Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Holidays 2018: Are they safe? Government advice for terrorist-hit tourist destinations | Travel News | Travel

Holidays have resumed to Tunisia following the decision by Thomas Cook to reintroduce flights to the region.

Travel companies stopped all flights and packages to the region following the terrorist attack in Sousse in 2015, which killed 30 British tourists.

Whilst the government has since lifted the ban on travelling to the region, they have still issued a warning for tourists that an attack is likely.

What is the official travel advice from the government regarding the safety of popular holiday tourist spots for Britons?


The attack in 2015 on a beach in Sousse killed 38 people, 30 of which were British, leading to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to advise against all travel to the region.

This has since been lifted, with a few regions still advised against travelling mainly near the border with Libya.

Tourist destinations such as Hammamet, Sousse and Tunis are all now available to travel.

FCO confirm that whilst “the Tunisian government has improved protective security in major cities and tourist resorts,” the warning still stands of being “vigilant at all times”.


An attack in November 2017 killed over 300 people after an attack on a mosque in North Sinai, as well as two foreign tourists killed after a knife attack in July 2017.

FCO warns that terrorists are “very likely” to carry out attacks in the city, mainly from Daesh-Sinai extremists.

Popular holiday destinations such as Cairo and Sharm el Sheikh currently hold no travel bans from the FCO.


A number of attacks in recent years, including the 2017 Istanbul nightclub shooting which claimed the lives of 39 people has meant that tourism has fallen from 40 million a year in 2014 to just 25 million in 2017.

Once a popular spot for Britons, the FCO warns that an attack is “very likely” yet most visits by Britons are “trouble free”.

Travel advice is for tourists to “vigilant at all times” yet holiday spots such as Istanbul and Ankara are still deemed safe for travel.


The 2017 Barcelona attack left 13 people dead and over 130 people injured.

Spain is the most popular holiday destination for British tourists, with over 18 million visiting in 2016.

The FCO warns that terrorists are “very likely” to carry out attacks, yet other warnings include street crime or deaths from balcony falls, with no parts of the country currently off limits for British travellers.


France has suffered heavily from terrorist attacks in recent years, with the most deadly being the November 2015 Paris attacks which killed 130 people.

FCO warn that terrorists are “very likely” to carry out attacks, due to the threats to the country by Islamist terrorist groups.

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