UK in travel advisory warning on SL

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The UK has issued a new travel advisory on Sri Lanka, saying the island’s economic situation is deteriorating with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, fuel and food.

Sri Lanka was presently experiencing shortages in basic necessities because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports, it said.

“There may be long queues at grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Local authorities may impose the rationing of electricity, resulting in power outages,” the travel advisory said.

The advisory also warns UK travelers against the spread of the dengue virus and due to a prevalence of COVID-19 cases, there could be changes to flights and airport operations at short notice.

Lockdowns could be imposed in affected areas, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice in the country, it adds.