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Governments warn of Sri Lanka travel risks

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Sri Lanka has suspended a free visa-on-arrival (VoA) scheme that was to roll out on May 1.
Sri Lanka has suspended a free visa-on-arrival (VoA) scheme that was to roll out on May 1. Photo Credit: azamotkin/GettyImages

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka due to the “evolving security situation in the country” following the Easter Sunday terror attacks which left 253 people dead (revised down by the Sri Lankan government from 350).

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector and the country’s wider economy are facing a grim outlook as governments line-up to warn their citizens to avoid travel to the country.

The UK Foreign Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka due to the “evolving security situation in the country” following the Easter Sunday terror attacks which left 253 people dead (revised down by the Sri Lankan government from 350).

The UK Foreign Office said those already in Sri Lanka should: “remain vigilant, keep up to date with development, keep a low profile and avoid crowded public places, large gatherings and demonstrations. Avoid travelling during periods of curfew and keep in touch with family and friends.”

According to Australia’s Smart Traveller website, terrorists may carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Security has been stepped up across the island. A State of Emergency and night-time curfew remain in place,” the warning reads.

Operators with programmes in Sri Lanka have cancelled bookings and started re-booking customers to alternative destinations. 

In light of the attacks, Sri Lanka has suspended a free visa-on-arrival (VoA) scheme that was to roll out on May 1. 

Sri Lanka Tourism has confirmed a security briefing was held on April 22 for hotel owners and operators on the new safety measures that are being rolled out and to seek their cooperation in strengthening security at hotels and resorts.

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