Tour operators ready to return to Tunisia

Ruth Doherty

The Foreign Office has relaxed its advice against 'all but essential travel' to the North African country of Tunisia.

Two of Britain's largest holiday companies, Tui Travel and Thomas Cook, have confirmed their flights to Tunisia will resume on 2 March.

Tunisian specialists Just Sunshine and Tunisia First, are getting ready to send Britons out there as early as next week.

The Foreign Office issued a warning against travelling to the country when violent political demonstrations left more than 200 people dead.

But the Tunisian National Tourist office says the country is ready for sun-seekers to return.

A spokesperson said: 'The situation has calmed down, and we are pleased to see that the Foreign Office has changed its advice.'

However, it says there is still a risk of demonstrations occurring, and warns tourists to 'avoid any such gatherings'.

A nightly curfew, from midnight until 4am, remains in place in the capital, Tunis.

Speaking in the Daily Telegraph, Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Thomas Cook Group CEO, said: 'Tunisia is getting back to normal and following the change in advice from the FCO, we're hoping to get our full programme up and running by the beginning of March. Once the current curfew is lifted, this will be the trigger for foreign offices across Europe to change their advice.'

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