UK warns citizens travelling to Sri Lanka with tattoos

Apr 24, 2014 (LBO) – UK has warned citizens travelling to Sri Lanka about having tattoos of the Lord Bhudda following the deportation of a British tourist, barely three weeks after warning about spiked drinks at Southern resorts. “British nationals have been refused entry to Sri Lanka or faced deportation for having visible tattoos of Buddha,” the travel advisory said.

It added to warnings asking tourists not to pose for photographs by standing in front of a Bhudda statue or mistreat Bhuddist images or artefacts.

Earlier this week Naomi Coleman, a British nurse was arrested after entering the country, and after a court appearance before a magistrate was ordered to be deported.

“It is a terrible, hellish experience,” Coleman was quoted as saying by AFP, a news agency while at an immigration detention centre.

“I am a practising Buddhist and meditate. That is why I have the tattoo — not out of disrespect for Buddhism.”

BBC has reported in March 2013 that Antony Ratcliffe, 42, who had said he got a tattoo of the Bhudda on his arm while in Burma was refused entry and questioned by immigration officials while on a 12 hour stopover.

Sri Lanka is a majority Bhuddist nation.

Earlier this month, UK a