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Travel Restrictions in Sri Lanka

 

Travel restrictions in Sri Lanka

Pre-arrival

  • No minimum number of days is required for a stay
  • No restrictive quarantine is required.
  • Have done a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to embarkation
  • Fully vaccinated travellers stay at any type of accommodation and no on arrival PCE test is required
  • Not fully vaccinated travellers stay in a Flexible bio bubble with all facilities of the hotels
  • made available and the ability to visit approved tourist sites.
  • Not Vaccinated travellers can have a great time under the protection of the Tourism Bio Bubble for a duration of 7nights/8days
  • Children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival and exit PCR /Rapid Antigen tests.
  • All visitors other than Fully Vaccinated individuals will pre-pay the mandatory PCR Tests (40 USD per PCR test)
  • All visitors to apply for the visa online through eta.gov.lk

 

Airport transfers

  • Your transport should be organized by a certified travel agent and should be completely private, with no mixing of groups during your journeys

 

Documents to Produce at The Airport

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken within 72 hours before embarkation (All travellers excluding children below 2 years).
  • Original vaccination certificate/card (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate/card is not in English or if relevant data are not indicated in English).
  • Travellers who have recovered from Covid 19 with one vaccination dose to submit a valid document (in English) certifying the information.
  • Completed Health Declaration Form

 

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

  • No on-arrival PCR test for “Fully Vaccinated” travellers.
  • Not-vaccinated Children:
    1. No on-arrival PCR test for Not-vaccinated children up to 12 years and they will be allowed to travel with their parents.
    2. Fully vaccinated travellers if accompanied by not-vaccinated / not-fully vaccinated children of 12-18 years, pay for an on-arrival PCR test at USD 40 per test.
    3. Travellers can pay for PCR tests at the Ministry of Health approved laboratory established at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) or any other MOH approved laboratory.

 

Not Fully Vaccinated Travellers

  • Travellers who have not received COVID-19 vaccination/not completed the recommended doses of vaccination/departed from abroad within less than 2 weeks of completion of recommended doses of vaccination will be considered as not fully vaccinated travellers.
  • Travellers who are vaccinated, yet not completed 2 weeks from the recommended doses of vaccination will be entitled to a shorter flexible bio-bubble period as below;
    1. Travellers will undergo the Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test on the completion of 14 days from the recommended doses of vaccination or 7 days after arrival (whichever comes first will apply). Upon negative PCR / Rapid Antigen test results, they will leave the bio-bubble.
    2. After verifying the status of vaccination and the completion of a 2-weeks post-vaccination period of 7 days after arrival and negative Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests results, the respective Safe & Secure L1 Hotel doctor / in charge will issue a “Discharge Document’’ and release the travellers from bio-bubble.
  • Not-Vaccinated Travellers will perform an Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test on Day 7. After the 7 days’ completion and verifying the negative PCR / Rapid Antigen test results, the respective Safe & Secure L1 Hotel doctor / in charge will issue a ‘’Discharge Document’’ and release the travellers from bio-bubble.

 

Travellers with a history of COVID-19

  • Travellers with a history of COVID-19, carrying a valid document certifying COVID-19 illness (in English) and departed between 28 - 90 days from the date of positive COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT)** will be considered under this category.
  • Such travellers should arrive after getting at least a single dose of Astra Zeneca/ Pfizer BioNTech/ Moderna/ Johnson & Johnson vaccine or any other single-dose COVID-19 vaccine recommended. This vaccine should be given 14 days after the positive NAAT** and 14 days before departure

 

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