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Information for policyholders following the Sri Lanka bombings

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 26 April 2019 | Created: 26 April 2019

The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings in which about 250 people died.

The Foreign Office says terrorists are very likely to try to carry out indiscriminate attacks there, including in places visited by foreigners.

Eight Britons were among those killed by suicide bombers at churches and luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. More than 500 people were injured.

Our thoughts are with anyone who has been impacted by this atrocity.

The Foreign Office has issued advice to any Britons still in Sri Lanka:

  • Remain vigilant, keep up to date with developments and follow the advice of local security authorities and hotel security staff
  • Keep a low profile, avoid crowded public places, large gatherings, including religious gatherings and places of worship, and any demonstrations.
  • Avoid travelling during periods of curfew (other than to or from the airport)
  • Keep in touch with family and friends and make them aware of any plans you may have

Colombo Airport is operating but with increased security checks and long queues.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he hoped to be able to change the travel advice once the current security operation had concluded.

“My first priority will always be the security of British citizens living and travelling abroad.

“We all hope the situation will return to normal very soon, and that the Sri Lankan tourism industry is able to get back on its feet following the terrorist attacks.

If you are a policyholder with an AllClear Gold or Gold Plus policy who has not yet travelled

Any claims for cancellation would be covered provided your policy was purchased prior to 21st April, which is when the attacks occurred and at which point , this became a known event.