AUSTRALIA’S CURRENT TRAVEL ADVICE ON SRI LANKA IS NOT FULLY CORRECT AND PREJUDICIAL TO SRI LANKA’S TOURISM AND OTHER INTERESTS
Posted on May 10th, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE 17  SRI LANKA SUPPORT GROUP, CANBERRA

Following are the major errors in the Australia’s current Travel Advice on Sri Lanka:

 

  1. The overall level of advice “”…” “ƒ”¹…”high degree of caution’. This should be toned down to at least “ƒ”¹…”Exercise Caution’
  2. “ƒ”¹…”Large demonstrations were planned in Kandy on 1 May 2011′ “”…”  no demonstrations were planned or held on this day
  3. “ƒ”¹…”Visitors to Sri Lanka must avoid military and government installations’. Banning the visit of Military installations is ok but not government installations. Otherwise,  they cannot even enter the airport, train stations, immigration offices and any government department
  4. “ƒ”¹…”Attacks also occurred in the past against infrastructure, in markets and on public transport’ “”…” no such attacks have happened since May 2009
  5. Refers to a “ƒ”¹…”dangerous security situation’ “”…” delete “ƒ”¹…”dangerous’ as there is no dangerous situation in the country now
  6. States “ƒ”¹…”A general terrorist threat remains and  isolated attacks are possible’ “”…” This is wrong. This is correct only prior to May 2009
  7. “ƒ”¹…”Security forces have  wide ranging powers including the authority to  impose curfews’ “”…” Wrong. Curfew is imposed by the Government, not the security forces. To our knowledge no curfew had been imposed since 1983
  8. States “ƒ”¹…”Australian currency and travellers cheques are not accepted in many countries’; May be so, but they are accepted in Sri Lanka
  9. “ƒ”¹…”Penalties for drug trafficking are severe and include death penalty’ “”…” Wrong, according to our information

10.  “ƒ”¹…”Death penalty may also be applied for murder and rape’ “”…” Wrong, according to our knowledge it only applies to murder

11.  “ƒ”¹…”Non-Sri Lankan citizens of Sri Lankan heritage have been detained on occasion by the Sri Lankan Police or security forces’ “”…” Wrong, according  to our information and  knowledge

Prior to visiting another country, many Australians refer to the Travel Advice about the country issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  Hence we consider it is time that Australia amends its Travel Advice and tones it down, to be consistent with the Travel Advices issued by other countries including the US and the UK.  According to the UK, it is totally ok to visit Sri Lanka, without any restrictions.

 Our above representations were made to the Hon Kevin Rudd’s office  on Thursday 5 May 2011 at a meeting held in Canberra.

 President

Sri Lanka Support Group, Canberra (tel: 0435758833)

[email protected]

 

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