TUNISIA has long been an affordable holiday destination for Brit sun seekers – but terror attacks in recent years have made it increasingly dangerous to travel to the country.
But after the Foreign Office lifted its travel restrictions in 2017, package holiday firm Thomas Cook resumed flights to Tunisia in February 2018.
The FCO no longer advises against travel to Tunisia, except for some areas
Is it safe to travel to Tunisia?
After almost two years of advising against all but essential travel to Tunisia, the Foreign Office lifted its restrictions against visiting the African nation.
Flights to resorts in the north African country had been banned since 30 Brits were killed during an attack by an Islamic State extremist in Port El Kantaoui, just north of Sousse, in 2015.
This came after a Briton was among 21 killed in a gun attack on the Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis in March 2015.
Tourism operators have been criticised for not warning holidaymakers of the threat at an inquest into the Sousse massacre.
Following these events, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia and warned against going to certain areas all together.
As a result, there were no direct flights between the UK and Monastir or Enfidah airports, although there were still Tunis Air flights from Tunis Carthage to London.
However, the Foreign Office has reviewed the restrictions and decided that Tunisian security has improved enough for them to only advise against travel to certain areas.
These include the Chaambi Mountains National Park and the designated military operations zones of Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma and Mount Mghila, the militarised zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba, and within 20km of the rest of the Libya border area north of Dhehiba.
The town of Ben Guerdane and immediate surrounding area are also no-go areas.
The FCO also advise against all but essential travel to areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine, Zarzis, within 30km of the border with Algeria south of, and including, the town of Jendouba – including the archaeological sites of Bulla Regia and Chemtou – and the governorate of Kasserine, including the town of Sbeitla.
Even when visiting those areas that do not carry an FCO warning, tourists are advised to seek travel advice before travelling.
Getty Images Despite the stunning surroundings tourists had been put off travelling to the country
What has the UK Government said?
A report by the Foreign Office announcing the lifting of restrictions reads: “The Tunisian authorities have improved security in tourist resorts and their ability to respond to a terrorist incident.
“Tunisian security forces have also improved and are better prepared to tackle terrorist threats than they were at the time of the 2015 attacks.”
The FCO does, however, warn that the risk of a terrorist attack is still high.
It says: “Further attacks remain likely, including in places visited by foreigners such as tourist resorts.
“Attacks may be carried out by individuals unknown to the authorities, whose actions may be inspired by terrorist groups.”
Has Thomas Cook resumed flights to Tunisia?
In February 2018, Thomas Cook resumed flights to Tunisia – with the first package holiday available to British customers flying from Birmingham to Enfidha.
The travel company is starting small – sending customers to eight hotels near Hammamet, with three flights a week from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester.
From May onwards, they are boosting their flights to seven a week.
The company relaunched its Tunisian holidays last August – less than a month after the Foreign Office lifted its restrictions against travel to the country.
Thomas Cook’s chief executive Peter Fankhauser said it had done everything it could in terms of security.
He told the BBC: “It would be foolish of me to say that any destination is 100 percent safe but what I can say is that we have taken time to make the decision to prepare our programme.”
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New Qatar Airways Plane Designed To Reduce Jet Lag Launches In The Uk This Weekend
AS a rule, Economy cabins tend to get less comfy on planes while First and Business Class increase the luxury.
But Qatar Airways is bucking the trend this year – by improving life for Economy passengers as well as the VIPs.
Big changes to the A350-1000 aircraft could make a massive difference to what it feels like to take a long-haul flight
The airline has added Airbus’s first A350-1000 aircraft to its fleet – with the first flights from London to Doha taking off this Saturday.
Some big changes to the plane could make a massive difference to what it feels like to take a long-haul flight.
While First and Business Class have had a huge upgrade, Economy has had a hi-tech overhaul too.
Inside the cabin there will be 16-million-LED ambient lighting that minimises the effects of jetlag by allowing passengers to feel awake and sleepy at the correct times.
Airbus The airline has added Airbus’s first A350-1000 aircraft to its fleet
According to Forbes, the new plane will have better cabin pressure and humidity, so travellers suffer less from dehydration during a flight.
There will also be improved cabin temperature zones – allowing smaller area of the planes to be regulated individually.
Cabin temperature zones have traditionally been hard to regulate from when end of the plane to the other – which is why the front can appear freezing cold while the back is comfortably warm.
It’s good news for those who always get sick after a plane journey too – the new A350-1000 aircraft will have hospital grade air filters to clear out the germs in the air.
Airbus In the Business Class cabins, customers in adjoining seats can create their own double bed
The planes will also have the largest overhead bins of any aircraft for maximum storage.
