14 Jan

ABTA Statement in Response to Political Unrest in Tunisia

As of 13th January 9.42p.m., the Foreign Office has advised that the travel advice relating to Tunisia has been changed to "All but essential travel" to the whole country and as such all non-essential travel to Tunisia should be avoided. 

Those tourists who are currently in the country should continue to remain vigilant, and follow advice from their tour operator and the Foreign Office.

There have been no reports of British nationals being affected by the unrest and foreigners are unlikely to be targeted.  However, tourists should remain cautious and vigilant and continue to follow the advice of their tour operator, local authorities and the Foreign Office (www.fco.gov.uk).

We estimate around 5,000 British tourists are currently in the country in a number of different resorts.  These include Sousse, Portel Kantoui, Hammamet, Djerba, Skanes and Mahdia.

It is recommended that tourists continue to monitor Foreign Office advice for any changes in the ongoing situation.

Note: "All but essential travel" means that customers of ABTA members who have booked package holidays to Tunisia but have not yet travelled will be entitled to receive suitable alternative arrangements, rebook for a later date, or where these aren’t available, a full refund.  These arrangements apply to immediate departures only, and for the period the advice is in force, customers with future departure dates should discuss arrangements with their tour operators.

If customers have booked flight only they should contact their airline for advice.