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The situation in Sri Lanka: will it affect my travel plans?

April 26, 2019

The Foreign Office (FCO) is advising against “all but essential travel” to Sri Lanka in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place over Easter weekend.

Although the Foreign Office has stated that it hopes that these measures will be “temporary”, it will have an impact on anyone who is planning to travel to Sri Lanka on holiday.

How does it affect me?

If you have booked a package holiday, you will be able to cancel your holiday and receive a refund, defer the date of travel in case the advice changes or change the destination. 

If you booked flights and hotels directly, you should still contact the airline and/or accommodation to see what your options are.

In the event you are unable to cancel and have lost out financially as a result, you can contact your travel insurer to see if your policy covers you for any losses.

I am currently on holiday in Sri Lanka – what should I do?

If you haven’t already, you should contact your tour operator (if you’re booked on a package holiday), airline or travel insurer to see what the next steps are.

Sri Lanka is currently in a state of emergency with a nationwide curfew in place. However, you should still be able to leave the country during the curfew hours as long as you have your passport and a valid ticket for the day, according to the FCO.

The FCO says to follow the advice of local authorities, keep a low profile and avoid crowded areas. You can see the FCO’s full advice here.

 

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