NZ & UK issue travel advisories against SL

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New Zealand and the United Kingdom have revised their travel advisory level issued for Sri Lanka, in light of the ongoing economic crisis.

Travellers were advised to ensure they have transport plans and contingency plans in place ahead of any journeys to or around Sri Lanka.

“New Zealanders in Sri Lanka to avoid protests, demonstrations, rallies, large crowds and queues. Comply with any instructions issued by the local authorities, including any curfews. Monitor local and international media, review personal security plans and be aware of your surroundings. If unexpectedly in the vicinity of a protest, demonstration or violent clashes, exercise caution and leave the area quickly”, the notice further warned.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of New Zealand has advised against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the impact of the current economic crisis.

This advice, however, does not apply to airside transit through Sri Lanka’s international airport, they noted.

The Travel advisory added that there are daily power cuts due to electricity rationing and this has led to protests and violent unrest. Further protests, demonstrations, roadblocks, and violent unrest could occur at short notice. 

Full advisories: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/sri-lanka and https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka