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Foreign travel advice Sri Lanka

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Foreign travel advice Sri Lanka

UK has updated their Travel Advisory on 12 September 2013. How far would you (travelers who have visited SL) consider it true and relevant? Curious to know your sentiments.

Summary

Still current at: 17 September 2013

Updated: 12 September 2013

Latest update: Summary - Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 11-17 November

You need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. See Visas.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is scheduled to take place in Colombo during the week of 11-17 November 2013. Commonwealth events are also scheduled to take place in Hambantota and Hikkaduwa. There may be high levels of travel disruption around that time, like frequent road closures, high security at airports and difficulties in booking hotel rooms.

Foreign nationals, with the exception of media crews, no longer need permission from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence before travelling to the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaittivu and Vavuniya. Military activities are ongoing and you should obey orders from the security forces and signs warning of the danger from land-mines. See Local travel - North.

Political rallies in Sri Lanka have sometimes turned violent. You should avoid any political gatherings or rallies. See Political situation.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

Most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble-free, but you should be aware of the risk of credit card fraud, road accidents and drownings.

Sri Lanka can be affected by severe weather like tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. See Natural disasters.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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1. Re: Foreign travel advice Sri Lanka

Well the CHOGM story is right, just posted this morning in the forum. But can be avoided if you plan right. All other advice is sound _but_ of the better-safe-than-sorry kind, the same advice applies to e.g. Turkey or most of the Caribbean.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Foreign travel advice Sri Lanka

Thought the first part on Terrorism was over the top.

"There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriate and foreign travellers"

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3. Re: Foreign travel advice Sri Lanka

The wording might sound strong to an ordinary civilian, but this is the general - and official - description given to any country that might have any sort of potential etc

They give the exact, standard warning to a lot of other countries including Canada, Argentina, Kuwait, Oman etc

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4. Re: Foreign travel advice Sri Lanka

FO always (and have to to be be fair) err on the side of caution. Having seen what the roads are like I would stay away from an area if a major event like the Commonwealth meeting is taking place. If you want to travel to the North I suggest reading up on that part of the island. However, we have rarely felt safer than in Sri Lanka and enjoyed it immensely.

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