Monday 26 September 2016

Do not travel to Tunisia, Irish tourists are warned

Sam Griffin

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

Irish people have been warned not to travel to Tunisia unless it is absolutely necessary
Irish people have been warned not to travel to Tunisia unless it is absolutely necessary

Irish people have been warned not to travel to Tunisia unless it is absolutely necessary, with growing fears there will be further bloodshed in the troubled region.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday updated its warning for Irish tourists from 'exercise extreme caution' to 'avoid non-essential travel.

The warning is the second highest category that can be issued and follows the horrific terrorist attack in the popular holiday resort of Sousse in which 38 people were killed - including three Irish people.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said that the decision to upgrade the warning was made "in light of security concerns" and follows a similar move by the British government who say another attack is "very likely."

"Since the brutal terrorist attack on tourists in Sousse on June 26, where three Irish citizens tragically lost their lives, we have been in ongoing contact with our international partners and relevant agencies to continually assess the security situation in Tunisia," he said.

"We are now encouraging any Irish visitors to Tunisia to review whether their presence in Tunisia is essential and, where it is not, we are advising them to leave by commercial means."

The Government believes that there are now "relatively few" Irish visitors in Tunisia following the decision by travel companies to suspend flights to the country.

The Irish embassy in Spain will also be contacting Irish who are resident in the north African state to advise of the changes.

Irish citizens travelling abroad have also been advised to register their details with the Department of Foreign Affairs' Citizens' Registration site.

Irish Independent

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