The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice for Tunisia and is now advising all but essential travel to the entire country. This could put a hiccup into many British holidaymakers plans this summer but refunds are available.
The FCO made the decision after the investigation into the events that took place in Tunisia on June 2t6th. They believe that another attack is “highly likely,” pushing them to dissuade travellers from booking flights to Tunis and elsewhere in the country until further notice.
Most travel agencies and airlines will fully refund customers who have booked flights or package holidays to a destination if the FCO advices against travel there. Customers have also been allowed to cancel their trips to Tunisia following last month’s attacks. Others have decided to go ahead with their holidays, at their own risk.
The official advice until further notice is as follows,
“Since the attack in Sousse, we have been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups in Tunisia.”
Although we have had good co-operation from the Tunisian government, including putting in place additional security measures, the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, reinforcing our view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely.
On balance, we do not believe the mitigation measures in place provide adequate protection for British tourists in Tunisia at the present time and we have therefore changed our travel advice accordingly.”