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Tunisia tour operators offer booking changes amid repatriation efforts
Posted on 29/06/2015

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Thousands of Brits have been repatriated from Tunisia over the weekend, prompting many tour operators to offer free changes to bookings rather than cancel their summer programmes.

Tour operators have been working to repatriate UK tourists on holiday in Tunisia after a fatal gun attack on a beach in Sousse left 39 dead. According to the Foreign Office, at least 15 Brits are amongst the dead, though this number looks likely to rise to "at least 30" once all the victims have been identified.

Sousse, Tunisia

Sousse, Tunisia
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Thomas Cook bookings

Thomas Cook UK said it had already brought home around 3,600 tourists who were due to fly back or decided to travel home early over the weekend. The travel agent has announced that those booked to travel with them to Tunisia up to and including July 4 can either cancel or change their holiday plans for free.

Those travelling within the period from July 5 and July 31 will only be able to change their reservations free of charge. These customers can choose to delay their departure date up to and including October 31, or amend their destination if they wish.

Thomson and First Choice bookings

Thomson and First Choice said they had sent 12 extra flights to Tunisia on Sunday to bring back customers at the end of their stay, as well as providing for those who chose to return early. The companies have cancelled all Tunisian holidays for the week commencing June 29 and is offering full refunds to all those affected.

It has also scheduled extra flights to Cape Verde, Rhodes and Gran Canaria in order to cater for those clients who would like to change their destination. Customers booked with the tour operators to leave on or before July 31 can also amend their bookings for free.

Jet2 bookings

Jet2 also said that it had repatriated customers in Enfhida over the weekend. The airline, as well as tour operator Jet2 Holidays, is cancelling its Tunisian flights and holidays up to and including July 5. Jet2 airline customers will be offered a full refund, whilst Jet2 Holidays customers can choose to take a full refund or change their booking free of charge.

easyJet bookings

easyJet has also announced that customers booked to fly to Monastir over the next 14 days have the option to transfer to different flights free of charge. The low-cost airline has also offered to exchange these flights for travel vouchers to the value of the unused flight, if customers would prefer not to travel.

Tunisia travel advice

On its website, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned that other attacks may be possible, urging British citizens to remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities and of their tour operators.

It has not changed its travel advice to warn against "all but essential travel" to the affected destinations in Tunisia