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)
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba
British Virgin Islands
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Isle of man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
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)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sao Tome and Principe
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.