The Tunisian Ministries of Health and Interior will determine if individual travelers will be permitted to enter Tunisia, and the U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene if a traveler is denied entry to the country.
  • For additional details on approved lodging please see the Tunisian Embassy’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TUNISIANEMBASSYUSA
  • Tunisian Ministry of Health officials have announced that some arriving passengers may be selected for a rapid COVID-19 test. Travelers must comply with all requirements related to COVID-19 testing.
  • Travelers are reminded that there are limited international commercial flights available in and out of Tunisia, and there are no direct flights from Tunisia to the United States.

Traveling to the United States:

  • **NEW** Effective January 26, 2021, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers (including U.S. Citizens) traveling to the United States from a foreign country  to show proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
  • If a passenger has recovered from COVID-19, the passenger may instead travel with written or electronic documentation of a positive viral test result (RT-PCR) that confirms a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection within the last 90 days AND a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.
  • All passengers will also be required to complete a (CDC) attestation confirming that they have received a negative qualifying test result or recovered from COVID-19 after a previous COVID-19 infection and are cleared to travel.  Futhermore, passengers must retain a copy of the required documentation to present to the airline and/or upon request by an agent of the U.S. government or public health authority.
  • The United States Embassy in Tunisia recommends that all travelers planning to fly to the United States read the full public health order on the CDC website and plan accordingly.
  • For travel to destinations other than the United States, some airlines require a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to boarding, regardless of destination, while others do not.  Travelers should check the carrier’s website for requirements as their travel date approaches.
  • The U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene with individual airlines and/or Tunisian immigration if a passenger is denied boarding at the airport.  The passenger must inquire with the airline on why they are being refused boarding and remedy the situation.

Travel Restrictions:

  • Effective December 23, the Government of Tunisia (GOT) suspended flights to, from, or that transit through the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa.  The GOT will deny entry to passengers arriving from these countries and to passengers who transited through these countries en route to Tunisia.  Flights to and from other countries to Tunisia remain available.

Quarantine Information:

  • Upon entry, all travelers are required to present the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR lab analysis test administered within 72 hours of arrival.
  • A 14-day self-quarantine at the traveler’s residence or selected hotels will be required. Please note: the Tunisian Ministries of Health and Interior will determine if individual travelers will be permitted to enter Tunisia, and the U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene if a traveler is denied entry to the country. Travelers who wish to do so can take a PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine and leave quarantine if the test is negative.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations:

  • Testing can be done at government or private laboratories in Tunisia. The average price is 210 TND.
  • The U.S. Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Private U.S. citizens in Tunisia should follow local developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine information.

Transportation Options:

  • There are limited international commercial flights available in and out of Tunisia, and there are no direct flights from Tunisia to the United States.
  • Public transportation is also operating; masks are mandatory in all public transportation vehicles.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Noncompliance with sanitary measures can result in a fine ranging between 1000TND and 5000 TND. (approximately 366 to 1,800 U.S. Dollars). Fines can be doubled for repeat offenders.

 Consular Operations:

  • ACS section resumed routines services for American citizens.
  • The consular section offers emergency visa appointments.

Local Resources:

Other Links:

For Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

Address: Les Berges du Lac, 1053 Tunis
*Day-time phone number: +216-71-107-000 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens: +216-71-107-000

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