May 28, 2019 (LBO) – India has relaxed its travel advisory for Sri Lanka. The previous advisory advised against non-essential travel, while the updated one advised to be careful and vigilant.
May 28th advisory: “Security situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normal with the lifting of curfew & restrictions on social media and the opening of schools. Indian nationals travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to be careful and vigilant.”
April 27th advisory: “In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of terror attacks on 21 April 2019, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel.”
The relaxation in the travel advisory is crucial for Sri Lanka as India arrivals constitute almost 20% of total arrivals to the country. It is the largest source of arrivals for Sri Lanka with close to 425,000 arriving in 2018.
The travel advisory has been eased despite the fact that Sri Lanka is still legally under a state of emergency. However, senior officials have indicated that it may be feasible to lift the state of emergency after the end of its recent one month extension.