Ireland, Denmark advise nationals to avoid Tunisia
On Friday, the governments of Denmark and Ireland advised their nationals in Tunisia to leave the country unless they had "essential" reasons for being there, one day after Britain issued a similar warning.
Ireland on Friday warned its citizens to steer clear of Tunisia as it updated its travel advice two weeks after three Irish nationals died in the Sousse beach massacre in which 38 people were killed.
"We took the decision to upgrade our travel advice on Tunisia to advise against all non-essential travel," said Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan in a statement. "This is the second-highest warning category on our five-point scale for travel advice."
The move takes into account the British decision on Thursday to advise its nationals to leave Tunisia after the June 26 attack in which 23-year-old student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on tourists.
Sunway Holidays, which operated the only direct flight from Ireland to Tunisia, suspended the route on July 3. "We've suspended our flights to Tunisia so we're not flying there at the moment until the situation clarifies itself," said Tanya Airey, managing director of Sunway Holidays. "Our last customers came back from Tunisia on the third of July."
Flanagan urged any Irish tourists in Tunisia to make arrangements to leave, noting that his department estimates there are 50 Irish citizens still in the country. "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 said.
Finland's Foreign Ministry said Friday "there's a possibility of terror acts" in Tunisia but stopped short of specifically advising travellers not to go. However, it added that Tunisian "authorities are not capable of sufficiently guaranteeing security at the tourist resorts."
The Danish Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, instructed its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Tunisia, saying there is "a high terror risk." The ministry on Friday didn't elaborate but Danes traditionally follow Britain when it comes to travel advisories. The Ministry wrote on its website, "if you are in Tunisia and do not have essential reasons for being there, you are advised to leave."