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Tui extends cancellation of Sri Lanka holidays

Tui has extended the cancellation of holidays to Sri Lanka by almost two weeks as economic turmoil continues to grip the country.

The operator originally withdrew until May 31 after the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advised against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka due to ongoing political and economic instability. 

But Tui has now dropped its programme to Sri Lanka until June 12.

The company said that as a result of the FCDO advice “we’ve unfortunately had to cancel all holidays to Sri Lanka departing up to and including 12 June 2022.

“We will be proactively contacting all impacted customers in departure date order to discuss their options.”

The operation added: “Please note this advice does not apply to customers transiting through Sri Lanka’s international airport and customers currently in resort can continue to enjoy their holiday as planned.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and update customers should there be any further updates.”

A state of emergency exists in Sri Lanka with the FCDO warning Britons in the country to avoid avoid all protests and follow the advice of local authorities.

Its latest travel alert said: “The economic situation is deteriorating in Sri Lanka with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports. 

“There may be long queues at shops and supermarkets, fuel stations, and pharmacies. There are ongoing daily power cuts due to electricity rationing.”

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