TUI cancels more holidays to popular destination

TUI has been forced to cancel more holidays until next month.

The tour operator has confirmed that trips to Sri Lanka will no longer go ahead until at least June 12.

TUI originally cancelled holidays to the country until May 31 due to the current economic shortage causing a lack of essentials such as fuel and medicine.

However, the holiday cancellations have since been extended, and this date could be bumped forward again if the situation continues to escalate.

TUI's statement said: "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."

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Brits who are travelling through Sri Lanka to another destination are not affected by the cancellations.

It follows the Foreign Office guidance update which now advises against all travel to Sri Lanka following a number of protests.

The advice states: "The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to ongoing political and economic instability.

"This advice does not apply to airside transit through Sri Lanka’s international airport.

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"A State of Emergency has been declared in Sri Lanka, and curfews are being imposed at short notice."

"Several incidents took place on 9 May involving violence against peaceful protesters, including in the Galle Face area in Colombo, where the security authorities used tear gas and water cannons.

"Incidents also took place near Beira Lake in Colombo, Kandy, and in other parts of the country, resulting in injuries and loss of life. Further incidents could take place.

"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."

The current crisis has been caused by a number of factors, including a drop in tourism during the Covid pandemic, as well as huge tax cuts and massive debts to other countries such as China, while protests started following a 13-hour daily power cut introduced back in March to save energy.

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