Holidays in Tunisia: latest advice

Thousands of holidaymakers are being flown home from Tunisia and holidays to the country are being cancelled by tour operators following government warnings that another terrorist attack is highly likely.

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Here’s what it means for those currently in Tunisia and for those who are booked to go this summer.

What’s happening?

Thirty Britons were killed by a gunman in Sousse last month and the Foreign Office has now urged all Britons to leave Tunisia. Meanwhile, tour operators such as Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice are cancelling holidays to the country.

TravelSupermarket’s travel expert Bob Atkinson offers the following advice for those affected:

People in Tunisia

You should look to leave the country as soon as possible. ATOL-backed holidays and flight-only passengers will be brought out by their travel companies at their expense and most tour operators will be offering a refund of the days’ holiday they will lose.  There is more information on the websites of the tour operators operating holidays to Tunisia.

Independent travellers should contact their airline and leave at the earliest opportunity. Travel insurance for those who choose to stay in the country will be invalid and they should inform their insurer of their plans to exit Tunisia.

Existing Bookings

Those with package holiday bookings departing up to the end of the summer season (October 31) are being offered full refunds or transfer to alternative holidays .

Extra holidays to places like the Spanish mainland, Balearics, Canaries, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Algarve and Turkey have been made available by the big tour operators.  Information on how to change or cancel your holiday is on the tour operator and online travel agents’ websites.

Package holiday bookings for winter 2015/16 and summer 2016 are not currently affected. If you are concerned about your booking for travel beyond November 1, 2015, you should contact your travel arranger, however please allow those with bookings travelling this summer to speak to them first as phone lines will be busy for those trying to rearrange plans for this summer. 

Independent travellers with future bookings should contact their airline and hotel companies to discuss options open to them.

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