The UK Foreign Office has released a revised list of countries that Britons are advised not to visit. The list mostly names parts of countries including the North Sinai region of Egypt which was the scene of a deadly aeroplane crash on 31 October.
As well as this part of the Sinai Desert, other no-go destinations include parts of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Azerbaijan. Syria and Tunisia are among the 18 countries that holidaying Britons are advised to avoid altogether.
The UK says that although Islamic State (IS) terrorism attacks are the reason a fair proportion of the countries feature on the list, this is not the only reason. Some nations are deemed dangerous due to civil unrest or ongoing actions by anti-government rebels.
The Foreign Office says that all Britons in Syria should get out by any means possible as it cannot provide diplomatic or consular services for them. It also says Tunisia is still off limits as there is a real risk of more terrorist outrages there.
A total of 59 foreign tourists have died in Tunisia this year in two terror attacks. More than half were UK nationals. The first attack took place at Tunis’s Bardo National Museum in March and the second at a Sousse beach three months later.
The disaster which triggered the latest revision of the Foreign Office’s travel advisories claimed the lives of the 224 people on board Flight 7K9268. The UK claims the Russian Metrojet airliner crashed due to a bomb placed on it.