The Foreign Office has set up the emergency number 020 7008 0000 for families worried about holidaymakers caught up in today’s shootings on Sousse Beach in Tunisia.
Travel Association ABTA has also issued the following statement: “ABTA estimates that there are approximately 20,000 customers currently on holiday with ABTA Members in Tunisia but there will also be a number of holidaymakers who have travelled independently.
“The situation is still developing and we are liaising with our Members, the Tunisian authorities and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the welfare of holidaymakers in Tunisia and the most appropriate actions to take.
“Holidaymakers in resort are advised to contact their tour operator and follow any instructions issued by local authorities. Those due to travel today and tomorrow should also contact their tour operator or airline. Those travelling at a later date are strongly advised to wait for further updates as phone lines are likely to be busy.
“Last year 424,000 British tourists visited Tunisia.”
The Foreign Office issued the following statement: “Some attackers may still be at large. Any British nationals in these hotels or nearby should remain indoors, and contact their tour operator and the Foreign Office on the hotline number below. For security reasons they should not advertise their location on social media or when speaking to journalists.”