This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.
The authorities in Tunisia set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Entry to Tunisia
Travellers from all countries into Tunisia who are not vaccinated must take a PCR test less than 72 hours before travel and carry dated evidence of a negative result. This test should include a QR code. This does not apply to children under 12 years old. You are exempt from the requirement to provide evidence of a negative PCR test, if you can present official evidence to prove you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travelling.
From 25 August, if you are not fully vaccinated you are required to enter mandatory quarantine in a government-approved hotel for seven days on arrival in Tunisia. A list of approved hotels is available at in Arabic and in French.
You are exempt from the requirement to enter mandatory quarantine if you can present official evidence to prove you have been fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination must be issued from the national health authority of your country of residence. (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’).
Children under the age of 18 who are unaccompanied or who are travelling with vaccinated adults are also exempt from mandatory quarantine.
You are exempt from mandatory quarantine if you are travelling on an inclusive holiday with a tour operator. You must provide evidence of your booking and a negative coronavirus PCR test taken less than 72 hours before your travel to Tunisia, with a QR code, unless you are fully vaccinated. You must follow all instructions from your tour operator to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, which are set by the Tunisian authorities. You must stay with your tour group at all times, including transportation and accommodation.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 status
Tunisia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
Testing on arrival
Unvaccinated travellers from all countries need to provide evidence of having taken a coronavirus PCR test that is negative less than 72 hours before travel to Tunisia. You should arrange to take a test and ensure the certificate is dated. It should also include a QR code.
See Entry to Tunisia for full entry requirements.
You must complete this Tunisian government short online questionnaire before travelling.
On arrival in Tunisia, you must also share your contact details and travel information with authorities.
Testing on departure
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.
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 PCR test result, and ensure this has been signed and stamped by the laboratory, before travelling. A QR code on test results must also be provided.
A small number of transit flights are operating through Tunisia. If you are transiting through Tunisia, you must comply with sanitary measures and temperature checks.
Regular entry requirements
British passport holders don’t need a visa for visits of up to three months. On arrival, security checks are sometimes carried out on British passport holders who were not born in the UK. This can take a few hours and you will need to be patient until clearance is given. These types of checks rarely take place on departure.
If you stay in Tunisia for longer than the authorised period, you will have to pay a fine. This rule may not apply if you are vulnerable and current circumstances oblige you to remain in the country.
For stays of up to 3 months your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
Tunisian authorities accept UK ETDs for entry to and exit from Tunisia. If you’re leaving Tunisia on an ETD, make sure you have a copy of the police report about the loss/theft of your full validity passport to present to the Immigration Officer.
Dual British-Tunisian nationals should enter and leave Tunisia on their Tunisian passports.