TUI has cancelled all trips to a popular holiday destinations.
If you were looking forward to jetting off to Sri Lanka any time soon, you might have to change your plans.
TUI has cancelled flights to the popular spot until at least May 31 due to the country’s economic crisis, which has resulted in protests.
Protests have been ongoing since March 31, but with no signs of the situation easing up, the Foreign Office implemented a change in advice, urging travellers not to visit, unless essential.
TUI released a statement regarding the change: “Due to the ongoing political and economic instability in Sri Lanka, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) have advised against all but essential travel.
“As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel all holidays to Sri Lanka departing up to and including 31 May 2022.
“We will be proactively contacting all impacted customers in departure date order to discuss their options.
“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.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding at this time.”
The Foreign Office warned travellers that “several incidents took place on 9 May involving violence against peaceful protesters”, this includes areas in Colombo and Kandy.
They added that “further incidents could take place.”
TUI customers can usually expect to be offered a refund or the option to rebook their holiday at a later date.
Not all airlines and tour operators have cancelled trips to Sri Lanka just yet, so you will have to check if your holiday has been affected.
You may also be able to receive a refund for any booked accommodation, but this will depend on the conditions of your booking policy.
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