Sri Lanka – UK Foreign Office Update – 29 May
It is now over a month since the bombing outrage in Sri Lanka. The island is returning to normality, although rather reassuringly you do see more evidence of security as you travel around the island. This is especially in the more developed areas. Some European countries such as Germany and France have already revised their travel advice for Sri Lanka. They now show travel, but with caution – a statement that could be applied to 90% of the countries around the world.
The UK Foreign Office travel advice still shows Only Travel If Essential. This is under review by the UK Government and we expect some news in the next few days. History has shown us over the years the UK tends to be one of the last countries to change negative travel advice. Good job the world doesn’t see the UK in the same way when we have experienced terrorist attacks. Within hours we have Government ministers pleading with tourists to remain resilient and to continue to travel .
In my view, Sri Lanka is probably safer now than it has been for years and I would have no hesitation in travelling again to the island. However, we are restricted by UK travel advice as it currently stands.
Mount Agung Bali Erupts – Once Again – 28 May
Mount Agung in Bali has erupted once more. Dramatic headline yes, but it seems to happen every 5 months. Airport closes due to haze, flights disrupted but within 24 hours it is yesterday’s news and everything is calm and open . Indonesia sits on the so-called Ring of Fire. It has 129 active volcanoes spread over the 17,000 plus islands, and eruptions and earthquakes are almost a daily occurrence. During my frequent travels to the country, I have experienced minor earthquakes several times. Anything less than 5 on the Richter scale hardly has the locals breaking stride or smile , its just not considered news worthy .
If you travel to Indonesia, yes you might see a volcano bubbling in the distance, or have an earth shudder. That is the reality of the area, but for the vast majority of travellers, there will be no direct impact at all.
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