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While amazingly beautiful, Sri Lanka is still a developing country and you do need to be careful. It is a country still finding its feet, and at times, it can be very politically charged. This can lead to situations you would not normally expect. It is always a good idea to register with your embassy or an association connected to your embassy; some of these send out alerts in times of uncertainty which can be very reassuring, and even if they do not do this, they can still end up being a good sources of advice.
The most important thing to do in an emergency is to keep calm. Keep a level head, breathe and do not panic. The main priority is to get yourself and your loved ones to safety, and your best chance to do this is in a calm manner. In Sri Lanka, as in most countries, there is lots of fake news in times of emergency. There is a useful app called ‘WATCHDOG Sri Lanka’ that can help you filter out the fake news.
A mention is necessary, of the recent terror attacks that rocked Colombo this past Easter. The attacks shook all of us in Sri Lanka to the core and impacted our daily lives in different ways, small and large. The government and the armed forces, as well as international forces are continuing to do all they can to restore Sri Lanka to the peaceful haven it once was but it goes without saying that no one can be complacent when it comes to safety. We all need to be vigilant, and above all, supportive, particularly when it comes to those pesky checkpoints or that “unnecessary” bag search or car check. They are doing it for our safety.
T&T TIP: always carry some form of identification with you, in case you are stopped and need to show ID. In fact, this applies to any traveller, and even to non-travellers. Always have ID.