British High Commissioner advises Britons in Sri Lanka to leave over Coronavirus
ECONOMYNEXT – The British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka has advised all British nationals in the country to go back while flights are available.
“Serious outbreaks of coronavirus are placing significant strain on health services globally,” High Commissioner Sarah Hulton said in a statement.
“In the event of a serious outbreak in Sri Lanka, consular services and flights out of the country could be seriously affected.
“We cannot guarantee what flight options might be available if people choose to leave at a later date.”
Some British passport holders are Sri Lankans visiting families. She had said the UK Government’s advice is that all British nationals who normally live in the UK should return to the UK now.
At the moment Qatar Airways is operating outbound flights to Doha, from where connections are available to a number destinations including London.
The UK had earlier issued ‘exceptional’ travel advice asking citizens in Sri Lanka and elsewhere to return home. (Colombo/Apr10/2020-sb)