Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka?
Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka? It is a question that we answer very often because most travellers head on to Sri Lanka inquire about their safety when they arrived on the island. In the wake of increasing political disturbances and terrorist attacks around the world, most travellers are very concern about their safety while they travel. Mainly due to the large numbers of terrorist attacks taking place around the world, people are very concern about the safety while they travel on foreign soil. Sri Lanka also had a very grim period in the past with regards to the safety due to the terrorist attacks. Therefore the travellers still pay extra attention to safety matter before heading to Sri Lanka.
If someone asks is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka? The answer is YES, it is totally safe to travel to Sri Lanka. As many countries in the region suffered from political instability, terrorist attacks, civil unrest pose threat to the travellers, Sri Lank provides the most secure environment for a peaceful holiday within its borders. In fact, Sri Lanka is one of the safest holiday destinations in the world. That’s why Sri Lanka attracts more than 2 million tourists a year. The tourist can travel to any part of the island without any fear.
Sri Lanka was a safe country for foreign travellers even in the past and there were not terrorist attacks targeting foreign travellers. But, less than a decade ago, a large number of travellers refrain from travelling to Sri Lanka due to the travel advisories issued by many countries around the world. The main reason for the travel advisory is the political unrest prevailed in the north and east Sri Lanka. The effect of northern political unrest felt in the rest of the country as well with occasional terrorist attacks. But the tourists were never targeted in these attacks. Even after ending the political unrest in 2009, still, some tourists have doubt about the safety.
The civil war, which started in 1983, was ended in 2009. The war and rumours in foreign countries kept a large number of intimidated travellers kept away from the island. The island was visited around 500000 tourists a year during the war. The number of foreign tourist in several rebel-held areas in northern and eastern Sri Lanka was not safe to travel. Therefore a number of travellers in the north and east Sri Lankan was very negligible. The pristine beaches and historical and important religious sites were isolated for more than 30 years.
The terrorist had been the main reason for the underperformance of the tourism industry in the country and the island is visited by only around 500000 tourists a year during the war. Even though only the north and eastern part of the island was not suitable for travellers, due to the false rumours in the foreign countries made unnecessary fear of travelling to Sri Lanka. Even though only the north-east Sri Lanka was affected during the war, most travellers did not wish to choose Sri Lanka for their holidays, mainly due to the false rumours about safely in Sri Lanka.
After ending the war in north and east the tourist traffic started to move in the direction of northern Sri Lanka because it was safe to travel to northern Sri Lanka. As all the rebel-controlled areas came under the government control entire country had become a safe holiday destination in the world. Since then all countries around the world withdrew their travel advisories that issued against Sri Lanka. As the government around the world issued the green light for its travellers who are heading to Sri Lanka, the island had become a holiday hot-spot in southern Sri Lanka.
Since the end of the civil war, now there is a remarkable development in the tourism sector. Large numbers of hotels were built within last few years and big players such as Shangri-La are among the companies, who invested in the island. The most noteworthy change was seen in the north and east of Sri Lanka. With the opening of north and east to travellers after more than 30 years, a large number of foreign and well as local travellers started to head on to these unexplored areas, creating a massive demand for tourism-related services. Therefore a large number of hotels, restaurants and many other accommodation providing institutions bubbled up, making it a new source of income for people in the area.
All in all, it is very safe to travel to Sri Lanka, but there are few areas in north and east coast of Sri Lanka where you need to be careful while travelling. This is mainly due to the land mines. During the 30 years of civil war, a large number of landmines were buried in some parts of northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The mine clearance was carried out for many years, after the war by the Sri Lankan government forces and many non-governmental organizations, but still, there are few areas that are not cleared yet. So, if you happened to travel to remote areas of northern and eastern Sri Lanka it is highly advisable not to penetrate unclear woods.
Today Sri Lanka is a very safe holiday destination in the world and the island is ranked among the best places to live in the region. In fact, Sri Lanka is the best country to live among the south Asian countries. Recently federal Bureau of America affirms the safety of Sri Lanka to its citizen by lowering the risk level to its minimum level on par with most peaceful countries around the world. Guardian and travel trend 2 of the most trusted travel magazines in the world has identified Sri Lanka as one of the top holiday destinations to travel in the world. They have considered many factors in deciding these 10 destinations while safety was one of the key factors.
Below are the top 10 destination s to travel according to travel trends
- Brazil 2. Nicaragua 3. Seoul, South Korea 4. Taipei, Taiwan 5. Mykonos, Greece 6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 7. Panama 8. Siem Reap, Cambodia 9. Colombo, Sri Lanka 10. Gold Coast, Australia