COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  10/13/2020

Tunisia-Specific Information:

  • Curfew: As of October 8, the Government of Tunisia has enacted a 15-day curfew in Greater Tunis (which includes the governorates of Ariana, Ben Arous, Manouba, and Tunis). The curfew will remain in effect from 21:00 to 05:00 Monday through Friday, and from 19:00 to 05:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
    • There are also current curfews being enforced in Sousse, Monastir, Kef, and Sidi Bouzid.
    • 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: The Tunisian Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 24,542 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak in March.
  • 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.
  • Mask requirements: 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Tunisia reopened its air, land, and sea borders on June 27, permitting entry to residents of certain countries based on a three-tiered classification of public-health risk (green, orange, and red). The most current lists can be found on ONMNE’s Facebook page.
  • The United States is currently on the Government of Tunisia’s red list, barring entry of all U.S. citizens unless they are dual Tunisian nationals, Tunisian permanent residents, or the spouse/minor children of Tunisian citizens or residents (with documented proof of relationship).
  • Upon entry, travelers in one of the excepted categories listed above are required to present the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR lab analysis test administered within 72 hours of arrival. All red list arrivals from the excepted categories should expect to quarantine at one of the Tunisian Ministry of Health quarantine facilities for two weeks.
  • All incoming travelers, no matter the country of origin, are required to arrive with the results of a negative PCR test in hand.

Movement Restrictions:

  • No restrictions on intercity or interstate travel.
  • As of October 8, the Government of Tunisia has enacted a 15-day curfew in Greater Tunis (which includes the governorates of Ariana, Ben Arous, Manouba, and Tunis). The curfew will remain in effect from 21:00 to 05:00 Monday through Friday, and from 19:00 to 05:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
    • There are also current curfews being enforced in Sousse, Monastir, Kef, and Sidi Bouzid.
    • 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • The United States is currently on the Government of Tunisia’s red list, barring entry of all U.S. citizens unless they are dual Tunisian nationals, Tunisian permanent residents, or the spouse/minor children of Tunisian citizens or residents (with documented proof of relationship).
  • Upon entry, travelers in one of the excepted categories listed above are required to present the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR lab analysis test administered within 72 hours of arrival. All red list arrivals from the excepted categories should expect to quarantine at one of the Tunisian Ministry of Health quarantine facilities for two weeks.
  • All incoming travelers, no matter the country of origin, are required to arrive with the results of a negative PCR test in hand.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Testing can be done at government or private laboratories in Tunisia. The average price is 210 TND.

Transportation Options:

  • Reduced commercial flights are operating.
  • Public transportation is also operating; masks are mandatory in all public transportation vehicles.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Non compliance 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 resumed visa operations.

Local Resources:

 

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
  • Email address:  tunisacs@state.gov
  • Embassy website: https://tn.usembassy.gov
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  • State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • Day-time phone number: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444  (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST, except U.S. federal holidays)
  • Website: http://www.travel.state.gov
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