COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  05/07/2021

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 United States 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 and review the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

New Country-Specific Information

  • Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 315,600 total cases of COVID-19.
  • On May 7, 2021 the Government of Tunisia announced that a country-wide general lockdown will take place from midnight on May 9, 2021 through 05:00 on May 16, 2021. During the lockdown: 
    •  A curfew will be in effect each day from 19:00 to 05:00.  During curfew hours, all non-emergency movements are prohibited.
    • During daytime hours, movement is limited to emergencies, vaccine appointments, and grocery shopping.
    •  Intercity and intergovernorate travel is banned.
    • Gatherings and festivities (including cultural, family, and sports gatherings) are banned.
    • Mosques, leisure spaces, parks, and service stores are closed.
    • Daily and weekly markets, supermarkets, and malls are closed.

 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Tunisia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Tunisia for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes.
  • As of April 21, 2021, the Government of Tunisia is reportedly administering a number of vaccines, which includes Pfizer, Sinovac, Sputnik V, and Astra Zeneca. The Ministry of Health is unable to accommodate vaccine preferences.
  • 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 evax.tn. The website is available in French and Arabic only.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry? Yes, all arriving passengers age 12 and older, must take a PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to travel and show the printed results upon entry. Printed test results should include the date the test sample was taken and the passenger’s name.
  • 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 and be placed into quarantine if positive. 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.
  • Arriving passengers must download and use the Tunisian government’s ‘track and trace’ application on their mobile phones.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, beginning on May 9 at midnight and ending on May 16 at 05:00, a curfew is in place from 19:00 until 05:00 daily.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, during the general country-wide lockdown from May 9-16.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.
  • Effective May 3, all international arrivals (to include Tunisian citizens) are required to complete a mandatory seven-day quarantine at a government selected hotel, followed by a new RT-PCR test between the fifth and seventh day (self-scheduled and self-funded). Passengers will be required to show proof of their hotel booking upon arrival.
  • The following groups are exempt from the mandatory quarantine:
    • Passengers who are fully vaccinated, with official proof.
    • Unaccompanied minors, or minors accompanying adults who were vaccinated.
    • Disabled and elderly passengers with special needs.
    • Diplomats
    • Official delegations arriving for a short-term work assignment (less than five days)
  • Private U.S. citizens are required to comply with the Tunisian government’s quarantine and testing policies. The U.S. Embassy cannot assist private U.S. citizens in receiving exemptions from the mandatory COVID-19 requirements.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but travelers should check with their individual airlines regarding schedule changes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, but banned between 19:00 and 05:00.
  • 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

  • In compliance with the general country-wide lockdown, the U.S. Embassy Tunis Consular Section will be closed from May 10-14. American citizens and visa applicants with previously-scheduled appointments on May 10, 11, or 12 will receive an email notifying them of their new appointment date and time.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Tunis is providing routine services for American Citizens by email appointment only. Please email TunisACSAppointments@state.gov to schedule a passport, CRBA, or notarial appointment.
  • 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 visa services are by appointment only.  More information about visa services operating status can be read here.

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