Added 24th April 2019 - Current 15th September 2019
On 21 April 2019, bombs were used to attack 3 churches and 3 hotels in Sri Lanka, in central Colombo; in the northern suburb of Colombo Kochchikade, and in Negombo roughly twenty miles north of Colombo; and in the east of the country in Batticaloa. There have been significant casualties.
The Sri Lankan authorities have stepped up security across the island and a State of Emergency remain in place following the April 2019 attacks. Security is likely to be tightened for the annual Perehera celebration in Kandy in early August and other large cultural events. Checkpoints are likely to be in place for these events and authorities have advised visitors to the festival not to carry bags.
You should follow any advice or instruction issued by the local authorities and the travel advice of your local Government:
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.