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.
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.
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.
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
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories