Four countries issue travel advisories on SL

Thursday, 1 November 2018 01:35 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

By Nuwan Senarathna

In response to recent political changes,the US, UK, Canada and Australia have issued travel advisories causing concern for Sri Lanka’s peak tourist period.  The US and UK had issued travel advisories to their citizens when traveling to Sri Lanka,with Australia and Canada joiningthe two countries.

“The President of Sri Lanka moved to dismiss the Prime Minister, which may lead to a period of political instability. Demonstrations could occur. Exercise vigilance and avoid all demonstrations and large political gatherings. Monitor local media for the latest information,”the Canadian Government’swebsite warned on Tuesday.

During the first nine months of the year, 42,099 Canadians had arrived in the country. A 24.7% growth was recorded in September, comparedto the same period last year. 

Meanwhile, the Australian Government had also issued a travel advisory this week. “There is an increased likelihood of large protests and demonstrations in Sri Lanka due to political instability. Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings as they may turn violent. Monitor local media for updates. The level of our advice has not changed. Exercise normal safety precautions in Sri Lanka.”

From January to September this year,78,756 Australians arrived in the island, becoming fifth highest market. The UK and US Governments had also advised their citizens on demonstrations and protests which may likely be held in Colombo. 

Despite being the largest markets, India and China are yet to issue travel warnings on Sri Lanka over the recent political developments in the country.