Several nations, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Bahrain, New Zealand, and Australia, have advised its nationals to avoid non-essential travel to Sri Lanka due to the country’s current circumstances.
In a travel advisory, the Australian High Commission noted, “Violent demonstrations are taking place around Colombo.” Avoid regions where there are protests. Colombo has been placed under curfew. Respect the curfew and listen to local authorities. Keep an eye on the news for developments.”
“Due to the security situation, we continue to encourage you to rethink your need to go to Sri Lanka.” The Australian Government has given permission for dependents of Australian High Commission personnel in Colombo to leave on their own. Throughout Sri Lanka, public demonstrations continue. Demonstrations can cause traffic and public transportation delays. A state of emergency can be proclaimed, and curfews can be enforced with little warning. Always have appropriate travel and identity papers with you. Fuel, cooking gas, and medications are in low supply in Sri Lanka. “You may suffer gasoline supply disruptions and scheduled power outages,” according to the travel warning.
Singaporeans traveling to Sri Lanka have been cautioned by Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to exercise caution and take all necessary precautions to protect their personal safety. The Ministry said that they should avoid gathering in public places where there are protests or large throngs of people. It is strongly advised that Singaporeans visiting or living in Sri Lanka purchase comprehensive travel insurance and familiarize themselves with the terms and coverage of the plans.
Due to the effects of the present economic crisis, the United Kingdom issued a travel advisory in which it advised against all but absolutely necessary travel to Sri Lanka. Airside travel through the international airport of Sri Lanka is not covered by this recommendation.
“There has been a State of Emergency proclaimed. You should not travel at this time; instead, you should stay put in your home or hotel. Those who have a ticket for a flight will be able to get there. The terrible economic crisis that Sri Lanka is going through has caused shortages of essential needs including food, cooking gas, and medication. Fuel (diesel and gasoline) is severely limited, which has an impact on transportation, companies, and emergency services.
Particularly in isolated areas of the nation, the 1990 Ambulance Service is badly hampered and may not be able to arrive or not promptly. Daily power outages occur as a result of electricity rationing. Protests and violent turmoil have resulted from this. Roadblocks, violent disturbances, riots, and demonstrations might all happen at any time. The UK travel advisory to Sri Lanka advised travelers to steer clear of political rallies and protests and to exercise caution around unexpectedly large crowds.