Was the whole of Sri Lanka affected by the Easter Sunday Explosions?
The short answer is NO.
The more detailed explanation is provided in our post below:
Since the Easter Sunday Explosions on 21st April, tourists flying to Sri Lanka are looking to see if it’s safe to travel to and around the island. This post aims to answer and explore some of the aspects of those questions and provide information that can assist in making an informed decision.
The explosions took place on the 21st of April were at specific locations in the Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa areas. (please refer map. For a detailed breakdown of locations and timeline, download our PDF that provides a comprehensive brief of events). Extensive search operations and active investigations that have led to a number of arrests and new Intel have already been completed in these areas.
On 13th May clusters of disturbances and social unrest that broke out in the North Western & Gampaha areas were subdued by security forces with enforcement of curfew and stringent security measures.
At present over 1500 tourists are arriving in Sri Lanka daily and their travel itineraries to travel-hot-spots to other areas of Sri Lanka (including but not limited to Kandy, Unawattuna, Bentota, Mirissa, Galle, Nuwaraeliya, Ella, Jaffna, Sigiriya etc) remains unchanged. Realtime posts and video updates from tourists currently in Sri Lanka provides would-be travellers a clearer picture of the fact that the larger part of the island is unaffected, safe and open for travel.
Have tourists stopped traveling to Sri Lanka?
No, even in the period immediately following the Easter bombings, tourists continued to fly into the island as their travel itineraries did not cover any of the areas that were affected. Since then, tourist arrivals have been growing steadily
Was the whole of Sri Lanka affected by the Easter bombings?
No, the bombings took place in 4 specific areas on the island, Colombo (Collpetty & Dehiwela), Kochchikade, Katana and Batticaloa, the rest of the island was unaffected by the bombings.
Am I able to travel around Sri Lanka safely?
Yes, key travel destinations around the island remain accessible and secured and were not affected in any way from the Easter bombings given their significant distance from those areas.
Is curfew imposed in Sri Lanka right now?
No, curfew was lifted with businesses and the public returning to normal routines.