Travelers to Sri Lanka and tourists are urged to be cautious and respect curfew imposed in the aftermath of the deadly attacks that killed more than 290 people on Easter Sunday.
In France, where the spokesman of the Quai d'Orsay "condemned" Sunday in the strongest way the terrible attacks perpetrated Sunday against churches where was celebrated the Easter mass and several hotels in Colombo ", two lines telephone numbers have been made available, one for travelers departing from France ( 01 43 17 51 00 ), and the other for those who are in Sri Lanka 00 94 11 26 39 442 .
"Many prefer to fall back on another destination"
"After the wave of attacks in April 2019, a curfew has been decreed for the entire national territory from 18h to 6 am It is recommended to follow the instructions of local authorities," also recalls the site of the Guide du Routard on his passenger information page.
"We are in contact with all our customers," said Rene-Marc Chikli, president of the French syndicate of tour operators (SETO), according to which most of the 400 customers left France on a package tour in Sri Lanka could be contacted. "The instruction we give to those who have the opportunity to postpone their departure is to wait a bit, but as we are in the middle of spring school holidays, many prefer to fall back on another destination depending on availability and budgets" , he added.
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Sunday's attacks touched Catholic churches and five-star hotels in many parts of the country, such as Cinnamon, which is "the biggest chain of hotels" in Sri Lanka, said René-Marc Chikli. The SETO plans to communicate on the evolution of the local situation "no later than Thursday, April 25" for departures April 26, he said.