Australian Govt Updated – Exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka because of the unpredictable security environment

The Australian Government Friday updated its travel advisory on Sri Lanka. “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at this time because of the unpredictable security environment.” the travel advisory said.

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We publish below the advisory in full;

This Advice was last issued on Friday, 17 October 2014.   This advice contains new information in the Summary and under Local travel (foreign passport holders now require approval to visit Northern Province). We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at this time because of the unpredictable security environment.

  • We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at this time because of the unpredictable security environment.
  • The Sri Lankan authorities have announced that foreign passport holders, including diplomats and international and local non-government organisation personnel, now require approval from the Ministry of Defence to travel to the north of Sri Lanka. See under Local travel for details of the approval process.
  • Security forces maintain a visible presence throughout the country. Military and police checkpoints are present along some roads and road closures can occur without warning.
  • You should avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings as they may turn violent or be a target for politically-motivated attacks. Police have used tear gas in response to protests.
  • In the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, which includes Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochichi and Jaffna Districts, post-conflict security force activity is ongoing.
  • In both the Northern and Eastern Provinces you should stay on main roads and pay close attention to signs warning of danger from landmines.
  • Pay careful attention to the type of visa you apply for. Travellers risk deportation if they engage in activities outside their visa conditions.
  • All regions of Sri Lanka experience outbreaks of the mosquito-borne dengue fever. Almost 60 per cent of the 18,000 dengue cases reported nationwide in the six months to July 2014 occurred in Western Province, where Colombo is located. See Health Issues below for more information.