Tunisia Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Tunisia – updated 13 October, 2020

From 27 June, borders reopened to international travelers. Countries have been categorized as red (high), orange (medium) or green (low) depending on the COVID-19 risk, and depending on where you are traveling from, restrictions may apply to you. The list of countries will be updated weekly here on the Tunisian Ministry of Public Health website.

  • All visitors to Tunisia, regardless of where you are arriving from, must take a PCR test before travel, and the results must not exceed 72 hours before departure (or 120 hours upon arrival)
  • All travelers must fill out an online form
  • Foreign nationals traveling from green (low risk) countries may be subject to testing on arrival if symptoms are displayed, and are recommended to self-isolate for 7 days
  • Foreign nationals traveling from orange (medium risk) countries are obligated to self isolate for 7 days, and will be tested for COVID-19 between the 5th and 7th day from their date of arrival in Tunisia
  • Travelers from red (high risk) countries are banned from entering Tunisia, unless they are Tunisian nationals or hold residency in Tunisia (subject to entry conditions).

Face masks are mandatory in public spaces, and social distancing measures continue to apply. Be prepared for restrictions to be imposed with little notice if cases of COVID-19 spike, and follow the advice of your government's travel advice before booking a trip.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Previous travel alerts for Tunisia

State of Emergency - October 2018

Since the country was impacted by several terror related incidents in June 2015; the Tunisian government declared a state of emergency which has been extended several times. In early October 2018. the government extended it by a month. 

Is It Safe to Go to Tunisia?

How safe is Tunisia for travelers? Travel writer, Sarah Woods, answers questions about crime, etiquette and safety for families and LGBTQ+ visitors.

Ultimately, it's up to you to research and weigh up any potential risks before traveling to any country. And always consider your government's travel advice.

What to do in a Terror Attack

Make yourself aware of a few tips on what to do if you're unfortunate enough to be caught up in a terror attack.

  • Stay within the confines of your residence or accommodation
  • Do not go out into the public streets
  • Be alert to local news developments
  • Adhere to any imposed curfews or security restrictions
  • Be aware of unusual behaviour or devices and report them to police or security personnel promptly
  • If you are in a building located close to the site of a terrorist attack, stay away from the windows
  • If in the vicinity of an attack, do not stay to watch what is happening, as you will only get in the way of the emergency services. There is also a risk that additional attacks may occur.

If There's a Bomb Blast

  • Leave the area as soon as possible
  • Don'tt run you may be suspected as the bomber. If you are in a crowd, stay at the fringes
  • Stay clear of glass shop fronts
  • If you are injured attend to yourself before others
  • Obey all instructions and orders that are given by local authorities such as police
  • Make your way to a pre planned secure area
  • If you return to your hotel stay away from the windows
  • Listen to television and radio reports or check online for information (where possible)
  • Contact family or friends and let them know your situation
  • Write down what you saw before and after the blast it may help the authorities in their investigation.

Preparing for Terrorism

  • Before visiting a country where there is a risk of terrorism, obtain as much information on that country particularly any areas which are advised as 'Do Not Travel" or 'Reconsider all but essential travel"
  • When you arrive, stay away from those areas that may have been the target of terrorism in the past
  • Identify the main tourist areas and try to stick to those which are most secure
  • Make yourself aware of your surroundings and the people around you
  • Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations should they occur
  • Know the telephone numbers of local police, hospitals and your Embassy
  • If you are with friends, identify a rendezvous point to meet should there be an incident
  • Prepare a plan to evacuate should there be an incident
  • Know the telephone numbers of local transport and hire car companies.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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2 Comments

  • Fawzi Alali said

    I’m from Jordan since March 16 , I’m stuck in Istanbul and I love to visit , I’m very healthy never have illness, I still walk daily 10 km and I don’t have any health problems.

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  • Emma said

    I have just found out we are going in red from the 28th Sept and i am due to fly on the 1st of Oct. I have not got a clue what to do! Me and my husband( who is tunisian) have booked an appartment for 22 days and then was going to stay at the family home for a further 2 weeks. Doe's this mean i can not do this now? would i have to book a hotel and stay on my own for a week? How do i find out about the hotels, and would both me and him have to do a test within the 5 days if we did stay at appartment? Thanks em

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