An evacuation programme is in effect to bring home thousands of British tourist from The Gambia amid political unrest.
The move comes after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revised its advice on travel to the country this week to ‘all but essential travel’.
This decision has been made over mounting political unrest which started on 1st December when a new President was elected.
This week, w/c 16th January, the Presidential handover will begin, brining turmoil to the country and a growing threat of military action.
The Gambia has become an increasingly popular winter sun destination for British tourists, and as a result many thousand UK citizens are currently holidaying in the country.
ABTA has issued advice to all holiday makers in the country to contact their tour operator and/or airline immediately to arrange repatriation flights back to the UK.
Thomas Cook will be laying on additional flights to bring back 985 of its holiday customers, as well as a further 2,500 flight only customers.
Thomas Cook issued a statement, saying, “We are dispatching a special assistance team with our first flight from the UK to provide additional support at Banjul airport for our customers. Our colleagues on the ground in Gambia will proactively contact all customers on holiday with us as soon as possible to prepare for return to the UK.”
Whilst The Gambia Experience tour operators issued a statement, saying, “Whilst the current situation in The Gambia remains calm we will be working with the FCO and airline partners to offer pre-emptive repatriation flights back to the UK.”