This latest advice on travelling to Tunisia relates to UK citizens but it is basically the same as other countries.

Travelling to TunisiaIn light of the recent terrorist attack in Sousse, which claimed 38 lives of foreign tourists, including no less than thirty British nationals, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued the following advice on travel to Tunisia.

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 co­operation 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.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • The Chaambi Mountain National Park area
  • The Tunisia­Algeria border crossing points at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi Youssef the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba within 5km of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossing
  • The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Tunisia.

If you’re in Tunisia and you don’t have an essential need to remain you should leave by commercial means. Tour operators are arranging additional flights and will be organising departures for their customers.

  • If you’re travelling with a tour operator, you should contact your tour operator’s representative in the first instance.
  • If you’re travelling independently, you should make your own arrangements to leave.
  • Commercial airlines are operating. If you need consular assistance (above and beyond travel information) you should contact the British Embassy in Tunis.

A terrorist attack took place at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse on 26 June. Thirty eight foreign tourists were killed, including 30 British nationals. Further terrorist attacks are highly likely, including in tourist resorts, and by individuals unknown to the authorities whose actions may be inspired by terrorist groups via social media.

You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator, if you have one.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Tunisia. On 4 July the Tunisian government announced it was reinstating the state of emergency, lifted in 2014, as part of its continuing response to the recent terrorist attacks.

On 8 July the Tunisian Prime Minister stated publicly that further attacks are likely. The Tunisian authorities have increased their security measures but have also acknowledged the limitations in their ability to counter the current terrorist threat. See Terrorism

Have You Already Booked Your Travels To Tunisia?

  • Many families will have booked to travel to Tunisia during the school summer holidays.
  • Most should be able to go elsewhere without losing out financially, or get their money back.
  • Travellers on package deals must be offered an alternative or a full refund by their travel company, for as long as Foreign Office advice suggests no travel to Tunisia.
  • Those who have booked flights and accommodation separately should find that airlines will offer to reschedule

Tour operators are prioritising the 3,000 plus people on holiday in Tunisia, and those travelling in the next 48 hours. If you are travelling in a few weeks’ time, it might take a while to get any new holiday plans finalised.

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