1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. World News
  4. China uplifts travel ban on Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday bombings; assures of improved security situation

China uplifts travel ban on Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday bombings; assures of improved security situation

A day after PM Ranil Wickremesinghe`s appeal, China has lifted the travel ban on Lanka following the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The Lankan state minister of tourism met with the Chinese abassador on the morning of 25th may where the ban on visiting Sri Lanka by China was uplifted.

PTI PTI
Colombo Updated on: May 26, 2019 10:05 IST
China uplifts travel ban on Sri Lanka
Image Source : AP

China uplifts travel ban on Sri Lanka

China on Saturday became the first country to tone down its travel advisory imposed on Sri Lanka post the Easter Sunday blasts, in a move that would help in reviving the tourism industry of the island nation hit hard by the terror attack.

The move came a day after Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appealed to the international community to lift the travel warnings, assuring that the security situation has improved in the country after the crackdown on Islamist groups and their networks. 

"We are happy announce that the travel ban on visiting Sri Lanka implemented by China has now been toned down to 'be cautious' while travelling to Sri Lanka from 'Do not travel to Sri Lanka'," Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said here today.

China is the second largest market, after India, for the Lankan tourism sector. The number of Chinese tourists to Lanka has been relatively steady at over 265,000 since the last three years.

Several countries, including India, US, UK and Australia, advised their citizens against non essential travel to Lanka after the terror attacks on three luxury hotels and three churches on April 21 that killed nearly 260 people, including over 40 foreigners. 

This dealt a telling blow on the local tourism industry. Booking cancellations caused a 70 per cent slump in arrivals, the industry leaders said.

Tourism accounts for about five per cent of Lanka's economy. Besides, India and China, the UK is also a major market. The country earned about USD 4.4 billion in 2018 from the tourism sector.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said April recorded 166,975 foreign tourists in the country compared to 180,429 in April 2018, a 7.5 per cent dip in arrival of tourists from abroad.

Read | China welcomes PM Modi, Imran Khan exchange of greetings

Watch | In the last five years it has been seen that entire world is with us except China, says PM Modi

Write a comment