Severity: Warning Alert

Entry/Exit: Tunisian authorities announce additional measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, March 13. Further travel restrictions likely.

This alert affects Tunisia

This alert began 14 Mar 2020 01:23 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 13
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings, increased immigration wait times, business disruptions

Summary
Tunisian Prime Minister Elyas Fakhfakh announced, March 13, a series of preventive measures to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have suspended all air and sea travel to and from Italy through at least April 4; officials have also reduced flights to France to one per day, and Egypt, Germany, Spain, and the UK each to one per week. All inbound travelers from the aforementioned countries are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Authorities have also closed the country's maritime borders. Additionally, the government has banned all large gatherings, including mid-day Friday prayers, sporting, and political events. Cafes will be required to close daily at 1600. All private and public schools will also be shut down until at least March 28.

The restrictions are due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global pandemic. As of March 13, there are 16 confirmed cases of the disease in Tunisia. Additional travel restrictions and business disruptions remain likely in the coming days.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.