Traveling to Tunisia from the UK in 2020

Posted on July 8, 2020 Edited & Updated on July 9, 2020

Important UPDATE: During the evening of July 8, 2020 the Tunisian authorities changed the UK status from Orange to Green.


Since Tunisia officially reopened its borders on June 27, 2020 I’ve received so many questions from my followers at the Tunisia Security Update.

Here’s an example of a recent question:

“Hello, my friend is hoping to travel to Tunisia to be at his sisters engagement in a few months. What is the requirements for when he lands there does he have to go in Quarantine for a few days or is it safe for him to go right to his family’s home?  Thanks for your answer.”

After replying to quite a few similar questions I thought I should just write a blog post for all my British followers. Hopefully the information will also help out all travelers wanting to know what Tunisia’s COVID19 travel requirements.

A woman wearing mask and gloves as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting coronavirus work at Tunisia Airport in Tunis, Tunisia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi – RC2IAF9TO130

Tunisia Entry requirements for British Citizens

Before going into the entry requirements let’s take a moment to give credit where credit is due.

Tunisia received international praise for their COVID-19 response. After three months of closure, Tunisia began easing its lockdown on 13 May. Tunisia now reports very few instances of COVID-19, with a total of 1,110 cases and 49 deaths for its 11 million citizens. 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said the country recorded among the lowest mortality rate from COVID-19 in the world “with four deaths per million inhabitants.”

 The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also recognized Tunisia’s successful response and awarded them the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp.

WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, designed the Safe Travels stamp to enable travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which adopted its health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Entry requirements

It is important to note that the Tunisian authorities are constantly evaluating the situation and making changes as needed. As a best practice, travelers should always look to their respective embassy for travel guidance and make their own decisions.

British tourists have their photo taken after arriving to Tunisia with the Thomas Cook travel agency at the Enfidha Airport in Enfidha, Tunisia February 14, 2019 (Reuters)

Tunisia has implemented a color-coded system to show which countries may enter without restrictions and which countries can enter with enhanced restrictions.

  • Green= Welcome to Tunisia. NO Restrictions. Enjoy your holidays!
  • Orange= Welcome to Tunisia. Comply with the safety protocol. Enjoy your holidays!

The UK is currently classified as an “Orange”country changed to GREEN on the evening of July 8, 2020 by the Ministry of Health .

As of July 8, 2020 here are the COVID-19 entry options:

  1. Take a coronavirus PCR test 72 hours before departure and provide the negative results upon arrival. OR
  2. Self-isolating in your place of residence or a hotel at your own expense for 14 days.

Additionally, if British citizens want to shorten the self-isolation, they may do so from the sixth day after arrival, by paying for a PCR test and receiving a negative result in Tunisia.

Know before you go!

The world agrees that Tunisia’s response to the pandemic was effective. Regardless, travelers must ensure that they conduct their own research and take necessary measures before traveling. In order to accomplish this INFORMATION is essential Here are (3) good sources to obtain the latest information:

I hope this information helps. Feel free to reach out if I can be of any assistance. For companies operating in Tunisia learn how you can obtain reliable & actionable security information to address your risk management concerns.


Tunisia to REOPEN Economy in Stages…

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Tunisia to reopen economy in stages…

The lockdown will begin to be eased on May 4. Further easing after May 11 will include clothing shops and malls

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT:  The lockdown will begin to be eased on May 4. Further easing after May 11 will include clothing shops and malls, said Lobna Jribi, the minister in charge of major projects.

Tentative Stages: 

Stage 1 – May 4th- “Essential Workers + Supporting elements”

What you need to know:  On May 4th, a gradual lifting of the confinement measures will take place. The confinement measures will vary slightly from region to region and includes essential workers and workers in supporting ministries & industries.

Stage 2- May 11th “General Public” Re-open

This stage will include the general public including clothing shops, coffee shops and open markets.

Important to NOTE:  The Tunisian government will provide further detail about the new measures before May 4th.  


Security | Free IconSecurity  INSIGHT: The lockdown, according to Health Minister Abdelatif el-Makki has stopped 25,000 cases of the virus and 1,000 deaths.  Tunisia, has about 500 intensive care beds, has confirmed fewer than 1,000 cases in all.


