Tunisia imposes new COVID-19 measures for arrivals from abroad

TUNIS, TUNUSIA - JUNE 22: A view of Covid-19 patients in Ibn Jarrah hospital at quarantined Kayravan province of Tunis, Tunisia on June 22, 2021. 4 provinces in Tunisia including Kayravan in the central part of the country, Silyana and Bace in the northwest, and Zagvan province in the south of the capital quarantined due to serious increase in Covid-19 cases. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNUSIA – JUNE 22: A view of Covid-19 patients in Ibn Jarrah hospital at quarantined Kayravan province of Tunis, Tunisia on June 22, 2021. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Tunisian Ministry of Health announced on Saturday new measures for arrivals from abroad to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, in the country.

All arrivals must present a certificate of completion of the vaccination or a vaccination pass. This decision involves all non-resident passengers over the age of 18, said a ministry statement.

Arrivals over six years old must present a negative PCR test result within 48 hours before take-off.

The Tunisian health authorities have also imposed 10-day confinement in one of the designated centers, for Tunisians as well as foreigners residing in Tunisia who have not yet completed their vaccination.

All arrivals must immediately carry out a rapid test to detect COVID-19.

According to the latest figures released by the ministry on Saturday, 175 new COVID-19 cases were reported, raising the tally in the North African country to 717,163.