A total of 39 people were killed on a beach near the Tunisian resort of Sousse by a gunman with links to Islamic State extremists last Friday. The British Foreign Office has warned holiday makers in Tunisia that further attacks are possible following the massacre and that the British death toll will rise above 30.
Although the FCO have not advised against all but essential travel to the country, they have advised against travel to border areas with Libya and Algeria and to the Chaambi Mountain National Park where there are military operations. The FCO added that travel into Tunisia’s interior should only be undertaken “with a reputable tour guide.”
As a result of the recent terrorist attack, if you have a Tunisian holiday planned and are insured by Staysure, you will be allowed to change the dates and destination of your trip. This will also apply to people that should have travelled over the weekend, who are now trying to rearrange their holiday plans. Normally changes incur an additional premium. However, due to the nature of the situation and as a goodwill gesture, we are waving all administration fees for customers who are due to travel to Tunisia and wish to change their destination.
However, there are two conditions for customers wishing to change their travel plans:
- No claim can be made for the original trip (or part of it, e.g. lost airport parking).
- If travel should have started already, the start date of any Single Trip policy can be deferred by up to 90 days.
Reacting to the news in Tunisia, Queen Elizabeth II said the attack has left her and her husband, Prince Philip, shocked.
In a statement, the monarch said: “We send our sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed and our deepest sympathy to the people who are still fighting for their lives in hospital, and those who have been seriously injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with those of all countries who have been affected by this terrible event.”
If you are due to travel to Tunisia or are currently in the country and would like to speak to a member of our staff for advice, please call 01604 210845.