Yes, you can. The country has not put a ban on foreign tourists. However, do establish contact with your place of stay before you board the flight.
It is not advisable to travel to Sri Lanka for pleasure, said at least three travel agents who spoke to The Quint, adding that the security situation in the country is not conducive for tourism at the moment.
Curfews may be imposed on short notice, particularly in Colombo, warned the advisories from both Canada and UK.
Uncertainty of Local Vendors
Neelam Kumar, from Madras Travels and Tours, said that while they plan multiple trips to Sri Lanka during the summer months, they are asking people to cancel them.
“We have advised those who have booked to cancel the trips. We are also not taking any fresh bookings. The main reason being, we are unable to reach any of the hotels or the local bus/car drivers. Even if you do reach Sri Lanka, where do you stay? How do you travel between places? Best to postpone the trip to two months later,” said Kumar.
Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head, Holidays, Thomas Cook (India), which also operates multiple tours to Sri Lanka, said that they were coordinating with stakeholders to help customers get back home.
A travel start-up that customises trip for tourists said that the uncertainty about security situation is also a primary reason behind their advice to postpone/cancel the trip.
Kumar added that while there are no reports of protests in parts other than Colombo, the power crisis has cut off other cities/tourist places in the country as well.
He also asked tourists to check the local bus and train timings, and to check if they are still operating before taking the decision to travel.