Authorities in Tunisia impose 2000-0600 curfew in Sousse and Monastir governorates as of Oct. 1. Further nationwide restrictions in place.
Alert Begins 02 Oct 2020 03:29 AM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Nov 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in Tunisia have imposed a nightly 2000-0600 curfew in Sousse and Monastir governorates through Oct. 15, due to a rise in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Authorities in the governorates have banned all public gatherings, and most non-essential businesses will be required to close during the curfew hours. Officials have also imposed a nightly curfew 2000-0500 and closed weekly markets in the cities of Sidi Bouzid and Sabala beginning Oct. 1.
Authorities, however, have eased a series of restrictions related to COVID-19 since August. The nationwide curfew is no longer in effect. Land, sea, and air borders reopened late June. However, continued restrictions and requirements for persons entering the country remain in place. Entry requirements into Tunisia vary depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in a traveler's country of origin. Authorities have classified countries as green, orange, or red.
- Arrivals from green countries are not required to take a test before departing to Tunisia or self-isolate upon arrival.
- Arrivals from orange countries need to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure, quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival, and sign a declaration to abide by these measures. Tunisians are requested to self-isolate for 14 days at home.
- Travelers from red countries are not permitted entry unless they are Tunisian nationals or residents. Authorities will place such persons in mandatory quarantine for seven days.
Wearing facemasks in public is mandatory. Other measures intended to stem the spread of COVID-19 include:
- Closure of private and public schools. Universities reopened late May.
- Nonessential businesses are operational at 70-percent capacity. Restaurants and cafes have also opened with social-distancing guidelines in place.
- Public transportation operates at 50-percent capacity to avoid overcrowding.
Authorities could reimpose restrictions if the number of cases increases in the coming days and weeks.
Background and Analysis
Tunisia's travel restrictions and preventive measures are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.