Health Alert: Updated Tunisian COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

April 8, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia is providing an update on the government-imposed COVID-19 mitigation measures as well as entry requirements for travelers coming to Tunisia or going to the United States.  U.S. citizens can also refer to the regularly updated Embassy COVID-19 website for more information. 

Updated COVID-19 mitigation measures:

The Government of Tunisia announced the following new or updated COVID-19 mitigation measures, which will go into effect on Friday, April 9, 2021:

  • The daily curfew will be in effect from 19:00 to 05:00.  U.S. citizens are required to comply with the curfew hours, during which all non-emergency movements are prohibited.
  • Large gatherings (both public and private) are prohibited.
  • Employers should apply the Ramadan work hours (08:00 to 14:00) starting April 12.
  • Travelers 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.
  • Please note that travelers who have recently arrived in Tunisia from abroad are still required to complete seven days of self-quarantine with a new RT-PCR test on the seventh day (or two full weeks of self-quarantine), before being allowed to appear at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia for an appointment.

 COVID-19 Testing:  The U.S. Embassy in Tunis does not administer COVID-19 tests.  Private U.S. citizen should contact their local health care provider or local laboratories to arrange COVID-19 testing.

Vaccinations:  The U.S. Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Private U.S. citizens in Tunisia can sign up to be vaccinated by the Tunisian Ministry of Health, and also receive notifications regarding their priority group’s eligibility date to receive a vaccine, at

Traveling to the United States: 

  • 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.
  • All passengers will also be required to complete an attestation confirming to the CDC 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.  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 U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene with individual airlines and/or Tunisian immigration if a passenger is denied boarding at the airport.

 Total COVID-19 cases in Tunisia:  Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 263,043 total cases of COVID-19.

Local Resources:

  • Contact the Ministry of Health toll free number with non-emergency COVID-19 questions at 80-10-19-19.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at to receive the latest local updates from the Embassy.

 Other Links:

Embassy of Tunisia in U.S.A. Facebook Page

Tunisian Ministry of Health Facebook Page

ONMNE Facebook page

World Health Organization

Tunisian COVID-19 Facebook page

 For Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

+216-71-107-000 (business hours)

+216-71-107-000 (after hours emergencies for U.S. citizens)

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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