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From near economic ruin to bearing the brunt of the 2015/16 refugee crisis, Greece has had to overcome a great deal in the last few years. Amid the height of the county’s problems, the British media went into an all-out frenzy, leaving many concerned over their travel plans top the popular holiday hotspot. Now, however, the situation has calmed down again, with tourism expected to thrive again in 2017. Here’s what you need to think about for a forthcoming trip to Greece. Is it safe to visit Greece this year? TravelSupermarket’s advice is that, based on the current situation, it is perfectly safe to holiday in Greece. There are no restrictions on travel to the country at present from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which all UK tour operators abide by. The only real advice of note is to avoid demonstrations, take plenty of cash and ensure you have any necessary medical supplies with you for your holiday. Regarding the refugee crisis, the EU-Turkey deal that went into effect on March 20, 2016 has helped reduce the amount of people making the perilous journey to Europe, easing some of the pressure on Greece. Do bear in mind, however, that while this issue is not likely to effect a holiday to Greece, it is still ongoing. How can I protect myself if things do change? Most holidaymakers travel to Greece on package holidays, the bulk of which are covered by the Civil Aviation Authority’s ATOL scheme. If Brits were advised to no longer travel to the country, tour operators have well-established contingency plans to fly their customers home quickly. Those planning to travel would have their holidays cancelled and be offered a full refund. However, it would be extremely unlikely for us to witness mass protests on an idyllic Greek island, for example, as the locals rely so much on the tourist trade for their income that it would be self-defeating for them. While there may be protests in the cities and larger towns, holidaymakers are unlikely to see any disruption at all if political decisions prompt protests. Over the last three years, despite the turmoil in the country, those enjoying the beaches have been able to holiday as normal with no interruptions of note. If you have booked independently you are more at risk. If your hotelier goes out of business you...Read More
Following the deadly Tunisian terror attack in the resort of Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, on June 26, 2015 – as well as the earlier atrocity in Tunis on March 18, 2015 – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the decision to warn against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and a state of emergency has been put in place until at least January 19, 2017. For the latest advice, check the FCO site. I have a package holiday booked to Tunisia in 2017. Can I change or cancel my booking? The current advice from the FCO has been updated to extend the state of emergency status until January 2017. If for some reason you have a booking for travel in 2017 and beyond which you wish to change or cancel, you should contact your travel company or look on their site for updates. Thomson announced on January 31 that it would not be selling any Thomson or First Choice holidays to the destination until the FCO advice changes. Thomas Cook has cancelled all holidays to Tunisia up until at least May 24, 2017. I have made independent arrangements to travel to the country – do I have any rights? If you cancel your trip you may lose money if the travel company you have booked with is not offering free cancellations on its arrangements. However, the vast majority of booking companies should be able to help. Independent travellers with future bookings should contact their airline and hotel companies to discuss what options are open to them. Can I claim for any losses from an insurer? This will be dependent on the type of policy you have, but try to claim what you can back from your travel provider first and then work out your final losses. It’s unlikely that the cheapest policies will cover losses, while many more comprehensive policies will – but check yours to find out. Many providers are looking at claims as a result of the situation on a case-by-case basis and, unusually, some providers such as Aviva have announced that if customers with its policies are unable to recover costs from their tour operator for cancelling a holiday to Tunisia, they will allow claims up to a certain value for this. What if I travel to parts of Tunisia against the advice? If you decide to go to areas...Read More