While this is less important for passengers taking long-haul flights – who are unlikely to be flying with just hand luggage, it will make the boarding process much smoother.
Obviously the best changes of all have been reserved for those who turn left when they board a plane though.
Video reveals what you get as Qatar Airways becomes first airline to o
Airbus Up to four passengers travelling together are also able to transform their seats to form a private area
The world’s first double beds in business class will take the passenger experience “to a new level” on flights from London to Doha, an airline has claimed.
In the cabins, customers in adjoining seats can create their own double bed by removing privacy panels.
The “Qsuites” are available to Business Class passengers on the daily Boeing 777 service from London Heathrow to Doha from this weekend.
This Couple Have A Genius Solution To Swerve The Two-bag Cabin Luggage Rules – And They Haven’t Been Caught Yet
NO MATTER what incredible bargain you scored on your flight prices, the tricky issue of luggage often gets travellers unstuck — and paying through the nose.
Most airlines allow passengers to bring only one carry-on bag and one personal item on board, meaning anything else has to be checked in, and often at high expense.
Wool and Oak A couple reckon they’ve designed the perfect hand luggage solution: two bags of luggage that masquerade as one
And of course, many airlines are strict on the size and type of the bag you try to pass off as carry-on. So you’re pretty much left with two undesirable options: pack less stuff, or pay to check the rest in.
A couple reckon they’ve designed the perfect solution: two bags of luggage that masquerade as one.
Johnathan Webster and Gizem Mut-Webster are the husband-and-wife team behind Wool & Oak, a company that is becoming famous for its newest launch: a clever two-part duffel bag designed to get around airlines’ strict bag policies.
Wool and Oak The bag looks like a single backpack, which you can carry around like any other
The bag looks like a single backpack, which you can carry around like any other.
But once you’re on the plane, the bag unzips to create two separate parts: a slimmer backpack and a larger bag. There are a couple of Wool & Oak bags the backpack can be zipped onto, turning them into one.
And with that, boom — you’ve just skipped around the airline’s strict one carry-on policy, and snuck two bags on.
Well, they were technically one bag when you boarded.
Wool and Oak But once you’re on the plane, the bag unzips to create two separate parts
Johnathan Webster told Business Insider: “I haven’t been caught yet.”
He said he’s managed to store as much as two weeks’ worth of luggage in the two-in-one duffel bag, and reckons it’s saved him hundreds of dollars in check-in fees.
The couple’s company Wool & Oak, which launched through Kickstarter, makes a whole range of stylish travel bags.
Swedish Airport Hostel In Stockholm Allows Travellers To Sleep Inside An Old Jumbo Jet
PASSENGERS at this airport hotel in Stockholm can get some kip on a plane before they’ve even checked in.
The Jumbo Stay Hostel is built into an old Boeing 747-212B plane – right next to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Rex Features The Jumbo Stay Hostel is built into an old Boeing 747-212B plane
Zuma The cockpit suite is by far the most exciting of the rooms, with a bed right in front of the old control dashboard
Rex Features There are also quirky round “engine rooms”, which have been built into the space where the jet engines were
They have three different types of rooms to accommodate one to three adults, as well as a four-bed dormitory option.
All together, the hostel offers 76 beds – with the most luxurious found in the cockpit – providing views of the landing strip.
All rooms have access to private and shared showers and toilets in the corridor, apart from the Cockpit suite, the Black Box suite and one single room which boast their own shower and WC.
The cockpit suite is by far the most exciting of the rooms, with a bed right in front of the old control dashboard.
Booking.com There is a cafe inside the plane that serves breakfast, coffee, cookies, ice cream, sandwiches and hot meals
Alamy There is also a conference room that can sit up to 20 people
There are also quirky round “engine rooms”, which have been built into the space where the jet engines were under the wings – that come with their own outside entrance, and a black box suite that is built into the back of the plane.
Prices range from 450 Swedish Krona (£40) for a bed in a four-bed dorm to 1895 Swedish Krona (£168) for the Black Box suite.
There is also a cafe inside the plane that serves breakfast, coffee, cookies, ice cream, sandwiches and hot meals.
Visitors can also head out onto an observation desk on top of one of the plane’s wings.
Rex Features The plane was originally built for Singapore Airlines and later served with the legendary Pan Am
Booking.com Visitors can also head out onto an observation desk on top of one of the plane’s wings
Jumbo Stay is only five minutes away from the check-in counters at Arlanda – and guests can take a free shuttle bus.
Hostel owner Oscar Diös said: “I was getting ready to expand my hostel business in 2006 when I heard about an old wreck of an aircraft for sale at Arlanda.
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