Tourists told to leave Tunisia immediately

Further terrorist attack against tourists “highly likely”
The UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office has told all British nationals in Tunisia to leave immediately, claiming a further terrorist attack is “highly likely”.
“Since the attack in Sousse, the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, leading us to the view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely. […] We judge that more work is needed to effectively protect tourists from the terrorist threat,” UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond said.
All but essential travel to the country is now advised against. Around 3,000 British tourists are currently believed to be holidaying there. Thomas Cook says it has around 2,000 British guests and staff in the country and will bring them all back to the UK as soon as possible, on Thomas Cook flights or otherwise. It has cancelled all future bookings up to and including October 31, and is sending a specialist assistance team to support customers in Tunisia.
TUI’s Thomson and First Choice currently have no customers in Tunisia but will repatriate all British Thomson and First Choice staff within the next 24 hours. They have also cancelled all travel to Tunisia up to and including October 31. Customers can receive a full refund or change their booking to a different destination free of charge.
A statement on the FCO website said: “Since the attack in Sousse, we have been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups in Tunisia. Although we have had good co-operation from the Tunisian government, including putting in place additional security measures, the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, reinforcing our view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely.
“On balance, we do not believe the mitigation measures in place provide adequate protection for British tourists in Tunisia at the present time and we have therefore changed our travel advice accordingly.”
TTG Digital


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