In light of the current political situation in The Gambia, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has changed its level of advice to The Gambia and now advises against all but essential travel.

ABTA estimates there are around 2,000 people currently on holiday with its members in The Gambia; additionally there will be people who have travelled there independently either for a holiday or to visit friends and family.

Package holidaymakers in The Gambia are advised by the association to contact their tour operator to confirm arrangements for returning home. Those who have travelled independently will need to contact their airline to discuss their options. Tour operators will not send out any further package holidaymakers to the Gambia while the FCO advice remains in place.

The association highlights that independent travellers should be aware that travelling to The Gambia at this time will invalidate their UK travel insurance policies.

Insurance policies will still provide cover for travellers already in a country at the time of a Foreign Office advice change.

It is recommended that package holidaymakers due to travel imminently to The Gambia should contact their tour operator to discuss the options of changing their date of travel, receiving a full refund or booking an alternative holiday.

Independent travellers should talk to their airlines and accommodation providers, although there is no obligation on either to offer the same options as a tour operator.

It is reported that the political situation is still fluid and that the FCO travel advice will reflect this. Travel companies will continue to monitor the situation and allow cancellations and rebooking for travel dates while the advice against all but essential travel remains in place.

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