Is your holiday destination safe? FCO issues advice for holidaymakers

The Investigation Continues Into The Terrorist Attack On A Tunisian Beach

Countries including France, Spain, Turkey an Egypt are rated high for the threat of terrorism, the Foreign Office has advised.

Following the attack on tourists on a beach in Tunisia, the Foreign Office has warned travellers of a "high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping" in the country.

The FCO says: "Further terrorist attacks are likely, including in tourist resorts, and by individuals who are unknown to the authorities, and whose actions are inspired by terrorist groups via social media.

"Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator."

For Spain, the Foreign Office also advises of a "high threat" and adds: "Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities."

Australia, the UK, Lebanon and Indonesia are rated by the FCO as having a "high" or "severe threat" of terrorism.

Places under a "general threat" include Italy, Greece, Germany, Morocco and the USA.

The only country with a 'low' threat is Switzerland.

To minimise a threat from terrorism, the FCO gives the following advice:

- watch and read news about the country and region

- be vigilant in public areas and places that attract foreigners and westerners like embassies, hotels, restaurants, bars and businesses

- look out for anything suspicious, and if you see anything report it to the local police immediately – many terrorist attacks are foiled by the vigilance of ordinary people

- be clear about any routes you use and have a plan of action to follow in the event of an incident

- keep your mobile phone charged and with you, with emergency numbers programmed in

- inform colleagues, neighbours or hotel staff about where you're going and when you intend to return.



The following European countries are considered 'high risk':

Spain

France

Egypt

Tunisia

Turkey

The following countries are considered to have a 'general' risk

Germany

Italy

Greece

Cyprus

The following countries are considered to have an 'underlying' risk

Portugal

Austria

Croatia

Bulgaria

The only country deemed 'low' risk is Switzerland.


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