Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Tunis Update on COVID-19 Prevention Measures and Travel Requirements

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2020; Friday, December 25, 2020; and Friday, January 1, 2021 in observance of U.S. Federal holidays. 

 Curfew and Movement Restrictions in Tunisia through January 15, 2021:  The Government of Tunisia extended the nationwide curfew, which will remain in effect from 20:00 to 05:00 every night through January 15, 2021.  Inter-city and inter-governorate travel will also remain prohibited through January 15, 2021.  The GOT also announced a ban on all gatherings and events including new year’s celebrations.

Travelers Entering and Exiting Tunisia: 

  • Effective December 23, the Government of Tunisia (GOT) suspended flights to, from, or that transit through the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa.  The GOT will deny entry to passengers arriving from these countries and to passengers who transited through these countries en route to Tunisia.  Flights to and from other countries to Tunisia remain available.
  • All arriving international travelers must present negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours upon arrival, as well as complete a 14-day self-quarantine.  Travelers who wish to do so can take a self-funded PCR test on the seventh day of quarantine and then leave quarantine if the test is negative.
  • The Tunisian Ministries of Health and Interior will determine if individual travelers will be permitted to enter Tunisia, and the U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene if a traveler is denied entry to the country.

Traveling to the United States: 

  • The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require COVID-19 testing for international travelers arriving in the United States. However, obtaining a negative PCR test prior to travel is recommended to help ensure travelers are not spreading COVID-19 to other passengers while traveling.  In addition, some U.S. states may require testing.  Refer to the CDC’s website for state-specific requirements.
  • Some airlines require a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to boarding, regardless of destination, while others do not.  Travelers should check the carrier’s website for requirements as their travel date approaches.  A negative PCR test may also be helpful if itineraries change mid-travel.

Other COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and Requirements:

  • Effective August 24, the Government of Tunisia enacted a law requiring the mandatory wearing of face masks in public and closed spaces.
  • 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.

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 should follow local developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine information.

Total COVID-19 cases in Tunisia:  As of December 20, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 121,718 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak in March.

Local Resources:

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

Other Links:

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

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)