Colombo: New Zealand and the United Kingdom have issued fresh warnings to their citizens not to make non-essential travel to Sri Lanka, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
The travel advisories against visiting Sri Lanka, which was slightly relaxed just weeks ago, are now back and could further hurt the already struggling tourism sector, the Daily Mirror reported.
This follows a deteriorating crisis in Sri Lanka where people are battling against widespread shortages of even essential commodities like food, fuel, and medicines amid rising anger against the government.
The governments of New Zealand and the United Kingdom have updated their travel advisories by citing the worsening economic situation and the potential for civil unrest, the report said.
Other countries which continue to maintain travel advisories against Sri Lanka include the United States, the Europe Union, Canada, Australia, and Ireland, it said.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Priantha Fernando said it was the responsibility of various governments to inform their citizens of the ground conditions abroad.
“What is being touched upon are the inconveniences tourists might have to undergo in Sri Lanka due to the current conditions,” he tweeted.
“We are continuously working on providing a hassle-free experience to tourists,” he added.
Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in June totaled 32,856, a marginal increase compared with the previous month, largely influenced by the Australia cricket tour.
A total of 411,337 tourists visited Sri Lanka in the first half of this year against 17,000 in the Covid-hit first half of 2021.