In light of recent events I will keep you as up to date the moment we hear of any news
What is Happening Next
ABTA are continuing to liaise with the FOC and the Tunisian Authorities and will advise accordingly. The Tunisian Government have not yet stated their stance on future bookings affected.
Any announcements made by individual operators, will be published as and when they are received.
your customers are advise to visit the FOC website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tunisia
In the mean time, we will be continuously monitoring the situation over the weekend and will advise accordingly.
The Tunisian authorities report that the terrorist incident in Port El Kantaoui is over. A British Embassy crisis team has deployed to the area and is providing consular assistance to British nationals.
If you are in the area you should keep in touch with your tour operator and follow any advice from Tunisian security authorities.
If you are a British national currently in Tunisia and wish to inform the FCO of your whereabouts, or you are concerned about friends or family, you should contact us by:
calling us on +44 207 008 0000
completing a form online Texting Tunisia to +447860010026. You’ll then receive a reply, please respond with your details. Text messages should be restricted to 160 characters. Reliability and cost of sending a text varies from country to country and is dependent on the networks within those countries
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:
the Chaambi Mountain National Park area
the Tunisia-Algeria border crossing points at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi Youssef
the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba
within 5km of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossing
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:
areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine, Zarzis (including the Tunisia-Libya border crossing point at Ras Ajdir)
within 30km of the border with Algeria south of, and including, the town of Jendouba (this area includes the archaeological sites of Bulla Regia and Chemtou)
the governorate of Kasserine, including the town of Sbeitla
If you travel to the interior of Tunisia, you should do so with a reputable tour guide.
There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism
A terrorist attack took place at the Bardo museum in the centre of Tunis on 18 March. A number of people were killed, including a British national. Further attacks are possible. You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator.
424,707 British nationals visited Tunisia in 2014. Most British tourists stay in the coastal resorts and most visits are trouble free.
In the resort areas, the dress code is much like any European city or tourist area. In other parts of the country you should dress more modestly. See Local Laws and Customs
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.