Tunisia suspends ferry services with northern Italy indefinitely starting March 4. Further travel restrictions possible.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 04 Mar 2020 20:08 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 4
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; health screenings; increased immigration wait times likely

Summary
Tunisian authorities suspended passenger ferry services with northern Italy indefinitely staring March 4. Moreover, flights arriving at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) from northern Italy will be directed to a separate terminal with passengers being isolated until health screenings have been concluded. Additionally, foreigners will be banned from attending sporting events with local clubs. These measures follow the March 2 confirmation of Tunisia's first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a Tunisian national who returned from Italy by sea.

The restrictions are due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus. The World Health Organization has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province.

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.

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