Saga Holidays said it had made some changes to the tour itinerary for its “Ethiopia: An Antique Land” escorted tours in September. 

By Jessica Gorst-Williams (The Telegraph) |

Earlier this year, when all was calm in the country, I booked a Saga holiday to Ethiopia costing £3,000. 

On October 9, a state of emergency was declared. Now most of the tourist sites we intended to visit are off-limits. Yet Saga still intends to send us to the country. I am told I will not be able to claim on insurance if I chose not to go.

With Saga Holidays not cancelling and you uneasy about going, the prospect was worrying.

You were particularly anxious as another travel company, which had been going to the same places, had apparently already cancelled its holidays there.

Saga Holidays said it had made some changes to the tour itinerary for its “Ethiopia: An Antique Land” escorted tours in September.

When you contacted the travel company in mid-October about your holiday, which was due to start on November 2, it said it had adapted the itinerary in response to the Foreign Office advice at the time.

Disinclination to travel when the area is still open for visitors is not something that insurers will usually cover.

Equally, if you deliberately went to any place against Foreign Office advice, insurance would be unlikely to step in for any mishap while you were there. You would need to seek redress from the tour operator if a holiday were cancelled or substantially changed in adherence to Foreign Office guidelines.

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