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US downgrades travel advisory

The United States yesterday downgraded its travel advisory on Sri Lanka, imposed in the wake of the Easter attacks, from Level 3 to Level 2, advising American citizens travelling to Sri Lanka to exercise “extreme caution”.

According to the US State Department, it lifted the ordered departure status of family members of U.S. government employees under the age of 18 as well as the authorised departure status of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members.

This means the children of US government working in Sri Lanka can return to the island. Following the suicide bombings on 21 April, the US had ordered them to depart Sri Lanka.

“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals and other public areas,” a statement issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US State Department said.

The US Government also advised American citizens on Sri Lankan soil to follow the instructions of local authorities and be aware of their surroundings when travelling to tourist locations and crowded public venues.

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