British and Dutch tourists back from The Gambia after evacuation
British and Dutch tourists returned from the Gambia after they were evacuated because of the troubles in that country.
Thomas cook will run 16 flights in total to collect 3500 British travellers. Dutch travel companies TUI and Corendon also send flights to get Dutch tourists home safe and sound. The last two planes landed this morning in Amsterdam.
What happened in The Gambia?
The tourists were evacuated after security concerns over the worsening political situation in the country. President Yahya Jammeh, who was governing the country for more than 22 years was defeated by Adama Brown in an election on December 1. Jammeh refused to accept the election and refuses to step down. He declared a 90-day state of emergency, which could lead to a high risk of military intervention according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Latest update: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs advise against all travel to the city of Banjul, and against all but essential travel to the rest of The Gambia, due to the deteriorating political situation and potential military intervention following the Presidential elections on 1 December. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/gambia