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Sri Lanka still on UK travel advisory despite Coronavirus control

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is not on a list of 67 countries that has been removed from a travel advisory issued for its nationals for tourism (non-essential travel) during a Coronavirus pandemic, or inward travel the UK High Commission in Colombo said.

Sri Lanka, along with Vietnam are among a few countries in the world that completely killed the First Wave (epidemic phase) of infected persons that arrived from China and contact traced and also contained the spread of the pandemic triggered by third party nations including the UK.

“The UK has announced a change to its Global Travel Advisory, which advises British nationals against all but essential international travel,” the UK High Commission in Colombo said in a statement.

“From 4 July, the UK will exempt 67 countries from the Global Travel Advisory.

“Sri Lanka has not been exempted from the Global Travel Advisory or border restrictions at this initial stage.”

The UK sad it Ialso making some changes to border control health measures for travellers arriving from some designated counties.

Sri Lanka is planning to allow tourists to come from August, though a final decision has not yet been taken.

“The process for considering changes to Travel Advice takes into account a wide range of factors, including the entry requirements of that country, the availability of transport options and quarantine requirements,” the statement said.

“This first review is part of a gradual and ongoing process of opening up global travel routes and relaxing border restrictions, and will be kept under constant close review to ensure it reflects the latest situation.

“The UK hopes to add other countries to the exemption list as conditions allow.”

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