Foreign Office Advises Travellers Not to Visit Sri Lanka After Bombings

Apr 25, 2019

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The Foreign Office is officially warning UK travellers against visiting Sri Lanka, following the grisly bombings that occurred in the nation’s capital city Colombo on Easter Sunday.

“The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019,” the alert, which was issued on Thursday, said. “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”

More than 300 people died in the bombings, at least eight of whom were Britons.

A state of emergency has been enacted across the island nation since the attacks, and a nightly curfew is also in place. The FCO’s warning notes that security operations are ongoing, including the controlled detonation of suspicious packages and cars thought to be filled with explosives, as well as the evacuations of buildings.

“The extent of any continued threat following the 21 April attacks remains unclear,” the bulletin states. The FCO advises UK citizens in Sri Lanka to remain vigilant, keep a low profile and avoid crowded public places.

Travellers scheduled to leave Sri Lanka should also be aware that many airlines have advised passengers departing from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) should arrive at least four hours before their flight departure time due to heightened security.

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