France, Germany and Britain lift travel warnings by end January.

France, Germany and Britain will lift its travel warnings on Sri Lanka by the end of this month, as the country tries to persuade travellers that it’s safe to come back. France, Germany and Britain will lift its travel warnings on Sri Lanka by the end of this month, as the country tries to persuade travellers that it’s safe to come back.

Cabinet spokesperson Mangala Samaraweera said Thursday, that France will start selling tickets by January 16, and Germany and Britain by January 30.

The three countries are among Sri lanka’s top tourist generating markets,accounting for over 130,000 of the country’s 500,000 travellers.

Most countries have cautioned its travellers on mounting health risks in tsunami hit countries, with the threat of water borne diseases spreading in refugee camps.

“The travel warnings are mainly linked to the health hazards now. Tourists numbers have fallen drastically, but we expect it to start picking up by mid January,” Director General of the Tourist Board, S. Kalaiselvam said.

Sri Lanka was one of the countries worst affected by tidal waves that swept across its coast, claiming 30,000 lives and displacing one million in the floo