Sri Lanka among countries unsafe for travel

6 July 2020 08:21 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A day after Britain failed to include Sri Lanka in a list of countries from where visitors will not be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, the British Foreign Office lifted a global travel advice on a number of countries except Sri Lanka and other countries seen as unsafe because of the coronavirus.

On Saturday the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel, exempting destinations that no longer pose an unacceptably high risk for British travellers.

The countries exempted from the travel advisory included cities in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa and Antarctica.

“These exemptions came into effect on 4 July. All our advice will remain under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country. These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments,” the FCO said.

Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Greece, Italy and Germany are among the countries seen as safe for Brits to travel to.

On Friday, the United Kingdom announced that tourists from over 50 countries and territories will be able to visit the UK from July 10, without facing a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.

The list, however, did not include Sri Lanka which has announced that the coronavirus is under control and not spreading among communities. (Easwaran Rutnam)

  Comments - 8

  • Truth Monday, 06 July 2020 10:18 AM

    This is mainly because of our closed airport. Nothing to do with corona. If the airport is open they will review the report.

    Janesh Monday, 06 July 2020 10:27 AM

    For this is for UK because 9000 people die every day in UK and USA with CORONA, not for SL...

    Asela Abeysinghe Monday, 06 July 2020 11:42 AM


    Jehan Monday, 06 July 2020 12:17 PM

    China virus killed more than 11 in SL, admit the figures, get proper accounting than chineese accounting.

    Praja Pathirana Monday, 06 July 2020 12:34 PM

    Unsafe not because of COVID but because of Malaka Silva

    Joshia Monday, 06 July 2020 08:49 PM

    UK knows the truth about covid in SL.

    Kathir Monday, 06 July 2020 10:25 PM

    Let us tell the truth to the world fir what reason the Colombo Airport is still closed? If the British Gouvernmant has taken this decision to maintain and remove the name of SRi Lanka shoul not be contested.but should explain them the reasons for keeping main Airport closed upto now.

    Chris O Monday, 06 July 2020 11:18 PM

    Well done UK. We DO NOT WANT any of your corona ridden tourists to come and infect us. Since the start of the pandemic till now our total number of cases stands at 2077 whereas the UK's single day counts were 4 times that amount while our death count is a mere 11 against almost 45,000 deaths which are grossly under reported by maybe 20%. So by what logic would we want you guys coming here, pray tell?

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