From souks and spices to sun-kissed beaches and historic buildings, Tunisia had it all for holidaymakers – until it morphed from a tourist hotspot into a terrorism target.

We find out if it is safe to go to what was once a popular holiday destination.

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State of emergency

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has just extended its warning against all but essential travel to every part of Tunisia, after the Republic's Government elongated a state of emergency imposed in 2015.

The FCO has repeated its caution that: “The threat from terrorism in Tunisia is high. Further attacks remain highly likely, including against foreigners.”

And despite the introduction of additional security measures by the Tunisian Government, the FCO says the “threat picture” has developed considerably, stressing that it doesn't believe there's adequate protection for British tourists in Tunisia, which borders Libya and Algeria.

The FCO also warn of an increase risk of terrorism against air travel.

"There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. The UK government has implemented additional security measures in several countries, including Tunisia. Direct flights continue to depart to the UK from Tunisia. You should co-operate fully with security officials."

The FCO points out that there are no direct flights between the UK and Monastir or Enfidah airports. "There are Tunis Air flights from Tunis Carthage airport direct to London 6 days a week, and indirect daily departures with European carriers. Contact your airline or travel company directly if you have an enquiry about your travel plans," they add.

However, the FCO warns that if you choose to travel to Tunisia: “You should be vigilant, avoid crowded places and follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities and your travel company, if you have one.”

It also stresses you should take out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling, and check the insurance policy provides adequate cover.

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