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What safety precautions must I take when travelling?

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According to accepted norms of travel you should deposit your valuables like money, passport, tickets, jewels etc in the hotel safe deposit locker. In accordance with international custom the Hotels in Sri Lanka are not responsible for objects lost in the room.

You should also not leave your valuables unattended on the beach, the balconies or terraces.

Never leave your money or passport in your backpack or suitcase. Always keep a record of your Travellers Cheque numbers separately from the Travellers Cheques.

It is wise to keep an amount of money (about US$ 200) stashed away separately from your money-belt or pouch.

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News - Government to devote additional resources to strengthen tourism police in 2018

The government of Sri Lanka has announced plans to strengthen its tourism police force in 2018, and has reportedly allocated some LKR 50 million (USD 320,000) to this end. Additionally, on Tuesday, December 26, the government gave the tourism new all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes to improve patrolling capabilities.

Authorities are strengthening security after receiving an increased number of complaints regarding the harassment of foreign tourists. Sri Lanka's tourism industry has been growing since the end of the country's 30-year civil war, which ended in 2009.

Individuals in Sri Lanka are advised to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to local authorities.

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