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Sri Lanka - State of Emergency

Added 7th March 2018 - Updated 9th March 2018- Current 27th June 2018

On 6th March 2018 the Sri Lankan government announced a nationwide state of emergency in response to recent incidents of inter-communal violence in Ampara and Kandy. The state of emergency may include curfews in specific locations across the country.

On 7 March, an “indefinite” police curfew was imposed in the Kandy administrative region, where there are continuing reports of violent incidents. Social media platforms have been blocked or restricted nationwide. It is expected that the curfew will continue while the State of Emergency is in place. While the curfew does not impose restrictions on tourist activities, we are aware of some reports of tourists being caught up in movement restrictions. 

There are no reports that major tourist areas elsewhere in Sri Lanka have been affected, and Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo is operating as normal. 

You should exercise caution, avoid protests and rallies, comply with local security requirements and follow the advice of the local authorities. You may wish to consult the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority website, which has issued regular updates on the impact on tourist travel in the area.

Please follow the travel advice of your Government:


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STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Store for advice.

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