Sri Lanka is a tiny island, rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity which has played a pivotal in developing Sri Lanka’s rich heritage. A rare gift has been bestowed upon this holiday destination fortifying it with tropical weather, miles and miles of sea beaches and a secluded cosy hillside.
Historically famed for its strategic location, Sri Lanka has always been a popular businesses and trade hub. The country originally famous for its tea, rubber and coconut, has recently seen a rapid growth in the tourism sector ranking it amongst the top 20 destinations to visit.
What makes Sri Lanka unique is the resilience it has shown despite two significant episodes of disaster that almost crippled the nation for a number of years in the past. A long standing ethnic conflict and a fatal Tsunami that convinced the people that peace was of immeasurable value. These two devastating incidents truly tested the country’s capacity for strategic thinking, readiness of highly skilled armed forces, provision of security and the ability bounce back and rebuild the economy towards positive growth. Successfully ending a 25 year old war to achieve many strong milestones and years of freedom has been strong proof of the country’s immaculate management of security and its forces.
In the wake of the recent tragedy many undoubtedly were left shocked and confused. A country which has not only emerged victorious from organised attacks but also safe to travel at any time of the day – most importantly a country with some of the best armed and security forces, facing this was unimaginable.
Truly unfortunate and unexpected, as all conflict was in the past. However owing to its vast experience in handling matters of security the country took immediate measures and completed all investigations taking corrective actions within weeks, ensuring that any imminent threats were irradiated and the country was made safe again.
Which brings us to the big question. Is Sri Lanka safe to travel now? The answer is yes. It is. Many tourists are already venturing in, despite the initial warning signs, while many countries including China and Switzerland have lifted the travel ban to Sri Lanka considering the fast turnaround and the upholding of peace by the citizens. The first point of reference is commencement of all schools with children carrying on with their daily routine. It is evident in a country where children are free and mobile, that the security and safety of public places and schools have been restored. In addition strict security measures have been taken especially focusing on places patronized by children, tourists, general public, international representatives and clergy.
Following are some of the key initiatives taken to ensure security to the public at large that would possible give you some comfort, though it’s always good for you to take safety precautions as well.
- With vast experience of historical events which have been successfully overcome, Sri Lanka has an excellent military structure.
- Possibly a rare example from the world, Sri Lankan citizens demonstrated exemplary behavior on the days following tragedy with no ethnic conflicts between the two communities affected. Perhaps the only country where the public promoted peace and unity as a prioritized message while joining in solidarity, protecting each other’s places of worship and providing refuge to fellow citizens.
- Sri Lanka has implemented a vigilant security system with trained military personnel at every hotel, public place, school and also main roads. Be sure to carry identification or your passport as that would help expedite the checking and scanning.
- Police stations are located around the country with easy access to officers at any time of the day.
- Travel guides and personal security escorts can be provided at request. Should you require this service speak with your travel agent.
- Sri Lankan taxi service is very safe and shares driver details, vehicle number and phone number. You have multiple options like Kangaroo, Pick me and Uber.
- The country is relatively safe for ladies to travel alone, however we suggest that you be vigilant and avoid going out alone at night.
- As cautioned with any traveler, it would be advisable to store valuables in safe or locked cupboard.
Sri Lanka is now stabilizing in economy and in almost every place normalcy is restored with the public commencing their usual routine. The busy roads are back to its usual hustle and bustle, restaurants are full of foodies and heritage sites are patronized by travelers from many countries. A country with happy smiles and positive energy, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean envelopes you in its warm hospitality and will continue to be the paradise island of beauty and serenity. The Sri Lankan smile will forever stay in your heart.