Travel advisories issued on Sri Lanka following violence

Travel advisories have been issued on Sri Lanka following the violence in Kandy and the declaration of a state of emergency.

The US, UK and Australia are among the countries which have issued travel advisories on Sri Lanka.

The US State Department had tweeted saying the Sri Lankan government declared a state of emergency and curfews have been imposed in some regions, including in the Kandy Administrative District, due to communal unrest.

“Further incidents possible over the next few days. Monitor local media for updates,” the US State Department had tweeted.

The British Foreign Office said that on 6 March 2018 the Sri Lankan Government announced a nationwide state of emergency in response to recent incidents of inter-communal violence in Ampara and Kandy.

“The state of emergency may include curfews in specific locations across the country. You should exercise caution, avoid protests and rallies, and comply with local security requirements,” the British Foreign Office said.

Meanwhile, the Australian Foreign Ministry said that the Sri Lankan Government declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days due to incidents of communal unrest.

“Avoid protests and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent. Monitor local media and follow instructions issued by local authorities. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Sri Lanka,” the Australian Foreign Ministry said. (Colombo Gazette)