New Delhi: The government on Saturday issued an advisory for travel to Sri Lanka, advising against all non-essential travel to the island nation.

The advisory follows the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in the country that killed 11 Indians among more than 250 people in eight explosions.

Besides India, the UK, too, has warned it’s nationals from travelling to Sri Lanka, whose popular beaches have attracted thousands of tourists from all over the world, especially since the end of a 26-year-old civil war in May 2009.

Indian tourists constitute a substantial chunk of foreign tourists arriving in the country.

“In case of those undertaking essential/emergency travels, they can contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy / Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance. The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission are available on the Mission’s website," the advisory said.

“The Government of Sri Lanka has beefed up the security in the country. A nationwide emergency, including night time curfew, is in place at present, which may also affect travel within Sri Lanka," it added.

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