UK Warns Citizens Travelling To Sri Lanka With Tattoos!

UK has warned citizens travelling to Sri Lanka about having tattoos of the Lord Bhudda following the deportation of a British tourist, barely three weeks after warning about spiked drinks at Southern resorts.

“British nationals have been refused entry to Sri Lanka or faced deportation for having visible tattoos of Buddha,” the travel advisory said. It added to warnings asking tourists not to pose for photographs by standing in front of a Bhudda statue or mistreat Bhuddist images or artefacts.

Earlier this week Naomi Coleman, a British nurse was arrested after entering the country, and after a court appearance before a magistrate was ordered to be deported.

“It is a terrible, hellish experience,” Coleman was quoted as saying by AFP, a news agency while at an immigration detention centre. “I am a practising Buddhist and meditate. That is why I have the tattoo — not out of disrespect for Buddhism.”

BBC has reported in March 2013 that Antony Ratcliffe, 42, who had said he got a tattoo of the Bhudda on his arm while in Burma was refused entry and questioned by immigration officials while on a 12 hour stopover. Sri Lanka is a majority Bhuddist nation.

Earlier this month, UK added another warning on spiking of drinks at resorts in Southern Sri Lanka to its travel advisory. “There have been reports of drinks being spiked with drugs in bars and restaurants in southern beach resorts,” the travel advisory warned.

“Be careful about taking drinks from strangers at bars and restaurants, and don’t leave drinks unattended.”

Since the end of 30-year war, warnings have been added over growing nationalism and weakening rule of law.

“Since the end of the military conflict in May 2009, there has been an increase in nationalism including at times anti-western rhetoric,” the advisory says.

“Organised and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.

“While there is no evidence to suggest that British nationals are at particular risk, gangs have been known to operate in tourist areas. A British national was killed during a violent attack by a gang in a tourist resort in December 2011.

“The Sri Lankan justice system can be slower than in the UK. There are currently a number of outstanding cases of crimes against British Nationals which have yet to reach trial.”

Britain is the top generator of tourists from Western Europe. Sri Lanka has drawn increasingly larger number of travellers after the end of the civil war.