Tunisia has been granted "Safe Travels" certification by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
Wahida Jaiet, director UK and Ireland of the Tunisian National Tourist Office, confirmed the award to TTG on Friday (26 June).
It recognises Tunisia’s efforts to ensure it is ready to restart its tourism industry safely as it emerges from the coronavirus crisis.
The WTTC launched what is its first global safety and hygiene stamp for tourism last month as the industry seeks to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and rebuild traveller confidence.
Safe Travels protocols include new hygiene standards for hotels, such as enhanced cleaning with a specific focus on touchpoints, new staff training, contactless payments, no-contact service and social distancing.
Advice for retail and service premises include providing hand sanitisers at entrances and exits, offering digital food menus and limiting car park capacities.
Tunisia embarked on the third phase of its efforts to lift its coronavirus lockdown on 4 June. Inter-city and regional travel has resumed, while air, sea and land borders will reopen on 27 June.
New tourism sector-specific protocols have been developed to allow hotels to reopen, with hotel and travel agency staff in Tunisia are being trained to adopt the new rules.