In Brief, a roundup of the latest national and international travel news

Travel and zika virus

With the increase in the number of confirmed cases of   zika virus, some tour operators are permitting pregnant women to alter holiday bookings .Although hundreds of thousands of people have been infected with the virus, it is the potential to get infected whilst pregnant that is cause for most concern as it has been linked to brain defects in new-born babies, and cases have been reported in the Caribbean a popular destination for British holiday makers. Public Health England are urging pregnant women to avoid affected areas, Thomas Cook have agreed that pregnant women can change destinations until April 30, and Thomson are waiving its amendment fee for pregnant women who do not wish to travel to Mexico, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Columbia or Martinique.

 

 

 

 

Latest information on Tunisia

The Foreign and Common wealth office continues to advise all but essential travel to Tunisia following the attack in Sousse last June. Both Thomas Cook and Thomson have cancelled all holidays to Tunisia, and are offering free refunds.