Foreign office issues Sri Lanka travel warning to British visitors

As Sri Lanka suffers another wave of terror attacks, the Foreign Office has issued updated travel advice for the thousands of British tourists on the island.

At around 8.45am local time on Easter Sunday, a coordinated series of explosions at churches and hotels in Colombo and other towns on the island killed more than 100 people.

Police say at least nine foreigners have died.

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The latest warning says: “There have been a number of explosions in Sri Lanka, including Colombo, on Sunday 21 April.

“Please follow the instructions of local security officials and follow travel advice for updates.”

The FCO issues updates on Twitter.

Around 8,000 British tourists are believed to be in Sri Lanka, as well as several thousand long-term expatriate residents on the island.

In addition, many UK citizens with Sri Lankan heritage are on the island for the Easter break.

The minister of economic reform, Harsha de Silva, tweeted: “Rescue operations underway. Please stay calm and indoors. Many casualties including foreigners.”

He reported that the Shangri La Hotel had been hit. The five-star hotel has 541 rooms and suites.

The daily SriLankan Airlines flight from Heathrow landed at Colombo airport four hours after the attack began. It had left the UK at 9.30pm on Saturday night.

Until the situation becomes clearer the Foreign Office is not warning against travel to Sri Lanka, and therefore current holidaymakers and those with future bookings to the island are not able to cancel without penalty.

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