UAE issues travel alert for Sri Lanka

Citizens discouraged from travelling to Sri Lanka, except in urgent cases



The UAE Embassy has issued a fresh alert to all travellers urging them not to visit Sri Lanka.

The warning comes ahead of presidential elections in the country next month.

“UAE nationals should not travel to Sri Lanka except in extreme cases. In the event of an emergency, citizens should call the embassy on +94 112-301-601, or contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s call center on +971 800-444-44,” read a tweet posted by the UAE Embassy in Colombo on Sunday.

UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had first issued a travel advisory in April this year urging Emirati nationals to postpone their travel plans to Sri Lanka after blasts ripped through hotels and churches in the commercial capital Colombo on Easter, killing at least 290 people, and injuring more than 500. Among those killed, 42 were foreign nationals.

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