Evacuations from Tunisia after new terror warning - everything you need to know

10 July 2015

tunisia Thousands of holiday goers from the UK and people working over there, are being evacuated from Tunisia after the government issued a terror warning.

The Foreign Office has warned that you shouldn't travel to the country at all, unless it is completely essential, after the government received intelligence that a terrorist attack is "highly likely". This comes a month after last month's terrible beach shootings.

They said in a statement: "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."

Thomson and First Choice are bringing their staff home and extra flights are being made available to get tourists back. It is thought that there's around 3,000 Brits currently travelling into the country.

If you're over there at the moment, you should immediately contact your tour operator. If you're travelling independently, you should make your own arrangements to leave while commercial airlines are operating, said the Foreign Office.

If you need consular advice, then get in touch with the British embassy in Tunis. British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call 00216 71 108 700, where you'll get information on what to do and how to contact the Global Response Centre.

Thomas Cook and First Choice have said that they're cancelling all future bookings to Tunisia until 31st October. They say: "Customers due to travel to Tunisia up to and including 31 October will be given the opportunity to amend their holiday free of charge to any of our destinations currently on sale, or receive a full refund."

Thomson and First Choice have all the information you need here, including when the flights out of Tunisia are.

If you want to contact them about bookings you've made, then call the customer service centre on 0800 009 3847 or 0203 636 1998 between 9am-9pm on Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday and 10am – 8pm Sunday.

Monarch have said that full refunds are available for customers on cancelled flights and should contact their customer services team on 0333 003 0700. All the details you need from Monarch can be found here.

ABTA added: "Holidaymakers should be aware that travelling out to Tunisia at this time is likely to invalidate travel insurance policies. Most insurance policies will still provide cover for travellers in a country at the time of Foreign Office advice change. 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."

TOPICS:   Travel

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