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Sri Lanka Covid Entry Requirements For 2022

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Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is famous for its stunning range of biodiversity, its rich culture and, of course, its fiery cuisine. From the hustle and bustle of city life in Colombo, to its stunning tea plantations and unmissable beaches, travelers arrive on the shores of Sri Lanka in their droves and seldom leave disappointed – and it’s open right now for those who want to experience all it has to offer. Here are all the latest 2022 COVID-19 entry requirements for Sri Lanka all travelers need to know before booking their trip.

Entry Requirements For Countries Permitted to Visit Sri Lanka For Tourism

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

All travelers heading to Sri Lanka must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test result within 72 hours or a Rapid Antigen Test report within 48 hours prior to embarkation. Children below the age of 12 years old are exempt from this requirement, whilst Covid-19 self-tests are not accepted. Unvaccinated travelers will also need to take a test on Day 1 of their time in the country. 

Quarantine Entry Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to stay in quarantine when they are in Sri Lanka. Unvaccinated travelers must have a confirmed booking at a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure Certified’ hotel for up to 8 days. They will stay in a ‘Flexible bio-bubble’ with all facilities of the hotels made available and the ability to visit approved tourist sites. After 7 nights/8 days, they can go on to normal accommodation. 

Health Form

Prior to entering Sri Lanka, travelers must complete the Online Health Declaration form, which can be found here. They will have to upload their vaccination documents and Covid-19 test result, before being given a QR code that will be scanned upon arrival into the country. 

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements

Travelers heading to Sri Linka will need to purchase mandatory travel insurance from the country’s recommended provider. The insurance costs just $12 USD for one month of cover up to the value of $50,000, and must be activated on or before the traveler’s arrival date. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Sri Lanka

Travelers must wear masks in public places and on public transport in Sri Lanka, with fines handed out for those who break the rules. Social distancing is encouraged when possible. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can enter Sri Lanka at present. Unvaccinated travelers will face more restrictions, such as a Day 1 test and having to stay in ‘Safe and Secure Certified’ hotel.

Visa Entry Requirements For Sri Lanka During COVID-19

Typical pre-pandemic visa requirements are in effect in Sri Lanka. Travelers hoping to visit the country from the US must have either an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or a visa in order to enter. 

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Sri Lanka Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  • Ensure you have the correct visa type needed to enter 
  • Have a PCR or rapid antigen test result 
  • Purchase the mandatory insurance 
  • Fill in the Online Health Declaration in order to get the QR code needed to enter
  • Book a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure Certified’ hotel to stay in prior to visiting if unvaccinated 

Read More:

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Puerto Rico Removes Testing Requirement For Vaccinated American Travelers

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Stephan

Monday 31st of January 2022

Just returned from 3 weeks in Sri Lanka. All entry requirements exactely as stated in this article....

- Visa (USD 35) - Mandatory Health Insurance (12 USD) - Health Declaration (upload passport data, vaccination details and negative PCR test to get the QR code)

When you have all the above information together, procedures on arrival are smooth and easy - within 5 minutes have cleared all immigration procedures and was through.

Health insurance works. Not me, but one of my travel companions tested positive at the end of the trip (she went on Emirates through Dubai, which requires PCR test also for tansit when coming from Sri Lanka). She was transfered to a 4 star quarantine hotel in Colombo (with sea view at least), where she was well taken care of with good food and all necessary medical treatment (she didn't need any as she showed no symptoms). Finally this was all covered by the insurance, so after testing negative she just walked out of the facility and had nothing to pay.

Whenever possible and your country of destination doesn't require PCR test it is currently better to fly out on Qatar Airways than on Emirates. Qatar does not require PCR test for transit through Doha, and as Austria does not require PCR test for boostered travelers I could bypass it, as you never know if you test positive and end up like my fellow traveler....

Health protocols in Sri Lanka are quite strict, in the end did not walk a lot through cities and villages as you would have to wear your mask the whole day at 30 degrees. So I walked in nature, walked along the beaches and on our tour vehicle and restaurants we removed the masks as well. So we ended up in not wearing it a lot. Don't understand this measure, Sri Lankan people are very disciplined and never go anywhere without their mask. When entering restaurants or supermarkets, there is often somebody spraying your hands with sanitizer or taking your temperature. To be honest, had I known the health protocols were as strict I wouldn't have traveled to Sri Lanka right now. But as we could bypass big part of the measures it was still a great time in a beautiful country.

Garrett

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

@Stephan, "Sri Lankan people are very disciplined and never go anywhere without their mask." Sounds like hell. No thanks.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

Very informative and helpful! Thanks for sharing!

JMC

Monday 31st of January 2022

Trip planned in 2 weeks to Sri Lanka. Ive been following posts on TA and many people were talking about a "fit for fly" letter. This is not common in the US to get and honestly cant find anyone around that gives those out. Do you have any on the ground experiences that state just showing proof of a negative result will suffice?