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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 May, 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
We all like to think we’re great at getting a holiday deal, so it’s surprising that so many of us fail to do the same when it comes to our holiday cash, often falling back on the easiest option on offer. Read on to find out how easy it can be to save big and get the most for your holiday money on your next getaway. Plastic fantastic? Know your charges Do you rely on your trusty debit and credit cards when paying for items overseas? I challenge you to tell me the charges you incur when using your cards in an ATM or at the till. Depending on the card you have, you could be paying a small fortune. Many credit and debit cards carry a 2.99% transaction fee with some having additional one-off fees for purchases. That’s an extra £2.99 to pay for every £100 you spend. Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland debit cards, for example, have a 2.99% transaction fee plus a £1.00 charge making a £100 transaction cost £103.99. Debit cards in particular tend to cost you more than credit cards and the costs are hidden – you don’t see them until they hit your statement. However, the costs don’t stop there. Every bank also has to convert the charge from the currency you are buying into sterling. And the vast majority take this opportunity to take a little more for themselves. It’s called the currency loading fee which can add as much as 3% to the cost. So you could actually find you’re paying as much as 6% extra for the privilege of using your card overseas. And forget trying to use your card in an ATM. Debit and credit card issuers are ready to impose an ATM charge of up to 5% or a minimum of £5 per withdrawal (on the Amazon credit card, for example) and then impose interest on top too. Your quick withdrawal of €30 from the hole in the wall has now become an expensive way to fund a round of drinks. So, check with your card issuer today to find out what you will be charged. Or, take a look at the handy chart on the MoneySavingExpert site which lists the most popular card issuers and their charges for spending overseas. Save...Read More