Holidaymakers planning to visit Sri Lanka are being advised to reconsider their travel plans in the wake of the recent horrific bomb attacks, which left at least 321 people dead and more than 500 injured.
A series of coordinated terrorist attacks rocked the country on Easter Sunday. The attacks took place as Christian worshippers attended services to mark the religious occasion, while bombs were also detonated in a number of luxury hotels in the country.
The Australian government’s Smartraveller website advises: “Think seriously about whether you need to travel here due to the high level of risk. If you do travel, do your research and take a range of extra safety precautions, including having contingency plans. Check that your travel insurer will cover you.”
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However, travel-goers who want to postpone or cancel travel to Sri Lanka in the wake of the terrorist attack will not be covered, Sophie Walsh, insurance specialist at finder.com.au, told Travel at 60.
“I guess the biggest piece of advice for readers is to have a look at their travel insurance policy and what they’ll find is many of the insurers won’t cover related costs to any terrorism incidents or for countries where the travel warning has been upgraded to reconsider your needs to travel which is what is the case in Sri Lanka,” Walsh said.
“Travel insurance will take it on a case-by-case basis, but it’s unlikely you’ll covered for cancelling your trip simply because you no longer want to travel anymore because of the terrorism threat.”