UK relaxes travel advisory to Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – The United Kingdom has relaxed its travel advisory to Sri Lanka imposed after Easter Sunday attacks and is no longer advising against non-essential travel but is warning of possible further attacks.
"We now assess that the risk to British people in Sri Lanka has reduced enough for us to make this change," the UK High Commission said.
"However, no foreign travel can ever be guaranteed as safe, and our new travel advice reflects our assessment that terrorists are very likely to attempt to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka."
UK is the top European source of tourists and several large international tour operators are also based there.
UK anti-terror experts were also helping Sri Lanka security forces with some aspects of the probe.
"I am glad that we have been able to make this change," Acting High Commissioner Tom Burn said.
"We know how difficult these weeks have been for everyone in Sri Lanka who relies on tourism for a living. Our primary concern will always be safety, and our travel advice continues to warn of the threat of further attacks in Sri Lanka.
"But we hope that the change we have made today will help Sri Lanka’s recovery from the Easter Sunday attacks, and to efforts to build a safe and inclusive future for everyone."
Sri Lankan security forces swiftly arrested most of the top rung of the extremist Islamist group that had carried out the attack, but extreme Sinhalese nationalist generated further unrest by attacking Muslim houses and mosques. (Colombo/June05/2019)