UK Home Office removes negative travel advice to Northern Sri Lanka

Union-flagThe British High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka has updated the UK government’s travel advice, removing the advise against travel to the four northern provinces of Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Vavuniya. The change in the advice follows a security assessment carried out by a High Commission delegation, led by Deputy High Commissioner Mark Gooding to the Northern provinces in June.

Commenting on the changes British High Commissioner, Dr Peter Hayes said: “This latest change means we no longer advise against travel to any part of Sri Lanka. Britons wishing to travel to the north should however be aware that there remains a risk from mines and unexploded ordinance devices, and that they need to obtain permission from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence before they travel. I encourage all British nationals wishing to travel to Sri Lanka to read our full travel advice on the Home Office website at www.fco.gov.uk”

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