United States in its latest travel advisory on cautioned its citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka because of the ongoing economic crisis and unrest in the island nation. Pointing to the shortage of fuel and medicines in Sri Lanka, the new advisory of the US has also described terrorist threats as a matter of concern.

State Department said in its latest travel advisory that, "Reconsider travel to Sri Lanka due to COVID-19 and fuel and medicine shortages. Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism."

Official advisory stated that, "There have recently been protests over the economic situation and queues at gas stations, grocery stores and some pharmacies. Protests have occurred throughout the country and have mostly been peaceful. In some instances, police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse protesters"

Referring to electricity cuts in the country, the advisory further states, "There have also been daily planned power outages across the island, as well as some unplanned power outages, as fuel for backup generators is increasingly scarce. Public transportation in some instances has been limited or curtailed. Travellers should monitor local media for updates on the ongoing situation."

Meanwhile, the US has also issued a Level-3 Travel Health Notice for Sri Lanka due to Kovid-19. 'Level-3' indicated a high level of coronavirus cases in the country.

US travel advisory stated that, "Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers"


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