The U.S. Department of State recently updated a travel warning for Tunisia, warning all travelers against the risk of travel to the region. Episodes of violence and civil unrest are common in the area, making for an unpredictable safety situation. One of the only benefits in travel insurance that might help travelers who do not want to travel in Tunisia is cancel for any reason coverage.
In most travel insurance plans, civil and political unrest and war are not covered by standard trip cancellation. This means travelers would be unable to cancel their trips for one of those reasons. However, cancel for any reason coverage allows travelers the option to not go on a trip without needing to provide a reason why. This travel insurance benefit may be useful for those traveling to areas with uncertain safety situations.
The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia was on an ordered departure status until recently. While the ordered departure status has been lifted, the Embassy’s ability to help travelers in need is still extremely limited. U.S. citizens should be aware of their surroundings at all times, and should monitor local news for the most up-to-date information.
Up-to-date information can also be obtained by signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State or by visiting the Department of State website here.