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Health Alert: Tunisia; Updated COVID-19 Curfew, Quarantine Procedures, and Other Restrictions

The United States 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 March 8, 2021, the Government of Tunisia reduced the daily curfew hours, removed the ban on intergovernorate travel, extended restaurant operating hours to 20:00, and replaced the compulsory two weeks quarantine at a government hotel, with a 48-hour home quarantine followed by a new PCR test.
  • U.S. citizens are required to comply with daily curfew, which is 22:00 to 5:00, effective March 8.  All non-emergency movements are restricted during the curfew hours.
  • Arriving passengers are no longer required to complete 14 days of quarantine in a government quarantine hotel.  Instead, travelers arriving from all other countries must complete a 48-hour self-quarantine at home, followed by a new RT-PCR test (self-scheduled and self-funded).
  • Please note that 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 should follow local developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine information.

Traveling to the United States: 

  • Effective January 26, 2021, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires 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.
  • If a passenger has recovered from COVID-19, the passenger may instead travel with written or electronic documentation of a positive viral test result (RT-PCR) that confirms a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection within the last 90 days AND a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.  Plesae note:  some airlines carriers have denied boarding to passengers who are unable to present a negative PCR test at check-in.  Travelers should verify airline requirements prior to travel.
  • 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 United States Embassy in Tunisia recommends that all travelers planning to fly to the United States read the full public health orderon the CDC website and plan accordingly.
  • U.S. Embassy is unable to intervene with individual airlines and/or Tunisian immigration if a passenger is denied boarding at the airport.

Travelers Entering Tunisia: 

  • 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.
  • 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.

Total COVID-19 cases in Tunisia:  Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Tunisian Ministry of Health has confirmed 235,643 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 STEP at STEP.state.gov 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

Assistance: 

U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia

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

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

Tunisacs@state.gov

https://tn.usembassy.gov/

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