UK warns against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka
The ministry said it “advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the impact of the current economic crisis”. Activists of Sri Lanka’s main opposition, hold placards during a demonstration to denounce the shortage of cooking gas, kerosene oil and a few other commodities as the country faces a major economic crisis in Colombo on June 30, 2022. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
THE UK government warned Tuesday (5) against routine travel to Sri Lanka as the South Asian country, a popular destination for British tourists, battles economic collapse.
The updated advice from the foreign ministry could invalidate travel insurance for any Britons still heading to Sri Lanka.
The ministry said it “advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the impact of the current economic crisis”.
Sri Lanka is experiencing shortages of food and fuel, with unrest breaking out, it noted.
“Further protests, demonstrations, roadblocks and violent unrest could occur at short notice.”
Sri Lanka’s 22 million people have endured months of high inflation and lengthy power cuts, after the government ran out of foreign currency to import essential goods.
Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament that Sri Lanka was bankrupt and the pain of its unprecedented economic crisis would drag on through the end of next year.