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UK updates travel advisory for Sri Lanka, reflecting ground realities

April 07, Colombo (LNW): The United Kingdom on April 05 updated its travel advisory for Sri Lanka, incorporating additional information concerning emergency medical contacts, road travel, safety, and security across various sections, including ‘Entry requirements,’ ‘Safety and security,’ and ‘Health.’

Notably, the revised advisory removes previous references to shortages of essential commodities such as food, fuel, and medicine attributed to Sri Lanka’s economic situation.

Similarly, mentions of constraints in healthcare services, including shortages of imported medications and medical equipment due to economic factors, have also been eliminated.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London has consistently advocated for the removal of these adverse references from the previous travel advisory, aiming to align the advisory with the prevailing ground realities in Sri Lanka.

This updated travel advisory is expected to provide a significant impetus to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, which has demonstrated resilience by welcoming over 600,000 visitors in the first quarter of 2024 alone.

Notably, the United Kingdom stands as the third-largest contributor to tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka, with 53,928 arrivals recorded between January 1st and March 27th, 2024.

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