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Britain relaxes travel advisory for Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 19:32

Colombo: Britain today relaxed its travel
advisory for its citizen who wish to visit Sri Lanka citing
"improved security situation" in the country.

"I am pleased to announce that we have relaxed the
restrictions on travel suggested in the advice we give to
British visitors coming to Sri Lanka.
The UK government no longer "discourages travellers
from visiting any part of the Eastern Province or Jaffna
District," British High Commissioner Peter Hayes said.

"We`ve recently visited both Jaffna and the East and
taken this decision based on our assessment of the improving
security situation," a release said here.

In light of the uncertain security situation in areas
recently affected by conflict we continue to discourage
British tourists from travelling to the northern districts of
Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, Mannar and Vavuniya.

"We encourage Britons planning to travel around Sri
Lanka to read our full travel advice," Hayes said. British
tourists wishing to travel to Jaffna should note that the UK
advises travelling to Jaffna only by approved routes, he

Currently these include road travel on the A9 or air
travel. Foreign nationals, including UK nationals, need to
seek prior approval from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence
before travelling to Jaffna, the release said.


First Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 19:32
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