China was the first country to relax its advisory when the Chinese government toned the warning down from ‘Do not travel’ to ‘be cautious’. The German Federal Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Sri Lanka from ‘avoid all but essential travel’ to ‘maintain a high level of personal security’ during the stay in Sri Lanka.
The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) also updated their travel advice to ‘pay attention to personal safety and to be vigilant.’ The statement which appeared on their official website cautioned that there’s a risk of terrorist attacks across the country and as a result of the state of emergency present in the island, arrests can be made without a court order. It further advised its citizens that the “political situation will remain tense until the presidential elections in December 2019.”
Sri Lanka’s top source market – India, has also followed suit and relaxed its travel advisory. The Indian foreign ministry said, “Indian nationals travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to be careful and vigilant.” The official statement on their website added that the security situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normal with the lifting of curfew and restrictions on social media and the opening of schools.
In the aftermath of the Easter attacks, 37 countries imposed varying travel advisories on Sri Lanka from ‘essential travel only’ to ‘do not travel’ warnings.
To support the tourism sector which had been affected the most; Sri Lanka Tourism has been working on a travel insurance scheme to encourage those interested in visiting the country despite the advisories.