Tunisia is already welcoming Brits back – as long as you have a package holiday booked

Tunisia is already welcoming Brits back – as long as you have a package holiday booked


TUNISIA is now welcoming tourists back who can prove they have a package holiday booked.

Since April 19, holidaymakers, which includes Brits, will have to show they have a hotel, flight and transfer booked as part of an organised tour.

Arrivals will also need a negative Covid test but won't have to quarantine, according to Travel Weekly.

Tunisia is popular holiday destination for Brits due to cheap package deals – LoveHolidays have seven-day packages from £117pp while TUI has deals from £420pp.

Temperatures, which hit as high as 35C in summer, remain above 20C even in November, meaning Brits can book in a winter holiday to the country too.

Tunisia specialist Sunny Heart Travel's Steve Bentzen said: "The Sunny Heart Travel team in Tunisia have been working tirelessly with hoteliers who are desperate to see UK visitors again.

"I really hope we can offer them some good news when the traffic lights are announced."

Brits are not able to travel abroad yet due to the UK restrictions banning non-essential holidays abroad.

However, this is likely to be lifted from May 17 with a number of countries added to the "green" list as part of the traffic light scheme.

Only green countries can avoid quarantine restrictions, and is feared to only include a few destinations such as Malta and Gibraltar.

Tunisia is likely to be on the "amber" list which will require a mandatory 10-day quarantine and two Covid tests, but may avoid the "red" list which requires a quarantine hotel.

The country will also have to get Covid cases to go down before Brits will be able to visit – Tunisia reported 2,169 new cases yesterday, with daily cases rising since March.

However, holiday islands in Spain, Greece and Portugal could welcome British tourists back early this summer, according to the Transport Secretary.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, when asked about whether he would introduce a similar travel corridor scheme like last summer, said: "The simple answer is yes. I want to do that again."

Greece is already welcoming vaccinated Brits this week, while Cyprus is to open up travel from May 1.

UK holidays are now allowed to go ahead too – restrictions have been lifted in Wales and England which allow single-households to stay at self-catered properties.

Next month, hotels will be able to open while group holidays will be able to go ahead too.

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