Travel warnings maintained on Sri Lanka

Travel warnings issued by several countries on Sri Lanka are being maintained despite the Government saying it is now safe for tourists.

Consequent to the recent downturn in arrivals following the Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka Tourism has planned a series of short term promotional programmes to attract tourists from short haul markets.

These promotional programmes are being carried out on the strength of security assurances given by the defence authorities that all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of tourists, Sri Lanka Tourism said.

However several countries, including the US, UK and Australia today maintained their travel warning on Sri Lanka with some countries updating it to include the violence targeting Muslims.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019.

FCO also noted that there were outbreaks of violence across parts of the North Western Province on 13 May, and an island-wide night-time curfew was imposed.

Australia has warned Australians to reconsider the need to travel to Sri Lanka saying terrorists are likely to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka and that attacks could be indiscriminate.

The US and India have also maintained their travel warnings on Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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