Many countries imposed travel restrictions to their citizens when travelling to Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday terror attacks that occurred on 21st April 2019, killing over 250 local people and over 45 foreigners. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on separate occasions, then requested foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka to get involved in the lifting of travel restrictions on Sri Lanka by their countries. President Maithripala Sirisena also said Country is 99% safe and the State of Emergency in the country is to be lifted soon, end of this month (June).
As a result some countries lifted their travel restrictions, said the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
China was the first country to lift travel restrictions for Sri Lanka. After China, several countries – India, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, France, United Kingdom and Italy lifted their travel restrictions for Sri Lanka.
But all these countries have advised their citizens to be cautious when travelling to Sri Lanka.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has advised the travellers to be watchful on their own personal safety. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the security situation in Sri Lanka has improved in a good way and they have changed their travel advise from orange (only essential travel) to yellow (travel with caution) for their citizens who are travelling to Sri Lanka.
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