Government Advise Against Non-Essential Travel to Sri Lanka

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has warned against all non-essential travel to Sri Lanka following a series of terrorist attacks in the country earlier in the week. The number of dead has been reduced down from previous estimates to around 253 people, but fears remain about further attacks.

Hunt said:

“Following the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday, and the ongoing Sri Lankan security operation, I have received updated advice from the Foreign Office and decided to update the travel advice to British nationals to Sri Lanka to advise against all but essential travel.

We will keep this decision under close and constant review. My first priority will always be the security of British citizens living and travelling abroad.

We all hope the situation will return to normal very soon, and that the Sri Lankan tourism industry is able to get back on its feet following the terrorist attacks. We will do all we can to help the Sri Lankan authorities.”