United States State department announced that it is lifting the travel restrictions on Sri Lanka, the island nation is mentioned by many sources as the top travel destination in 2010.
“The Travel Warning issued for Sri Lanka on November 19, 2009 has been cancelled, effective May 26, 2010, Department of State has cancelled the Travel Warning for Sri Lanka due to improvements in safety and security conditions throughout the country.” the State Department said in an announcement. “The Government of Sri Lanka declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on May 18, 2009. Since the war’s declared end, the LTTE has not mounted any attacks in Colombo or elsewhere in Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lanka warmly welcomed the change;
“We welcome the State Department’s decision recognition of Sri Lanka as a peaceful and prosperous nation that is of course safe for visitors, We have been working with the State Department for some time to lift this warning, and I am heartened that it has occurred during Minister Peiris’ Washington visit.” said the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.