Australia’s official travel advice had warned people ‘‘do not travel’’ to the former separatist Tamil Tiger strongholds around Jaffna on the island’s north.
But this afternoon the Foreign Affairs department issued a note to say the warning had been updated.
‘‘We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at this time because of the high risk of politically motivated violence,’’ it reads.
‘‘We no longer advise against travel to the northern province of Sri Lanka.’’
The travel advice draws on information — including intelligence assessments — and is said to be under constant review.
The advice is intended to be separate of political considerations and has often proved an irritant in relations with other countries.
The Sydney Morning Herald news paper reports.