Irish citizens warned not to travel to Tunisia
The Department of Foreign affairs has warned Irish travellers not to go to Tunisia following a warning that another terror attack in the country is "highly likely".
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said today: "Following consultations and consideration of the security situation in Tunisia, Irish citizens are being advised to avoid non-essential travel to Tunisia in light of increased security concerns.
“This morning, we took the decision to upgrade our travel advice on Tunisia to advise against all non-essential travel. This is the second-highest warning category on our five-point scale for travel advice.
“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.
“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," he continued.
“Following the decision by travel companies to discontinue direct flights from Dublin to Monastir earlier this month, we believe that relatively few Irish visitors are currently in Tunisia.
"Our Embassy in Madrid, which is accredited to Tunisia, will be notifying those Irish citizens who are resident in the country of the changes to the travel advice.
“I urge all Irish citizens travelling abroad to register their details with the Department of Foreign Affairs' Citizens’ Registration site so that we can quickly provide consular assistance to them during an emergency.
“I strongly encourage Irish citizens in Tunisia who are not yet registered with the Department but who plan to remain in Tunisia to register without delay."
"We keep our travel advice under constant review and will continue to monitor the situation in Tunisia very closely.”
The travel advice comes exactly a fortnight after a devastating terrorist attack in the idyllic beach resort of Sousse that left three Irish people - Lorna Carty and Larry and Martina Hayes - and 35 other holiday makers dead.
Yesterday British tour operators Thomson and First Choice decided to repatriate all staff currently working in Tunisia.
Extra flights have been laid on to evacuate up to 3,000 British package holidaymakers and 300 independent travellers believed to be in Tunisia.
For more information visit: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration/