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Countries tighten travel advisories to Sri Lanka

China, US and India upgrade warnings

Several countries have tightened their travel advisories to Sri Lanka, advising that only essential travel be undertaken given the prevailing security situation in the country.

Among these nations, the US upgraded their travel advisory to a Level 3 calling on their citizens to reconsider travel to Sri Lanka. Based on the statement, the Department of State has ordered the departure of all school-aged family members of US government employees in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

“The Department also authorized the voluntary departure of US government employees and family members.” It read.

Meanwhile, India’s External Affairs Ministry over the weekend, revised their travel advisory and has asked their citizens not to undertake any ‘non-essential’ travel to Sri Lanka.

In the advisory, MEA said those intending on emergency travel to Sri Lanka can contact the Indian High Commission in Colombo and the Assistant High Commission in Kandy as well as the consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna for any assistance.

“In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the terror attacks on April 21, 2019, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel,” the advisory said.

Similarly, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo also sent a note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and Police sating that the current situation in the country was considered critical. They have asked for the strengthening of the security to the Chinese embassy, institutions, enterprise and Chinese citizens including the site security of the Sino-Sri Lanka economic and trade cooperation projects.

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