ABTA warns holidaymakers still considering travelling to Tunisia

ABTA has warned British tourists still considering holidaying in Tunisia they risk voiding their travel insurance policies if they travel to the country. 

An empty beach resort in Tunisia.
An empty beach resort in Tunisia.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has changed its level of advice to Tunisia and now advises against all but essential travel to Tunisia as a result of the ongoing investigation into the events that took place in Tunisia on 26 June.

ABTA estimates there are around 3,000 customers currently on holiday with its members in Tunisia, but there will also be a number of holidaymakers who have travelled independently.

Most travel companies have been allowing customers with holidays booked to Tunisia to cancel or amend their booking following the incident on 26 June so the numbers are significantly down for this time of year; although some have chosen to continue with their holidays.

Holidaymakers in Tunisia are advised to contact their travel company to confirm arrangements for returning home. Those who have travelled independently are advised to follow Foreign Office advice and consider if it is essential to stay in Tunisia.

In a statement, ABTA said those with holidays booked within the next 48 hours to Tunisia are advised to contact their travel company to discuss available options.

“If you have booked a package you will be entitled to a refund or alternative holiday,” the association said.

“If you are not travelling within the next 48 hours you will need to check with your travel company what your options are and follow their advice.

“Those people with bookings beyond the summer are advised to wait until closer to the departure date to contact their travel company as the situation is fluid.”

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