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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Sri Lanka Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Sri Lanka

Local Situation: 3.0 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Sri Lanka. We detected travel advisories from 9 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.0 / 5

This country shares no land border with any other country. Thus, the region score is identical to the country risk rating.

Risk scoring history for Sri Lanka

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Sri Lanka.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Sri Lanka from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism.  On June 24, 2019, the Department lifted the ordered departure status of all school-age children (kindergarten through 12th grade) of U.S. government employees under the age of 18 as well as the authorized departure status of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. Terrorists may ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/sri-lanka-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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 Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to the on-going threat of terrorism and violence. 

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/sri-lanka

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/sri-lanka

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals that the situation in Sri Lanka is gradually returning to normality. However, it is still recommended to avoid the areas directly affected by possible police operations and the points with large pubic turnout, such as places of worship, shopping centres, events etc. For those departing ...

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet -

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/LK

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Når du rejser til Sri Lanka, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed og udvise stor forsigtighed pga. risikoen for terror og en ustabil sikkerhedssituation. Den 21. april 2019 sprang der flere bomber på hoteller og ved kirker i Sri Lanka, og der er fortsat undtagelsestilstand som følge af terrorangrebene. Det betyder, at du altid ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/sri-lanka/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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Avoid non-essential travel

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.cy/mfa/mfa2016.nsf/travel_en.html

Individual changes for Sri Lanka

This is the recent history of individual changes that affected the total asessment of Sri Lanka. Most recent events first.

Changes from August 31st 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 0.0 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Maltese government decreased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 5.0 (by -2.0).

Changes from June 25th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 3.6 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government decreased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -2.0).

Changes from June 14th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 3.9 to 3.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government decreased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -2.0).

Changes from June 8th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 4.0 to 3.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Irish government decreased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from June 7th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 4.1 to 4.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government decreased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from April 27th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 3.9 to 4.1. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from April 26th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 3.7 to 3.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Cypriot government issued a new warning for Sri Lanka with a rating of 4.0.

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from April 25th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 3.5 to 3.7. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from April 24th 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 3.2 to 3.5. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government increased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from April 23rd 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 2.8 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Sri Lanka with a rating of 2.0.

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The Maltese government increased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from April 22nd 2019

The total rating for Sri Lanka changed from 2.3 to 2.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Sri Lanka with a rating of 4.0.

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Sri Lanka to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +1.0).

About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka with its capital Colombo is a country in Asia (Southern Asia), slightly larger than West Virginia (65,610 km²). The country is located Southern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of India. The climate can be described as tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October). The landscape is mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior. With a population of about 21.13 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Colombo
Population about 21.13 million
Size 65.610 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than West Virginia
Common languages English, Sinhala, Tamil
Currency Rupee (short: LKR)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +94
Internet Top Level Domain .lk
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 LK
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 LKA
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 144

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Sri Lanka is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution in Colombo
  • coastal degradation from mining activities and increased pollution
  • deforestation
  • freshwater resources being polluted by industrial wastes and sewage runoff
  • soil erosion
  • waste disposal
  • wildlife populations threatened by poaching and urbanization

Natural hazzards

  • occasional cyclones and tornadoes

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Sri Lanka. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. banking
  2. cement
  3. clothing
  4. coconuts
  5. construction
  6. information technology services
  7. insurance
  8. other agricultural commodities
  9. petroleum refining
  10. processing of rubber

Agriculture products

  1. beef
  2. coconuts
  3. eggs
  4. fish
  5. fruit
  6. grains
  7. hides
  8. milk
  9. oilseed
  10. pulses

Sri Lankan Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Sri Lanka.

Export products

  1. apparel
  2. coconut products
  3. fish
  4. precious stones
  5. rubber manufactures
  6. spices
  7. tea
  8. textiles

Import products

  1. building materials
  2. foodstuffs
  3. machinery
  4. mineral products
  5. petroleum
  6. textiles
  7. transportation equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is currently rated at 3,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 9 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Sri Lanka.

Is it safe to travel Sri Lanka in 2019?

Visiting the country Sri Lanka is usually fine. The score is at 3,0 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Sri Lanka?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 9 individual sources for Sri Lanka.

What is the size of Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has a size of 65,610 km² or 25,332 mi² which is slightly larger than West Virginia.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.