India advises against travel to Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – India, the largest source market for tourists to Sri Lanka, has advised against non-essential travel to the island after Easter Sunday’s multiple suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed over 250 people, including 11 Indian citizens.
“In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of terror attacks on 21 April 2019, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said.
The travel advisory advised those undertaking essential or emergency travels to contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy or Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna for any assistance.
In 2018, Indians accounted for 424,887 out of the 2.3 million tourists who visited Sri Lanka, the biggest market,, far head of the next biggest, China and the U.K.
Indian officials have said they are concerned about the possibility of more terror attacks in Sri Lanka, as well as the links of the bombers to groups in South India, particularly Tamil Nadu.
The Indian travel advisory followed those from the U.S., U.K. Australia, and European nations.
(COLOMBO, April 29, 2019-SB)