UPDATE: July 24 – News coming out of Sri Lanka suggests they are delaying the reopening date once again. A new wave of cases mixed with uncertainty has Sri Lanka now postponing the reopening to an ‘unknown date'.
The tourism and aviation minister stated: “we cannot give an exact date for the reopening of the airport.”
UPDATE: June 28th – Sri Lanka has decided to delay reopening the country to foreigners for at least two weeks until the middle of August at the earliest. We will update this page with the revised date once it becomes available.
Originally, Sri Lanka officially set a reopening for tourism date on August 1, 2020 – allowing all countries and nations to visit.
This date has now been delayed.
As long as visitors agree to bringing a negative PCR test with them, and agree to have another test upon arrival, there is no quarantine period.
Sri Lanka is a nation that has been soaring in popularity over the past years, drawing in tourists who are looking for the next undiscovered paradise. It’s even been called ‘The New Bali’ by expats and nomads who have set their sights on the island nation off the coast of India.
Since shutting their borders in March, the tourism sector which supports over 12% of the nations GDP, has been devastated. The recent announcement that Sri Lanka is reopening its borders for tourism has given many struggling locals a new hope for their businesses.
Visitors from all countries and of all nationalities are welcome to visit Sri Lanka in August, unlike some other countries who have only announced reopening’s to close neighbors.
However, there are some things you need to know before you travel to Sri Lanka, including how to get a Visa, plus the covid regulations for entering the country.
Which Countries Can Visit Sri Lanka?
The Sri Lankan government has stated that all countries and nationalities are welcome to come when they open the borders on August 1st
What Are The Rules For Entry into Sri Lanka?
In order to be granted access to Sri Lanka after Aug 1, here’s what all tourists will need:
- A valid visa; this will be issued for 30 days and extendable for up to 6 months after arrival. Online visa at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
- Proof of accommodation and at least a 5 day stay in the country
- Proof of health insurance for duration of stay
- Proof of return ticket
- A negative Covid PCR test is required prior to boarding your flight and on arrival in Sri Lanka. The test should be no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
- Another Covid PCR test will be given to arrivals. There is no charge for this test
- 4-5 days into your vacation, another test will be given at your accommodation by a mobile test unit
- For travelers staying more than 10 days, a 3rd test will be given
- To adhere to all health advisories in place (like social distancing and hand washing)
Sri Lanka is readying to welcome travellers from across the world with safety guidelines and precautionary measures.— Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (@sltda_srilanka) June 5, 2020
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Is there a mandatory quarantine period on arrival in Sri Lanka?
No. If travellers follow all of the above advice, they will not have a quarantine period upon arrival.
However, if they are tested upon arrival and they test positive, quarantine in a designated hotel or hospitalisation will take place depending on the details of the case.
Have Flights Resumed to Sri Lanka?
Yes. For August 1st and onwards, international flights will be arriving into 3 airports; Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA], Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA] and Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport [MRIA]
Airlines are starting to reinstate their Sri Lanka routes and flights be will added constantly as demand resumes. As of June 16th, here are some cities/airlines that have already rescheduled flights for August
- London on SriLankan Air
- Tokyo on SriLankan Air
- Beijing on SriLankan Air
- Shanghai on SriLankan Air and China Eastern
- Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific
- Bangkok on SriLankan Air
- Singapore on SriLankan Air and Singapore Airlines
- Jakarta on SriLankan Air
- Maldives on SriLankan Air
- New Delhi on SriLankan Air, Vistara and GoAir
- Mumbai on SriLankan Air and Vistara
- Dubai on SriLankan Air and FlyDubai
Expect more flights to be added throughout late summer and into the fall, especially from Europe.
Disclaimer: Sri Lanka’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling.
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