Travel restrictions on Sri Lanka relaxed
Posted on May 28th, 2019

METHMALIE DISSANAYAKE Courtesy Ceylon Today

A few countries which imposed travel restrictions to citizens regarding travel to Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday terror attack have relaxed them, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said.

China, India, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden have relaxed travel restrictions on Sri Lanka.

China was the first country to lift travel restrictions. However, all these countries have advised citizens to be extremely vigilant about personal security when travelling to Sri Lanka.

Switzerland and Sweden advised that political and social tensions were still high and could trigger violent clashes at any time throughout the country.

Following the Easter Sunday terror attack which killed about 260 persons including tourists, many countries imposed travel restrictions on Sri Lanka.

Both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on separate occasions had requested foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka to intervene in lifting travel restrictions on Sri Lanka imposed by their countries.

President Sirisena had reassured that Sri Lanka was 99 per cent safe and that the State of Emergency imposed after the terror attack might be lifted by the end of June.

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