Globe Planet Travel Plane Svg Png Icon F #1505326 - PNG Images - PNGioTravel:  At the time of this writing both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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Annual Jewish pilgrimage to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue CANCELED

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: Annual pilgrimage to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue CANCELED.

Jews gather at the Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia’s Mediterranean resort island of Djerba on the first day of the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the synagogue on May 2, 2018. (AFP Photo/Fethi Belaid)-Source: TOI April 21, 2020


Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHT: The annual pilgrimage was scheduled for May 7-13.  Hundreds of Israelis, many of them of Tunisian origin, traditionally visit the synagogue for the annual pilgrimage.

The Jewish community on Djerba dates back nearly 2,600 years, much longer than the Christian or Muslim presence on the island.


Security | Free IconSecurity  INSIGHT: Tunisia’s small Jewish community is still recovering from a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda at the synagogue in 2002 that killed 21 people. Before that, some 8,000 pilgrims used to travel to Djerba for the annual celebration.

Globe Planet Travel Plane Svg Png Icon F #1505326 - PNG Images - PNGioTravel:  At the time of this writing both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.


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TS Update-(Risky Times)

Recently, I became inspired to write an article on Risk Management while reading an article on the online version of the Washington Post.  As someone in the security industry, Risk Management is a field that I find particularity fascinating.  I know what you are thinking…risk management? fascinating?  really?

The reason why risk management seems boring is because it is a huge field that deals with one of the things people fear the most:  RISK.  What I find fascinating about risk is that if managed smartly, it can be a good thing.  In other words risk management is concerned with both the positive and negative aspects of risk. 

Risk Assessment-Questions

At the heart of conducting a good risk assessment is asking the right questions.  March Fisher’s  (Senior Editor of The Washington Post) article  entitled “In Tunisia after Arab Spring, Islamists’ new freedoms create new Muslim divide”, not only asks the right questions, but also gives security coordinators like myself; a good paradigm to study. 

This question clearly highlights how sensitive the situation in Tunis still remains:  Can and should Tunisia’s blend of Western and Islamic values and practices be maintained under the North African country’s new freedom, or has that freedom unleashed a religious extremism that threatens to push this land of 10 million people toward a new kind of dictatorship?

The article makes (2) great points that strengthen the question:

  • In a country that is nearly 100 percent Muslim, a growing rift over religion threatens — in the view of the secular president of the new parliament — to throw Tunisia into “chaos.”
  • “Now, our situation is so fragile and sensitive because we are caught between two forces — one that wants progress and one that wants to go back in time.”

Risk Assessment-Positives

For many security analysts, May 1st peaceful protests downtown were further evidence that Tunisia is continuing to move in the right direction.  That being said we have also learned that the State of Emergency will be extended into the Summer and perhaps beyond. 

Risk management is a continuous and evolving process.  As Tunisia continues to transition into a new & more democratic version, we will continue to write our risk assessments in pencil. 

 

 

This Moment of Oppurtunity

Cautious Optimism

With so much negative news in circulation, I thought it would be nice to shine the light on a few positive and somewhat hopeful information.  On Friday May 20th, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said in Beijing  that China “believes Tunisia’s government and its people can realize social stability and economic prosperity.”  According to the Vice President he feels that the Tunisian government and its people have the “ability, wisdom and ways to find an economic system and road of development suitable for the country’s conditions”.  Additionally, during the most recent G8-Leaders of the world’s richest nations approved a multi-billion-dollar aid package for Tunisia and Egypt.

As might be expected, the tourism industry is greatly effected by the continual instability.  Still, there are those who still  have a positive outlook on the future.  According to Habib Ammar, the director-general of the Tunisian National Tourist Office (ONTT):  “The revolution will help boost our tourism industry in the mid to long-term,” Habib Ammar, the director-general of the Tunisian National Tourist Office (ONTT), told the press. “I’m confident that our visitor numbers will triple or even quadruple over the next five years.”

Summer Security Preparation

According to most security analysts, it should be a relatively safe summer  in Tunisia, but as we all know; things can change very rapidly.  Above all things, situational & informational awareness are the tools  that will enable you to stay ahead of any crisis.

Make sure you read our next posting on Thursday June 9th for a complete summer in Tunisia Security Posting.