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Tunisia is now safe for British holidaymakers, according to FCO travel advice | Travel News | Travel

Tunisia has been deemed safe for British holidaymakers, the UK government stated today.

The once-popular holiday destination suffered from a devastating terrorist attack two years ago when 30 British holidaymakers were killed at a beach resort in Sousse in June 2015.

Tunisia has since suffered a huge decline in tourism. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed the warning for holidaymakers travelling to the region as of 26 July.

The website states: “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer advise against travel to Tunisia, except for parts of the south and interior and certain areas near the borders with Algeria and Libya.

“The Tunisian authorities have improved security in tourist resorts and their ability to respond to a terrorist incident.

“Tunisian security forces have also improved and are better prepared to tackle terrorist threats than they were at the time of the 2015 attacks.”

However, the website states the country is still under threat from terrorism.

It reads: “Further attacks remain likely, including in places visited by foreigners such as tourist resorts.”

The change means tour companies can start offering holidays to the region again and travel insurers can begin to offer protection for holidaymakers visiting the country.

Frank Brehany from holiday watchdog Holiday Travel Watch said: “I am not surprised by the lifting of the advisories against travel to Tunisia; there has been a growing dialogue for many months and was likely following the conclusion of the Tunisia Inquest. 

“An examination of current UK FCO Travel Advisories reveals that the State of Emergency was again extended for another 4 months in June 2017.

“Before any holidaymaker decides to book a holiday to Tunisia, they should think carefully, research thoroughly, design their own security strategy and above all, speak with their Travel Insurer before they actually pay for their holiday.” 

How to get to Tunisia – flights and holiday information 

There are many flights that head to the country, with Vueling airline offering routes from Barcelona to Tunisia.

Lufthansa also offers flights from London to Tunis.

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