Safety of UK travelers in Sri Lanka ensured by authorities

Safety of UK travelers in Sri Lanka ensured by authorities

26 April 2019 03:05 pm

Safety and security of UK travellers visiting Sri Lanka or already staying in the island have ensured by the authorities, officials said adding that around 8,000 British tourists are in the country .

UK travellers in Sri Lanka or with future bookings are being urged to contact their airline, tour operator and insurer after the Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to the island.

Foreign news agency reports quoted Travel trade organisation Abta as saying customers due to travel to the island “imminently” for a package holiday would be offered a postponement, a full refund or a holiday in an alternative destination.

But anyone who booked their flights and accommodation separately will need to discuss their options with the individual companies.

Holidaymakers with travel insurance may be able to claim for losses depending on the terms of their policy, the company said.

UK foreign office advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019.

The Foreign Office urged them to keep a low profile, avoid crowded public places and remain vigilant.

It is not yet known if travel companies will make special arrangements to bring travellers back to the UK earlier than planned, it said.

Colombo Airport is continuing to operate but with increased security checks and long queues.

It is unlikely there will be a repeat of the major airlift which was organised when commercial flights to and from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh Airport were banned in November 2015.