Sri Lanka travel ban only to the north and east: UK

May 30, 2007 (LBO) – Britain is advising its citizens not to travel to the north and east of Sri Lanka, but they are free to visit other parts of the country, the UK High Commission (embassy) in Colombo said. Sri Lanka’s total tourist arrivals are down 19.9 percent so far this year.

“Some recent newspaper reports may have left readers thinking the UK does not want British nationals to travel to Sri Lanka,” British High Commission said in a statement quoting a spokesperson.

“We are delighted to reassure hoteliers and others in the tourist industry that the UK does not advise against travel to Sri Lanka.”

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has ranked Sri Lanka under a second level category that the government advises against ‘all travel to parts of’ a country.

“Our travel advice is up-dated regularly to reflect changes in the security situation,” the High Commission said.

“We hope that it will help British nationals visiting the cultural triangle, hill country, Colombo or the southern beaches of Sri Lanka to have a safe and enjoyable time, while making clear that they should not travel to the north and east of the country.”

Britain is advising against ‘all travel’ –