UK advises Britons in Sri Lanka to return as Coronavirus trigger airport closures
ECONOMYNEXT – United Kingdom has asked Britons in Sri Lanka and elsewhere to return in an “exceptional travel advisory” note, while the home country is also in a worsening Coronavirus crisis.
“Flights to Sri Lanka have been suspended since 19 March. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, you are strongly advised to leave now, while commercial means are available,” the UK foreign office said in a warning to Britons.
“Speak to your airline or tour company as soon as possible, as it is likely that flight options will become more restricted in the coming days.
“Airlines operating via the United Arab Emirates, including Emirates Airlines and Etihad, have suspended flights out of Colombo indefinitely.
“Some airlines are changing flight schedules with little prior notice. You should keep in close contact with your airline or travel agent.
“The British High Commission in Sri Lanka is issuing regular updates on Twitter with the latest available information for British nationals wishing to leave Sri Lanka. Your hotel or travel agency should be able to help book transport to the airport. The government has established a helpline for tourists (1912) who are facing problems booking taxis to the airport for departure.
“The government has confirmed that airport tickets can be used as a curfew pass to travel to the airport.”
Unlike many countries Sri Lanka is keeping the main airport open for outbound passengers at least until March 31, when the decision will be reviewed.
SriLankan Airlines is still flying to London. Oman Air and Qatar is also flying to Colombo. (Colombo/Mar26/2020)