Africa: Tunisia reopens for tourism with risk assessment colour-coded system in place

Tunisia

North African country, Tunisia has reopened its sea, land and air borders to select tourists, after more than three months lockdown measures to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening took effect from June 27, 2020.

Tunisian news agency TAP had reported that, “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.”

On June 4, 2020, the Tunisian government allowed resumption of travel between provinces, since inter-city tourism accounts for 20% of all tourist activity in Tunisia. 

The North African country has also implemented a new entry procedure for international arrivals into the country which took effect from June 27. 

A color-coded system has been implemented to show which countries may enter without restrictions and which countries can enter with enhanced restrictions.

Two colour-coded lists – Green and Orange – of countries that are eligible to visit Tunisia for the purposes of tourism have been created. 

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 online.

Here are the countries included on the GREEN list: (As of July 1)

Andorra

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Burkina Faso

Cambodia

Chad

China

Curacao

Cyprus

Denmark

Dominica

Estonia

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Gambia

Germany

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenade

Guernsey

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Isle of man

Italy

Japan

Jersey

Korea

Laos

Latvia

Lesotho

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Malta

Mauritius

Monaco

Montserrat

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Papua New Guinea

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint-Martin

San Marino

Seychelles

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

St. Lucia

Swiss

Tanzania

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkish islands

Vietnam

Virgin Islands of the United States

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 July 1)

Afghanistan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Cameroon

Canada

Cayman Islands

Croatia

Cuba

Czech Republic

Djibouti

Ecuador

Equatorial Guinea

Georgia

Guam

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Guyana

Iran

Jamaica

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Lebanon

Maldives

Mali

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Myanmar

Niger

Philippines

Poland

Porto Rico

Portugal

Romania

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Somalia

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Tajikistan

Togo

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Zambia

The above lists are expected to be updated weekly.

If your country is not on either list, currently you are not permitted to enter Tunisia for the purposes of tourism.

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.

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.

Source: traveloffpath.com

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