British visitors urged to leave Sri Lanka

Saturday, 28 March 2020

British visitors have been urged to leave Sri Lanka as long as outbound flights are still operating. The British High Commission in Colombo advised all British visitors to leave while commercial flight options are still available.

British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton tweeted saying there are more than 100 seats available on tomorrow’s (29 March) SriLankan Airlines flight from Colombo to London.“We strongly advise British visitors in Sri Lanka to return to UK while these commercial options are still available,” the High Commission said.

The High Commission also noted that the Sri Lankan Government has announced visit visas will be extended to 12 April if necessary.

“The Government has confirmed that you can either visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo on 8-9 April to pay the relevant fee and get this endorsed in your passport; or complete the process at the airport on departure. Be aware that there could be long queues for this service at the airport,” the British High Commission said.

No new visas will be issued to British nationals currently outside Sri Lanka, and any British nationals arriving in Sri Lanka are now subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine period in military-run quarantine camps. A small number of tourists have reported problems with hotels trying to cancel bookings made by foreign visitors, and some incidents of harassment.