FCO has issued a travel warning for Britons heading to Italian Christmas markets

CHRISTMAS markets are a pinnacle of the festive season for many people. Unfortunately, in recent years they have also become the target of fatal terror attacks. What is the government’s advice for travellers heading to Italian markets?

PUBLISHED: 21:45, Tue, Dec 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 22:19, Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Christmas is only a matter of weeks away, with ABTA estimating that between four and seven million travellers will be jetting off on holidays during the Christmas and New Year period. A huge chunk of those trips will be to annual festive markets, favoured by European capitals. 

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While these markets boast seasonal fun, unfortunately in recent years they have also become the target for deadly terror attacks. However, that doesn’t mean travellers can’t enjoy themselves.

In order to keep holidaymakers safe and ensure they have a good time celebrating, the FCO issue travel warnings to visitors.

will be home to a number of festive markets including spectacles in , Milan, Bolzano and Florence.

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What is the most recent advice from the FCO?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel warnings to coincide with the busy Christmas market period.

Officials have issued similar statements for all European countries where Christmas markets are popular.

According to the FCO: “There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds.

“You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

“Terrorist attacks in can’t be ruled out.”

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