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Life Returns to Tunisia’s Carthage International Airport

Life Returns to Tunisia’s Carthage International Airport

Sunday, 28 June, 2020 - 09:15
Travelers at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport. (AFP)
Tunis – Mongi Saidani

The Tunis-Carthage International Airport welcomed on Saturday its first flights after resuming travel with other countries. Authorities imposed high health preventative measures on arrivals in fear of more coronavirus cases landing in the North African country.

Director General of Tunisian Civil Aviation Alhabeeb Makki confirmed in a radio statement the resumption of flights gradually at 30% initially, pending an assessment of the health situation.

Makki predicted the doubling of flights by mid-July, saying that the Tunis-Carthage International Airport will receive around 60 flights daily.

Tunisia had closed its air, land and sea borders since mid-March, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Habib Ghedira, member of the Tunisian state committee to counter the coronavirus, said that authorities have classified countries with a color code according to the level of the pandemic.

The "green" areas include 45 countries with a low prevalence of COVID-19, where the arrivals will not be subject to special preventive measures.

Anyone wishing to enter Tunisia from countries classified as "orange" must present on board a negative PCR test for COVID-19 before the trip. Tourists must stay in the hotels they have booked with a precise tourist circuit, while Tunisian residents arriving from abroad must isolate themselves for 14 days.

The health protocol prohibits the acceptance of any tourists from the countries classified as "red."

According to official data, Tunisia has succeeded in curbing the spread of the coronavirus with only 1,164 confirmed cases being recorded, which is one of the lowest rates in the world. Recoveries reached 1,023 and 50 deaths have been recorded.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognized Tunisia as a World Safe Travel Destination, reassuring travelers.

Last year, Tunisia received more than nine million tourists, but it is feared during this season that there will be a record decline in arrivals as a result of the pandemic.

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