India issued an updated travel advisory for Sri Lanka travel on Tuesday, stating that the security situation in the country was gradually returning to normal. However, Indian travellers and tourists visiting the country need to be careful and vigilant, reports NDTV.

The External Affairs Ministry released a statement saying, “Security situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normal with the lifting of curfew and restrictions on social media and the opening of schools. Indian nationals travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to be careful and vigilant.”

Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock or Lion Rock is an ancient fortress near Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Further, it was mentioned that Indian nationals requiring any form of assistance during their visit to the island nation can get in touch with the High Commission in Colombo, the Assistant High Commission in Kandy and the Consulates in Jaffna and Hambantota.

Sri Lanka travel advisory issued in several countries

The updated advisory is in contrast with last month’s statement that called upon Indian nationals to not undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka following the tense situation in the country after the terror attacks on April 21. Apart from India, countries like China, US, UK and Australia had also advised their citizens against travelling to Sri Lanka.

Terrorist Attack in Sri Lanka
St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, after multiple explosions targeted churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019.
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The fresh advisory comes a few days after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appealed to the international community to lift the travel warnings; assuring them that the security situation had improved in the country. Sri Lanka has been working overtime to crack down on Islamist groups and their networks after the horrific terror attack last month.

Last week, China also relaxed it travel advisory imposed on Sri Lanka. Allowing tourists back to Sri Lanka will help revive the tourism industry; which faced a serious blow after the terror attacks.

Last month, on Easter Sunday, nine suicide bombers carried out a series of blasts that killed 253 people at churches in the country.


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