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The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration & Emigration has announced that as of 1 August 2019, British nationals on short visits to Sri Lanka of up to 30 days can get a visa on arrival free of charge. See Visas

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. More than 250 people including tourists were killed in April 2019 in terrorist attacks that targeted churches and hotels. See Terrorism

Security has been stepped up across the island and a State of Emergency remains in place following the April 2019 attacks. Security is likely to be tightened for the annual Perehera celebration in Kandy in early August and other large cultural events. Checkpoints are likely to be in place for these events and authorities have advised visitors to the festival not to carry bags.

Dengue fever occurs throughout the country. See Health

Sri Lanka can be affected by severe weather such as like tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. A general alert has been issued by the Centre for Disaster Management over the onset of the South Western Monsoon (check local advice before setting out. See Natural disasters

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.