The Sri Lankan government has announced that they will be decreasing airline fees to encourage tourism to the island nation.

Following the Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, 2019, Sri Lanka experienced a 57 per cent decrease in overseas visits. Since tourism is Sri Lanka’s third-largest foreign currency earner, the government is pulling out all the stops to reassure travellers that the country is once again safe for travel.

The Colombo airport is reducing fees associated with embarkation, ground handling and fuel for six months, encouraging airlines to re-establish flight schedules and lower ticket prices.

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Sri Lanka is known for its enduring temples, pristine beaches and lush wildlife. Prior to the attacks, tourism had been on the rise among families, wellness enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, with the country welcoming 2.3 million sightseers in 2018.

As of July 2019, the Canadian government advises to exercise a high degree of caution when visiting the country but does not advise against all travel to the region. Before booking your flight, check the most recent travel advisory for the latest information.