|US renews travel warnings to
The United States has again updated its
travel warning to Sri Lanka, following Monday’s surprise LTTE
attack in Yala targeting an army detachment.
The most recent travel advisory has alerted American citizens
traveling to or living in Sri Lanka, about the continuing danger
of terrorist actions against military, government, and economic
targets in certain areas of the country.
The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
in its most latest advisory issued on Friday specifically warns
Americans against travel to northern and eastern areas of Sri
“While the government has effectively controlled the eastern
part of the country since July 2007, security is not yet
assured. Some LTTE members and larger numbers of armed
paramilitary members are active in the area, leading to
instability and incidents of violence. This situation is likely
to continue for some time. Americans are particularly warned
against travel to LTTE-controlled areas in the north, which may
pose severe hazards,” the advisory noted.
While emphasizing that official travel by U.S. Government
personnel to areas north of a line following the highway from
Puttalam through Anuradhapura to Polonaruwa, Bibile, and
Pottuvil in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka is
restricted, the advisory noted that unofficial travel is
The Department also alerted American citizens to the dangers
posed by recent acts of terrorism throughout Sri Lanka.
“Although other parts of the country remain largely unaffected,
the LTTE has conducted attacks outside of the northern and
eastern areas,” the advisory noted citing the attacks on the
Katunayake Air Force Base, the two oil facilities area and the
most recent attack in the Yala National Sanctuary.