UK advises travel against Sri Lanka over political conflicts

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The United Kingdom has recommended its citizens against travelling to Sri Lanka during the ongoing political and economic instability. Due to ongoing political and economic conflicts, the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to #Sri_Lanka.

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) said in a statement, “the advice does not apply to airside transit through Sri Lanka’s international airport.”

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Further, it added, “If you are in Sri Lanka at this time or considering travel, you should avoid all protests and follow the advice of local authorities.”

It is regarded as the State of Emergency has been declared, and the island-wide curfew is in place. Numerous incidents took place on May 9, such as violence against protesters, including in the Galle Face area in Colombo, which resulted in the death of several people.

The UK advisory said various protests have been going on since March 21 2022. Further demonstrations might take place across the island. Srilankan Government authorities may impose local restrictions at short notice.

Further, it added, the individuals should be vigilant, avoid any protest or large gatherings, and follow the recommendation of the local authorities,” the UK advisory said.

The economic situation is degenerating in Sri Lanka with deficiencies in basic needs such as medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food due to the lack of hard currency to pay for imports.

There may be lengthy queues at shops, supermarkets, fuel stations, and pharmacies. There are continuous daily power cuts due to electricity rationing.

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