UK urged to tone down travel advice

The latest updated travel advice also says that there is an underlying threat from terrorism in Sri Lanka. The updated travel advice on Sri Lanka issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth office, maintains that the end of the military conflict in May 2009 has seen an upsurge of nationalism in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has urged the British Foreign and Commonwealth office to tone down a travel advice on Sri Lanka which was updated last month.External Affairs Ministry spokesman Rodney Perera said that the Sri Lankan High Commission in London is pursuing the matter with the British authorities. He said that while the travel advice itself was not new, the updates had mention about a recent incident where a British national had been denied entry for having a tattoo of the Lord Buddha on his arm. It says that although the LTTE suffered a military defeat in May 2009, the Government maintains extensive anti-terrorism powers and increased security measures including checkpoints and a highly visible military presence remains throughout the country. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lankan government had initially raised its concerns with the British High Commission in Colombo over the travel advice when it was first released in August.However the issue went unattended as the travel advice was released with amendments days later but with the same controversial notes.Tourism industry officials in Sri Lanka had raised concerns over the impact the travel advice may have on British tourists visiting Sri Lanka. It says as a result, anti-Western (particularly anti-British) rhetoric has increased and this has led to violent protests against the British High Commission and other diplomatic premises.The Sri Lankan government had last September raised concerns with the British government over the travel advice and urged them to amend it. read more