2010 witnessed a massive 31% increase in British tourists to Sri Lanka – a total of 95,320 visitors. 2011 is set to follow the same trend, stated the British High Commission in Colombo (BHC).
A beautiful country with plenty on offer – including near-perennially sunny weather! – Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, with the added benefit of limited travel restrictions, the BHC added.
The British government eased its travel advice to Sri Lanka in August 2010.
The Consular section of the British High Commission (BHC) in Colombo introduced an SMS alert system in April 2010, to inform British tourist regarding consular team’s contact details.
The Consular section also asks British nationals visiting Sri Lanka for more than a month to register themselves on the Consular database. This means visitors can quickly and easily get in touch with the Consular section and they are able to contact registered visitors in the event of an emergency.
Most recently, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) published a useful checklist for British tourists. This checklist suggests travellers: obtain travel insurance; seek medical advice on possible vaccinations required before travelling (such as the AH1N1 vaccination, ‘flu and measles shots etc.); take photocopies of passports and other essential documents; take enough money; fill in the emergency contact details section in their passports; store useful local numbers (such as the hotel where you are staying, the local police and the British High Commission/Embassy) and ensure they avoid drinking unsafe water and littering the places they visit.