ITAA Advice to Travellers in Sri Lanka
TRAINING DATE: 08/08/2019
ITAA Statement Following Bombings in Sri Lanka
Dublin, 25th April 2019 Following a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday 21 April, the Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) is advising affected holidaymakers in the country to follow the advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lankan local authorities and accommodation providers.
Travellers are advised to stay indoors where possible and to avoid large gatherings. Travellers should be aware that travel restrictions and curfews are in place across the island causing disruptions to travel plans. If you are affected you should contact your tour operator or travel accommodation provider.
The airport is still operating but there are increased security to measures in place. Some airlines are advising travellers to arrive early for check-in in order to allow time for security screening. There is a national curfew in place, but passengers are still able to travel to the airport, providing you have both a passport and ticket valid for travel that day.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising travellers in the country who have been directly affected by the attacks, or for those who are concerned about family or friends who are caught up in the incidents in Sri Lanka, to contact the Irish Honorary Consulate in Colombo on +94 (11) 258 7895 or the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 (1) 408 2000.
Those intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised to follow the directions of the Department of Foreign Affairs who are currently advising travellers to exercise a high degree of caution. Latest travel updates can be found on the Department’s twitter account @dfatravelwise.
The ITAA recommend that intending travellers maintain contact with their travel adviser and tour operator for travel updates.
The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.
For further information please contact:
Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org 01 668 0600/ 085 2336033
Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, Lauren.email@example.com, 01 668 0600/ 087 238 0853