Travel association ABTA has issued travel advice following the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
It reads: “Following the earthquake in Nepal, the Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to the whole country.
“Travellers who are due to travel to Nepal imminently should contact their holiday company to make alternative arrangements. Customers booked on package trips with ABTA tour operators will be given three options; to defer their date of travel, transfer to another destination if available, or have a full refund.
“Customers who have booked independent arrangements who are unable to travel, should contact their insurance company to see if any resulting cancellation charges are covered, this may or may not be the case depending on the relevant insurance policy.
“Travellers currently in Nepal are advised to monitor local news and media reports and to follow any advice and instructions issued by the authorities and by the Foreign Office. ABTA is working closely with its Members and with the Foreign Office to ensure the safety of any customers and staff affected.”
Charities are appealing for donations to help quake victims, including Oxfam.
Facebook is also asking for donations and is giving $2 million to match them.