India relaxes travel advisory to Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT  – India, the top source of tourists to Sri Lanka, has relaxed a travel advisory asking citizens to be cautious when travelling to the island but is no longer asking Indian to halt non-essential travel with bans on social media and curfews ending.

"Security situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normal with the lifting of curfew & restrictions on social media and the opening of schools," India’s foreign ministry said.

"Indian nationals travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to be careful and vigilant."

On April 27, India asked nationals not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka. Britain, the US and other countries had also warned against non-essential travel and had evacuated women and children.

Switzerland this week also said its nationals may travel to Sri Lanka, but warned against possible anti-Muslim riots, with tensions worsened after Islamist Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 250 persons.

Switzerland said riots can erupt anywhere and spread to other regions without warning and at least one person had died in May. In 2018 Buddhist after violence by Buddhist radical groups several persons had died.

Citizens were warned that emergency law was in place and anyone may be arrested without a warrant.

Women were also warned against rape and harassment in public transport. All were warned against disrespect to Buddhism, saying wearing tattoes and taking pictures of statues may lead to arrest. (Colombo/May28/2019)

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