Health Alert: Updated Tunisian COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

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:

Effective April 18, 2021, the Government of Tunisia announced the following new or updated COVID-19 mitigation measures:

  • Schools are closed until April 30.
  • The daily curfew will continue to be in effect from 21:00 to 05:00; however, vehicle circulation, including private cars and all forms of public transportation, is banned between 19:00 and 05:00.
  • U.S. citizens are required to comply with the curfew hours, during which all non-emergency movements are prohibited.

Tunisia Entry Requirements:

  • The Tunisian government requires all international passengers to present the negative results of a PCR test upon arrival (taken no more than 72 hours before entering the country).
  • International arrivals are also required to complete a five-day self-quarantine, followed by a new COVID-19 PCR test (self-scheduled and self-funded) to end self-quarantine.
  • Please note:  Anyone who recently arrived in Tunisia from abroad is 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 they will be allowed to appear 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 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 283,976 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:

U.S. Embassy Tunis COVID-19 Information Page

Government of Tunisia COVID-19 Facebook Page

Tunisian Embassy to the United States Facebook Page

Tunisian Ministry of Health Facebook Page

Tunisian Observatory for New and Emerging Diseases (ONMNE) Facebook page

 For Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

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

+216-71-107-000 (after hours emergencies only)

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

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