COVID-19 Information

Tunisia COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 04/08/2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information as well as these Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 263,043 total cases of COVID-19.
  • The Government of Tunisia announced that effective April 9, 2021, citizens and visitors are required to comply with a new daily curfew from 19:00 to 5:00.  All non-emergency movements are restricted during the curfew hours.
  • Face masks are required in all public spaces, to include all forms of public transportation.
  • Large gatherings (both public and private) are currently prohibited.
  • Weekly markets are closed.
  • Employers will apply the Ramadan work hours (08:00 to 15:00) starting April 12.
  • Anyone arriving to Tunisia from another country is required to present the negative results of a PCR test upon arrival (taken no more than 72 hours before entering the country), and then complete a five-day self-quarantine.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Tunisia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Private U.S. citizen should contact their local health care provider or local laboratories to arrange COVID-19 testing. Some laboratories will provide at home-service for an additional cost.  The cost of testing is not covered by the host government, and private U.S. citizens should be prepared to pay for the test at the beginning of their appointment.  The average PCR COVD-19 test price is 210 TND ($78 USD).
  • Test results are shared by email, text message, and/or by having the client log into a medical portal.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the CDC’s required testing to board a flight to the United States, please review this website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Tunisia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine information.
  • The Government of Tunisia began their vaccination campaign in March 2021.  The Ministry of Health developed a vaccine eligibility plan that will make appointments available using a phased approach which prioritizes vaccines based on age, employment category, and medical history.
  • Private U.S. citizens in Tunisia can sign up to be vaccinated and receive notifications regarding their priority group’s eligibility date to receive a vaccine at www.evax.tn.   The website is available in French and Arabic only.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, from no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • 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.
  • Arriving air passengers must complete this Tunisian government short online questionnaire before arrival. Arriving passengers should print and sign the completed questionnaire and be prepared to show it upon flight check-in and/or to immigration authorities in Tunisia.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, 19:00 to 05:00, daily.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
  • All international arrivals must complete a five-day self-quarantine, followed by a new RT-PCR test (self-scheduled and self-funded).
  • Travelers should contact the Embassy of Tunisia in Washington, DC for more detailed information about the Tunisian government’s testing and quarantine policies.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?
    • Flights to, from, or that transit through the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil are suspended. Tunisian authorities will deny entry to passengers arriving from, these countries, to include passengers who transited through these countries en route to Tunisia.
    • Flights to and from other countries to Tunisia remain available.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Face masks are required in all forms of public transportation, including private taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Noncompliance with sanitary measures can result in a fine ranging between 1,000 TND and 5,000 TND (approximately 366 to 1,800 U.S. Dollars). Fines can be doubled for repeat offenders.

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing routine services for American Citizens by email appointment only. Please email TunisACS@state.gov for appointment scheduling.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing limited emergency non-immigrant visa services, and immigrant visa services within the guidelines of current Presidential Proclamations and COVID-19 mitigation protocols. All visas services are by appointment only.  More information about visa services operating status can be read here.

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