Tunisia reopens air, land, maritime borders

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-27 23:42:19|Editor: huaxia

TUNIS, June 27 (Xinhua) -- After three months of closure due to COVID-19 pandemic, Tunisia reopened Saturday all its air, land and maritime borders to receive Tunisians living abroad and tourists.

The Tunisian Ministry of Health announced a health protocol to ensure the health security in the country.

The Tunisian authorities have classified countries with a color code according to the level of the pandemic and the rate of contamination.

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 Tunisians resident abroad must isolate themselves for 14 days.

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

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 government is now working to win the challenge of containing the virus after the opening of its air, land and sea borders from June 27," he added.

Tunisian authorities closed their land, air and sea borders on March 17 as part of the preventive measures to combat the spread of the disease.

China has helped Tunisia in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 16, China donated a batch of medical aid to Tunisia's Ministry of National Defense, including facemasks, test kits and medical protective googles.

Meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Wang Wenbin on May 1, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said his country is grateful to China for its support in Tunisia's anti-coronavirus fight. Enditem