The UK have eased their travel advisories for British nationals visiting Sri Lanka, though they have not lifted them. The High Commission in a statement quoted the British High Commissioner, Dr Peter Hayes as saying;
‘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. We no longer discourage British holidaymakers from enjoying leopard-spotting at Yala National Park, surfing at Arugam Bay or admiring Trincomalee harbour, one of the world’s deepest natural ports. We’ve taken this decision based on our assessment of the improving security situation in these parts of Sri Lanka.
In light of the uncertain security situation in areas recently affected by conflict we continue to discourage British tourists from travelling to other parts of the Eastern Province and continue to advise against all travel to northern Sri Lanka. We encourage Britons planning to travel around Sri Lanka to read our full travel advice’
This move represents the start of what we believe will be a gradual decrease in travel restrictions throughout the country. The majestic Wilpattu National Park is also likely to re-open soon, great news for all Sri Lanka enthusiasts.