The German and British embassies update travel advisories to Sri Lanka. The German and British embassies update travel advisories to Sri Lanka. The German and British embassies updated travel advisories to Sri Lanka after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on Friday night, but did not issue travel warnings against visiting the island.
The government of Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency following the assassination of Minister Kadirgamar, to tighten security but no curfew was imposed.
Germany and Britain are two of Sri Lanka’s largest traditional tourist markets and for years Britain was the leading source of tourists to the island – until Indian visitors shot up to almost equal numbers after a 2002 visa-on-arrival scheme for SAARC countries.
After the tsunami in 2004 tourist arrival numbers from both Germany and the UK dipped sharply and are yet to recover.
Hotel occupancy levels were dismally low – around 30 percent – in coastal, hill country and cultural triangle areas that were not even affected by the tsunami, by as