Travel advice for tourists after terrorist shooting in Sousse
We have all read about the terrible shootings in Sousse Tunisia in which it is reported that many Britons were amongst the dead, 23 have been confirmed so far. So what is the current advice about those contemplating a holiday there, or for those already booked on to holidays in the country?
The situation at the moment is that tour operators have set into motion plans to bring home tourists, for example Thomson and First Choice have sent ten planes to Tunisia to repatriate 1,000 guests and cancelled all holidays to Tunisia next week. In addition Jet2, easyJet and Thomas Cook are laying on extra flights today, allowing those who are about to fly to Tunisia soon to change their plans free of charge. The Association of British Travel Agents said that there are currently around 20,000 holidaymakers on holiday with Abta members in Tunisia. It is clear that tour operators and airlines are doing everything possible to re-patriate them and many extra flights have been laid on.
Tunisia is a popular holiday destination for British holiday makers with some 424, 707 who visited the country in 2014. However, terrorist attacks have been reported in the country since 2013. Sousse was the target then, when failed attacks took place at a hotel in Sousse and the Bourguiba Museum in Monastir.
So what advice is being offered to those booked to go to the country? Thomas Cook gas issued a statement that says that customers due to travel to Tunisia up to and including July 4 can cancel or amend their holiday free of charge. Those travelling from July 5 can amend their bookings to Tunisia free of charge for holidays departing up to and including July 31, 2015. Its helpline for customers is 01733 224 536.
Another operator Monarch said that customers who booked directly through Monarch or Cosmos Holidays travelling to Tunisia within the next seven days can choose not to travel and will be offered the choice of a change of date or destination. They should call customer service teams on 0333 003 0700 for Monarch, or 0844 573 4952 for Cosmos.
So what if you are booked ahead to go to Tunisia, what is the advice and can you cancel your holiday? If the Foreign Office does not advise against it then in theory those who are due to depart for the resorts have no option but to go, or lose their money. However, if the Foreign Office does strengthen its warnings and advises against travel to certain resorts before you are due to go, then a full refund should be available.