UK no longer ad­vises against all but es­sen­tial SL travel

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The UK said yes­ter­day its For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice (FCO) no longer ad­vised Bri­tish trav­ellers and tourists against all but es­sen­tial travel to Sri Lanka.

The FCO up­dated the travel ad­vi­sory on Sri Lanka yes­ter­day and said ter­ror­ists were very likely to try to carry out at­tacks but se­cu­rity had been beefed up coun­try­wide

and a state of emer­gency re­mained in place.

In a state­ment, the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion said it had kept the UK’S travel ad­vice un­der con­stant re­view since the Easter Sun­day at­tacks, en­gag­ing closely with the Sri Lankan Gov­ern­ment, the tourism in­dus­try and the po­lice.

“We now as­sess that the risk to Bri­tish peo­ple in Sri Lanka has re­duced enough for us to make this change. How­ever, no for­eign travel can ever be guar­an­teed as safe and our new travel ad­vice re­flects our assess­ment that ter­ror­ists are very likely to at­tempt to carry out fur­ther at­tacks in Sri Lanka,” it said.

Mean­while, Act­ing High Com­mis­sioner Tom Burn said he was glad that they had been able to make this change.

“We know how dif­fi­cult these weeks have been for ev­ery­one in Sri Lanka who re­lies on tourism for a liv­ing.

Our pri­mary con­cern will al­ways be safety and our travel ad­vice con­tin­ues to warn of the threat of fur­ther at­tacks in Sri Lanka.

But we hope the change we have made will help Sri Lanka’s re­cov­ery from the Easter Sun­day at­tacks and to ef­forts to build a safe and in­clu­sive fu­ture for ev­ery­one ,” he said.

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