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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2367

Britain cautions travel to Sri Lanka

London, 12 April, (Asiantribune.com): Britain has cautioned its subjects on visiting Sri Lanka. It has revealed of a high threat of terrorism in the island nation.

Travel advisory cautioning those visiting Sri Lanka has been issued by Britain. The advisory warns against all travel to the north and east of Sri Lanka, and to Yala National Park and the areas around it. It states that for the purpose of this travel advice:” We consider the north to be all areas north of the A12 road (which runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east) including the Jaffna peninsula. We consider the east to be the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa, as well as coastal areas of Ampara district east of the A25 and A27 roads. We define the areas around Yala National Park as that east of the A2 and south of the A4. See the Terrorism and Local Travel sections of this advice for more details.”

The travel advice summary given by Britain states that there is a high threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. In 2008 fatal attacks have become more frequent. They have occurred in Colombo and throughout Sri Lanka, including in places frequented by expatriate and foreign travelers. Further attacks may occur at any time. There is an increasing risk of British nationals being caught up in an attack.

It adds: ‘There is heightened security in Sri Lanka and you are advised to comply with government and security force instructions. There have been detentions particularly of people of Tamil ethnicity. You should ensure that you carry some form of official identification with you at all times. If you are detained, you should ask the authorities to contact the British High Commission.”

The Travel Advisory urges British nationals, who are resident and/or working in Sri Lanka, or visiting for over one month, should register with the British High Commission in Colombo.

About 90,000 British nationals visit Sri Lanka each year (source: Sri Lanka tourism board). The main types of incident for which British nationals required consular assistance in Sri Lanka in 2007 were: replacing lost or stolen passports; deaths, mostly from natural causes; and arrests or detentions.

- Asian Tribune -

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