Indians visiting Sri Lanka advised to beware of fuel situation and currency convertibility


ECONOMYNEXT – Even though several European governments have relaxed their travel advisories issued for Sri Lanka, India has advised its citizens who are in or are traveling to the island nation to take precautionary measures, especially regarding the availability fuel and currency convertibility.

“Our endeavor is to prevent any untoward incidents involving Indians outside India. We therefore encourage Indians to exercise caution and caution while in Sri Lanka,” the Indian ministry spokesperson said. of External Affairs, Arindam Bagachi, quoted by Indian media on Thursday August 25.

“They should consider all relevant factors including currency convertibility and fuel situation before embarking on any essential travel to Sri Lanka.”

He advised Indian citizens to be very careful, adding that the Indian High Commission is in contact with local authorities for the safety of Indian nationals in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is going through its worst economic crisis in its 74-year post-independence history.

However, weeks-long fuel queues eased somewhat after the launch of a QR code-enabled rationing system that aimed to end fuel hoarding that some experts say has dried up bunkers .

On Friday, several European countries – the UK, France, Norway and Switzerland – removed their travel warnings issued for Sri Lanka.

Indians remained the top travelers to Sri Lanka this year, with nearly 79,000 of the island’s 490,000 visitors across the Palk Strait. (Colombo/August 26, 2022)

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