A week is a short time in travel

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From the 16th of October, the Tunisian authorities announced that Tunisia would no longer requires visitors to have a negative PCR test to enter the country.

El Jem in Tunisia may not see many Britons if they are deterred by changing entry rules to Tunisia

The rule would apply to all those who had received both jabs and that they had been vaccinated at least 14 days before travel. Children under 12 were exempt.

Skip forward a week (OK, ten days) and the Tunisian authorities announced that as from 27 October, all travellers must take a PCR test less than 72 hours before travel. In addition they must carry dated evidence of a negative result and documentation must include a QR code. Once again, children under 12 years old.

Is it any wonder that people are confused; that travel agents are told by customers that they don’t know what is going on and that tour operators aren’t sure what is happening day-to-day?

Earlier in the year, the British government was criticised for not giving enough warning of changes but I don’t remember it changed the rules one week and altered them again for the same country the following week.

The actions of Tunisia suggest that there are destinations which are either concerned about the spread of the virus in the UK and which, despite widespread vaccination, has seen rising numbers or it is concerned about controlling the outbreak in its own lands?

You could argue that the addition of a PCR test to future visitors is no big deal considering that many other destinations also require PCR testing.

But, whatever the reason, it does make it tricky for the holidaymaker and traveller to decide whether to travel or not to travel and sows seeds about being caught in the middle as changes occur.

If you are still planning on visiting Tunisia then you must also complete and show a 02 e-form which you can get from https://app.e7mi.tn/travelers/addm which, conveniently, is only in French!

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