The United Kingdom on Friday relaxed the travel advisory issued to its citizens arriving Sri Lanka, announcing that its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office no longer advises against all but essential travel to the island nation. However, a notice issued by the UK government noted that the economic situation in Sri Lanka is challenging with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, cooking gas, fuel and food because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports. The statement went on to urge its citizens in Sri Lanka to be vigilant, avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings, and follow the advice of the local authorities.
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