Foreign minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has pointed to “inaccuracies” contained in the UK travel advisory on Sri Lanka in its successive revisions, resulting in the projection of “a negative image” of the country.
He has conveyed this to UK authorities at a high level on 15 March, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
“In this regard, the foreign minister has observed that the reference in the travel advisory to the likelihood of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and their indiscriminate nature, is contrary to the ground reality, when the country remains vibrant, secure and peaceful, welcoming visitors from all over the world,” said the statement.
“The minister cautioned that such inaccuracies in the travel advisory could exacerbate the prevailing economic vulnerabilities at a time when the country’s tourism industry has just begun to revive itself consequent to the global pandemic and when the country is most in need of foreign remittances to reinvigorate its economy.”
At the same time, he has welcomed the increase in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in the first two months of this year, with the UK being the third largest source of tourist traffic to the country.
Peiris also called upon UK authorities to positively revise the UK travel advisory on Sri Lanka to better reflect the practical realities in the country, the statement added.