Sri Lanka travel advisory lifted by Saudi Arabia

Feb 25, 2010 The government of Saudi Arabia has lifted its travel advisory advising its citizens not to travel to Sri Lanka on security fears, the Sri Lankan embassy in Riyadh said. It said in a statement Sri Lanka had lobbied the Saudi government to lift the travel advisory with the end of the ethnic war in May 2009 and consequent rise in the number of Saudi Arabian tourists to the island.

The travel advisory had been in force since February 2008.

In the second half of 2009, 5,400 Saudi Arabian holidaymakers visited Sri Lanka, the statement said.

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Development Authority and the embassy in Riyadh plan to launch a sustained campaign to promote Sri Lanka as a tourism destination in the high-spending Saudi Arabian market, it said.