Because of the continued political and economic turmoil in Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom has warned its people not to visit there. “Due to continued political and economic volatility, the FCDO warns against any but essential travel to #Sri Lanka.” The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) indicated in a statement that “this guidance does not apply to airside passage via Sri Lanka’s international airport.” “If you are in or planning to travel to Sri Lanka at this time, you should avoid all protests and heed local authorities’ advise,” it warned. A State of Emergency has been declared, and an island-wide curfew has been imposed. On May 9, many incidences of violence against demonstrators occurred, including one in Colombo’s Galle Face district that resulted in the death of one person.
“There have been a number of protests since 31 March 2022. Further protests are likely to take place across the island. The Government of Sri Lanka may impose local restrictions at short notice. You should be vigilant, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings, and follow the advice of the local authorities,” the UK advisory said. The economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports. There may be long queues at shops and supermarkets, fuel stations, and pharmacies. There are ongoing daily power cuts due to electricity rationing.
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