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Tour operators can resume selling holidays in Tunisia after travel advice change

Flowers are laid at the scene of the Sousse beach attack in June 2015. Credit: AP

UK tour operators can resume selling holidays in Tunisia for the first time since the Sousse massacre after the government changed its travel advice.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential visits to the country since the beach attack on 26 June 2015 in which 30 Britons were killed.

But the FCO announced on Wednesday that it has withdrawn the advice for the capital Tunis and major tourist resorts.

The UK continues to advise against "all travel" and "all but essential travel" to some areas of the country, including those nearer the Libyan border and warns there remains "real risks for British nationals".

30 Britons were killed in the attack in Tunisia on 26 June 2015. Credit: ITV News

The FCO said it has kept its assessment of the risks of British nationals travelling to Tunisia "under constant review" since the Sousse attack.

Having "carefully reviewed conditions" in the country - including the threat from terrorism and improvements in the Tunisian security forces - the Government decided its travel advice should change.

Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt said: "Our travel advice aims to help people make their own informed decisions about foreign travel. Advice for Tunisia and for every country is regularly reviewed.

A tourist pays tribute at the scene of the massacre in Tunisia. Credit: PA

"This update reflects our latest assessment that the risk to British nationals in Tunisia has changed.

"This is in part due to the security improvements that the Tunisian authorities and tourist industry have made since the tragic terrorist attacks in 2015, with support from the UK and international partners.

"Whilst we are changing advice against all but essential travel in most of Tunisia, there remain real risks for British nationals and I recommend people read our travel advice before planning their travel."