Sri Lanka is still subject to Emergency Regulations and there are extensive anti-terrorism powers. This means that there are still heightened levels of security (e.g. checkpoints, road blocks) throughout the country.
Allegations persist that paramilitary groups operate in the areas known to be Tigers areas and there has been an increase in crime…so be smart.
If you propose to visit the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, Mannar and Vavuniya, you must obtain permission from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence beforehand. Do not attempt to travel without this permission.
Military led demining, weapons and ordnance clearance and IDP resettlement operations are ongoing in parts of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara Districts on the Eastern side of Sri Lanka. Always obey orders from the security forces and signs warning about the danger from land-mines. Do not venture from the roads or cleared footpaths and if in any doubt, contact the local security authorities for local advice. about 5 years ago
We felt safe everywhere we went in Sri Lanka during Nov 2011. We encountered minimal road checkpoints, probably only one going into the airport to leave Colombo. There is still a military presence with manned booths on the side of the road but this did not effect our travels. almost 5 years ago