Coronavirus

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Tunisia on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No testing is available at the airport or sea ports. Passengers travelling from Tunisia, who require a test for the country they are travelling to, should arrange a private test.

You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. A test can be organised on the Ministry of Health webpage (available in French only).

There have been some reports of travellers from Tunisia being denied entry to a third country, on suspicion of carrying fake PCR test results. This may affect you if you are transiting in one country before onward travel to the UK.

For verification, travellers are advised to carry the original copy of their negative test result, and ensure this has been signed and stamped by the laboratory, before travelling. A QR code on digital test results must be presented to verify the result.

International travel

See Entry requirements page for full information on requirements for entry to Tunisia.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Tunisia.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Tunisia

The Tunisian authorities have banned protests and gatherings to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

If you are over 18, you are legally required to show official evidence of your coronavirus vaccinations when entering public spaces. Tunisia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.

Curfews and lockdowns could be imposed at short notice in response to events. You should follow the guidance of local authorities when travelling around the country.

Accommodation

Hotels and private rentals are available to book, although hotels are required to operate at a reduced capacity.

Hygiene measures are in place, including luggage disinfection on arrival, temperature checks on entry and hand sanitiser in public spaces. You must wear face masks on the transport to your accommodation. Self-service restaurants are not allowed to operate as normal, food must be served to guests while they are seated.

Public places and services

Public places have hygiene measures in place, including obligatory face masks, taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry.

If you are over 18, you are legally required to show official evidence of your coronavirus vaccinations when entering public spaces. Tunisia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record.

Healthcare in Tunisia

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Tunisia.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call a doctor or lab. They will ask a series of questions to assess whether it is likely that you have COVID-19. If COVID-19 is suspected, then they may arrange for someone to come to your home or hotel to conduct a test and they will advise you to self-isolate. You can pay for a test, if required for travel purposes, at the Institut Pasteur.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Tunisia

We will update this page when the Government of Tunisia announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Tunisian national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines. The Government of Tunisia has stated that British nationals resident in Tunisia are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme and how to register for a vaccine can be found on the government’s EVAX website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Tunisia, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

(In Arabic) Facebook.com/pg/santetunisie.rns.tn/posts/

(In French) https://www.facebook.com/covid19tunisia/ https://www.facebook.com/ONMNE/ https://covid-19.tn/fr/accueil-2/ http://www.santetunisie.rns.tn/fr/ http://onmne.tn/fr/