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Should I travel to Tunisia?
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 the FCO advises against visiting, any travel insurance cover you have will no longer be valid (unless you have taken out very specific insurance).
Please note: This is an updated version of a previously-published article. All facts were correct at the time of the most recent update (December 1, 2016).