Tunisia officially reopened its borders June 27, 2020 allowing tourists to enter based on a color-coded system based on risk assessment.
After more than three months with its borders being locked down, Tunisia will reopen its sea, land and air borders to select tourists starting on June 27th. (list of countries below updated Sep 24 ↓)
“The National Committee to Combat the COVID-19 decided at its meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh to allow inter-city travel starting June 4 and to re-open land, air and sea borders on June 27,” Tunisian news agency TAP reported.
IMPORTANT UPDATE NOVEMBER 16:
Tunisia has now discontinued the color-coded entry system, simplifying the rules under one new system.
We are no longer updating this ‘reopening' news article and the information in the original story below is now out of date.
For all updated entry rules, please see our “Tunisia Covid-19 Entry Requirements Guide”
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The government said it will allow travel between provinces to resume June 4th.
Intercity tourism accounts for 20% of all tourist activity in Tunisia.
**Important Update June 26th
When this article was first published on June 15th, the Tunisian government had released a statement saying after June 27th all nations would be eligible to visit. On June 25th they retracted that statement and put forth a color-coded system showing which countries are now allowed to visit based on risk. The updated details are as follows:
We spoke directly with the government-run Tunisian National Tourist Office, who provided us clarification for tourists entering on June 27th.
Which Countries Can Visit Tunisia?
Tunisia has now implemented a new entry procedure for international arrivals into the country from June 27th. A color-coded system has been implemented to show which countries may enter without restrictions and which countries can enter with enhanced restrictions.
They have created two lists of countries that are eligible to visit Tunisia for the purposes of tourism. A GREEN list and an ORANGE list.
Green List Countries
The GREEN list is made up of countries with low prevalence of the virus and travellers coming from these countries are not subject to any preventative measures. All they need to do prior to their trip is complete a sanitary form. (We have been told this form is available from the airlines.)
Here are the countries included on the GREEN list: (As of Sep 24)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bonaire, Saint Eustache and Saba
- British Virgin Islands
- Brunei Darussalam
- Cayman Islands
- Central African Republic
- China (including Hong Kong and Macao)
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
- Holy See
- Isle of man
- Ivory Coast
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Sri Lanka
Orange List Countries
The ORANGE list is a second group of countries with medium prevalence of the virus. People coming from these countries, in addition to the online sanitary form, need to present a negative-PCR test performed no later than 72 hours before departure (and not exceeding 120 hours before reaching Tunisian soil to help with layovers and transits.)
Here are the countries included on the ORANGE list: (as of Sep 24)
- Burkina Faso
- El Salvador
- Faroe Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of Korea
- San Marino
- South Africa
The above lists are expected to be updated weekly.
Orange List Entry Requirements
- A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours from departure is required
- A mandatory 14-day home or hotel quarantine is in effect, however;
- Another PCR test can be done (at the travelers expense) between the 5th and 7th day of arrival, in order to lift quarantine order on day 7, instead of the full 14 days
What if my country is not on either the green list or the orange list?
If your country is not on either the green list or the orange list, it is considered to be on the red list. Persons from the red list can only enter if they are considered essential travelers. Tourists from red zones are not welcome at this time. There are very strict rules for entering from a red country as well, including a 14 day quarantine at a government centre, and multiple PCR tests.
What Are The Rules For Visiting Tunisia?
- The transfers from Port of entry in Tunisia/Hotels shall be organised in group (not individual) on board of tourist buses that adhere to the rules of the Tunisian tourism health protocol.
- The stay in the hotel will be compliant with the requirements of the Tunisian tourism health protocol.
- Groups of tourists and residents of the hotel are allowed to visit museums, monuments and tourist archaeological sites while respecting the Tunisian tourism health protocol in each site.
- A RT-PCR test is carried out at the request of the concerned person if he/she wishes to leave the hotel (or at the request of the his/her country of residence) at his/her own expense, starting from the sixth day of entry to Tunisia.
- The traveller agreeing to a temperature check upon arrival
- The traveller filling out a sanitation form before leaving the airport
- The traveller agreeing to stay in hotels that are implementing the rules of health protocol that the Tunisian government has put in place. See them here
- Travel insurance is recommended
Tunisia has warned that its economy will shrink up to 7% this year, which is the steepest drop since 1956 independence.
The country brings in $1.4 billion in revenue yearly and employees over 400,000 people.
Forbes recently listed Tunisia as one of the top 7 countries for becoming a top tourist destination in a post-covid world.
The US magazine said Tunisia is “Rife with picturesque Mediterranean beaches, ancient ruins, and Maghrebi cuisine, Tunisia is shaping up to be the perfect destination for those wishing to experience the vibrant and unique culture of North Africa.“
For many potential visitors, the nation’s extensive coastline serves as a major draw with the northeastern Cap Bon peninsula packed with idyllic white sand beaches and the bustling capital of Tunis just a short distance away.
Disclaimer: Tunisia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.