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Blogs from Tikalanka are designed to enhance your knowledge of Sri Lanka and Maldives and keep you up to date with recent developments. We intend to post regular features on travel, news, lifestyle and accommodation as well as guest articles from current and past customers, which will give you first-hand experience of Tikalanka, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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TikaWeeks #23-1/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 3rd June 2019

The relaxing of travel restrictions to Sri Lanka from European countries continues with the Netherlands. We again hope that the UK won’t be far behind. On another positive note, Sri Lanka has introduced an Environment Commemoration Week this year to celebrate World Environment Day on 05 June with various programmes aimed at addressing the principal environmental issues faced by the island nation.

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TikaWeeks #22/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 31st May 2019

In a positive move for Sri Lanka, now Italy has joined India, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden in following China’s lead in relaxing the travel ban to Sri Lanka this week. We hope that the UK won’t be far behind. President Maithripala Sirisena recently briefed the international diplomatic community about the progress of security operations and said that the situation is 99% secure now. He also expressed confidence that the state of emergency could lapse within a month.

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TikaWeeks #21-2/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 25th May 2019

Normalcy has been restored in the daily lives of the locals and highest security measures are currently in place in the country, according to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has requested the ambassadors and high commissioners to Sri Lanka to lift the travel restrictions imposed on Sri Lanka by their respective countries. However, current official UK travel advice remains unchanged – advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka.

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TikaWeeks #21-1/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 20th May 2019

Peace was officially declared on 18 May 2009 following 26 years of internal conflict in Sri Lanka. Ten years on, much has changed on the island: tourism is booming, countrywide infrastructure projects have been completed and there is a positively tangible optimism on the island, which will not be dulled by the recent terrorist atrocities. Religious, cultural and societal integration, equality and tolerance may be the only way forward for the future wellbeing of all peoples of Sri Lanka.

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TikaWeeks #20-2/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 18th May 2019

With travel insurance companies refusing to cover losses following holiday cancellations due to the current FCO travel advice against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, it is even more important to consider booking a Sri Lanka holiday with a reputable and established travel company like Tikalanka. We are reimbursing in full imminent holidays or retaining deposits as credit against future holiday bookings. Most of our airlines are offering full refunds for cancelled summer flights as well.

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TikaWeeks #20-1/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 17th May 2019

Political motivations have apparently contributed to the recent attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in Sri Lanka following the terrorist atrocities on Easter Sunday, with 'Buddhist extremists' blamed by the government for ransacking mosques and attacking shops across the island. The nationwide overnight curfew has been lifted but social media platforms are still banned in order to quell the unrest. Current official UK travel advice remains unchanged – advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka.

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TikaWeeks #19-6/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 10th May 2019

“Sri Lankan’s are among the most warm and nurturing people on earth, when guests arrive on our shore’s they become family… and when family is hurt the entire community comes together to protect, nurture, mourn and grieve and heal together… this is our way and it has been our way from the beginning of time." Kishu Gomes, Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism.

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TikaWeeks #19-5/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 10th May 2019

"Tourism is the largest employer in Sri Lanka and the growth in the past few years has uplifted tens of thousands across the country from hotel staff to tuk-tuk drivers to fishermen... I have taken the initiative together with our colleagues across the travel industry to come together as the 'Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance' with a website to serve as a single point of reference on developments." Malik Fernando, Managing Director, Resplendent Ceylon.

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TikaWeeks #19-4/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 9th May 2019

On Tuesday evening (07 May 2019), the President of Sri Lanka together with the heads of the Armed Forces and the Police addressed the Diplomatic community in Sri Lanka. The message he conveyed was that all of the terror group responsible for the 21 April 2019 attack have been either eliminated or arrested and the situation is well under control. He requested the Diplomatic community to relax the Travel Advisories soon, so that tourism could recommence to Sri Lanka.

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TikaWeeks #19-3/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 7th May 2019

Sri Lanka's security authorities have either killed or arrested all of those responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings that left 257 people dead, according to the police chief, Chandana Wickramaratne. He also said that public life was slowly returning to normal with the lifting of curfews imposed after the bombings.

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