India issues advisory not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka

After the US, UK and Australia, India on Saturday also issued advisory urging its nationals not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka in the wake of suicide bombing that killed over 250 people.

“In view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of terror attacks on April 21, 2019, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel,” the ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

However, it also advised its citizens to contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy, Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance.

The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission are available on the Mission’s website, it added.

The Sri Lankan government has beefed up the security in the country.

A nation-wide emergency including night time curfew is in place at present which may also affect travel with in Sri Lanka.

The US, UK and Australia have advised their citizens not to travel to island nation unless their journey is essential as terrorists were “likely” to carry out further attacks in the country.

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