Britain relaxes Sri Lanka travel advice issued after Easter Sunday terror attacks

Vastavam web: Britain Thursday relaxed its travel advice for its nationals planning to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter Sunday terror attacks claimed 258 lives, including that of 44 foreigners. After a series of bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels on April 21, the UK Foreign Office warned people against all but essential travel to the island nation.

Countries like India and China have also relaxed their travel advice to their nationals following an appeal from the Sri Lankan leadership and improvement in the security situation in the country. But following a reassessment of the threat, the FCO has removed that warning from its travel advice. Over 250,000 Britons visited Sri Lanka last year, making the UK the third-highest source of tourism after India and China.

It also says outbreaks of mob violence, such as those that followed the Easter attacks, could happen again with little or no warning. It warns those travelling to keep up to date with developments and remain vigilant, the BBC reported. “Take sensible precautions, familiarise yourself with security procedures at your hotel or accommodation and follow the advice of local authorities and hotel security staff,” it says.