Czechs travelling through agencies can still visit Tunisia without a negative COVID-19 test

Despite a requirement for all travelers to produce a negative COVID-19 when entering Tunisia, those booking through travel agencies are exempt

ČTK

Written by ČTK
Published on 20.08.2020 09:00 (updated on 20.08.2020)

Prague, Aug 19 (CTK) – Czechs can still travel to Tunisia through travel agencies without the COVID-19 test requirement, though they must observe safety and sanitary measures and can only join organized tourist groups as individual tourism will not be possible, the Czech Travel Agencies’ Association (ACK) wrote to its member agencies.

Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček (Social Democrats, CSSD) confirmed the information on Twitter.

The TAP press agency has cited the Tunisian Health Minister’s announcement that no traveler will be let into the country without producing a negative test for COVID-19, regardless of their state of origin.

In Tunisia’s list of risk countries, Czechia, together with Slovakia, Poland, Austria, France and other states, has figured in the yellow medium-risk category. However, tourists arriving with travel agencies have been exempted from the COVID test duty. This exemption remains valid, according to the ACK.

“I can assure all Czech tourists who plan to visit Tunisia with [trips organised by] travel agencies, that nothing is changing for them. No test is necessary in the case of organised tourism, the once-achieved exemption remains valid. We have verified this with the Tunisian Health Ministry,” wrote Minister Petříček.

The EU put Tunisia on the list of safe destinations as of the end of June. The Czech Republic did so as of August 3, and the Czech travel agencies dispatched the first flights to Tunisia last Saturday. They say the clients show strong interest in Tunisia, eyeing it instead of the so-far inaccessible Egypt and Turkey.