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Dubai-based carrier Flydubai has suspended passenger flights to Colombo in Sri Lanka this month until further notice.

With the new developments in Sri Lanka, a curfew has been put in place in 7 areas of Colombo, including Colombo Central, Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Nugegoda, Kelaniya and Colombo North and South.

Flydubai has suspended flights between Dubai and Colombo Airport from 1 July 2022 until further notice. However, Flydubai confirmed that passengers who had already booked their flight tickets would be contacted and offered a refund soon. Flydubai’s flight suspensions come in the wake of the travel advisory by the UAE Embassy to Sri Lanka, requesting its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the country.

The UAE-based Emirates and Etihad Airways are currently operating regularly scheduled flights to and from Sri Lanka. From 14 July, there will be select return services from Colombo to Abu Dhabi, making a short stop to refuel at Cochin International Airport. All travellers are advised to double-check before making new flight bookings to Sri Lanka.

Countries like the UK, Singapore, Oman, Australia, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand have also revised their travel warnings and advised residents against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka.