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Airlines Updates

20.10.2020 SriLankan Airlines during the month of November 2020 schedules following International service, based on schedule update as of 19OCT20. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation, which may see booking restrictions on certain service.

Colombo – Dhaka 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Doha 2 weekly A330-200/-300
Colombo – Dubai 2 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Frankfurt 2 weekly A330-300
Colombo – London Heathrow 2 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Male 6 weekly A321/330-300
Colombo – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Paris CDG 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Seoul Incheon 1 weekly A330-200
Colombo – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Singapore 2 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Sydney 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly A330-300

Published on 06.10.2020
SriLankan Airlines adds Seoul service in W20

26.08.2020 SriLankan Airlines during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following service, on board Airbus A330-200/-300. Following operations is based on OAG schedules listing as of 23AUG20, however the airline may file additional changes in the next few days.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights and operation.

Colombo – Dhaka 1 weekly
Colombo – Frankfurt 1 weekly
Colombo – London Heathrow 3 weekly
Colombo – Male 3 weekly
Colombo – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly
Colombo – Paris CDG 1 weekly
Colombo – Sydney 1 weekly
Colombo – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly

One-time Colombo – Minsk service with A330-300 also scheduled on 06SEP20.

03.08.2020 SriLankan Airlines during the month of August 2020 continues to operate limited International service. As of 31JUL20, planned operation includes following routes.

Colombo – Frankfurt 2 weekly A330-300
Colombo – London Heathrow
 3 weekly
Colombo – Male 3 weekly A321/330
Colombo – Melbourne 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Milan Malpensa 1 weekly A330-200/-300
Colombo – Paris CDG 2 weekly A330-200
Colombo – Shanghai Pu Dong eff 21AUG20 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Sydney 1 weekly A330-300
Colombo – Tokyo Narita 2 weekly A330-300

Published on 07.07.2020
SriLankan Airlines files Paris limited schedule in late-July 2020

Published on 29.06.2020
SriLankan Airlines July 2020 operations as of 26JUN20

Published on 23.06.2020
SriLankan Airlines plans to resume flights to some destinations including China

Published on 08.06.2020
Jetstar Asia delays Colombo launch to August 2020

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Sri Lanka
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are required to hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Sri Lanka, and will be subject to a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Passengers travelling to Sri Lanka must hold proof of booked accommodation in Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) registered and ‘Safe and Secure’ certified establishments for a minimum stay of 5 nights, and have valid travel insurance with health and hospitalization coverage for the entire duration of their stay. Passengers must have booked accommodation in close proximity to their arrival airport in Sri Lanka for their first night until the results of the on arrival Covid-19 PCR test are received.
  • Passengers must submit a completed Health Declaration Form (HDF) on arrival in Sri Lanka.
  • The issuance of all types of visa is currently suspended.
  • Passengers holding a visa, resident visa or an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) issued by Sri Lanka before the suspension are not permitted to enter Sri Lanka.
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Flight Restrictions

published 27.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated.

Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must be in English.

All international flights are suspended
Flights to Sri Lanka are suspended until 31 December 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian and repatriation flights.

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Quarantine

published 27.11.2020

Home/self isolation
Passengers are subject to medical screening and self-quarantine.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All entrants must now take a PCR test. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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Full Restrictions

  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Authorities impose lockdown in several areas of Colombo, Gampaha districts (WION, 16.11.2020). Authorities impose lockdown in several areas of Colombo, Gampaha districts (WION, 16.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are currently operating some outbound flights to/from Sri Lanka. Due to the increase in PCR testing as a result of the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases, the government of Sri Lanka have currently suspended the requirement for all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. The requirement could be reinstated at short notice.
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Inbound flights operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals are currently suspended. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals, and the government of Sri Lanka is not currently issuing visas to travel to the country. On 27 October, the government announced a 60-day visa extension (until 5 December) for all foreigners currently in Sri Lanka. The procedure for extension has not been confirmed, however passengers leaving the country during this period can pay the relevant fee at the airport without penalty. For further enquiries, call: 070 710 1050. Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan Embassy for advice. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits.
    *Transiting Sri Lanka: Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
    *Quarantine requirements: 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, usually followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. All arriving passengers must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    On 6 November, Sri Lanka’s health ministry designated Sri Lanka under its COVID-19 Risk Alert Level 3. This stipulates a range of measures which could affect travellers to Sri Lanka. For further information please refer to guidelines via Newswire and follow the advice of the local authorities.
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local lockdown in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. A quarantine curfew imposed in the Western Province has been lifted. However several areas within the Colombo Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalla and Kurunegala districts will remain isolated until further notice. Under isolation orders, travel in or out of these areas is not permitted. Further lockdowns and quarantine curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    *Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    *Public places and services: Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open in areas which are not under quarantine curfew, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    26.11.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Transport services resume in Western Province after curfew lifted (Colombo Page, 09.11.2020). Curfew imposed in Western Province will be lifted on 9 November (Xinhua, 08.11.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are currently operating some outbound flights to/from Sri Lanka. Due to the increase in PCR testing as a result of the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases, the government of Sri Lanka have currently suspended the requirement for all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. The requirement could be reinstated at short notice.
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Inbound flights operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals are currently suspended. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals, and the government of Sri Lanka is not currently issuing visas to travel to the country. On 27 October, the government announced a 60-day visa extension (until 5 December) for all foreigners currently in Sri Lanka. The procedure for extension has not been confirmed, however passengers leaving the country during this period can pay the relevant fee at the airport without penalty. For further enquiries, call: 070 710 1050. Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan Embassy for advice. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits.
    *Transiting Sri Lanka: Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
    *Quarantine requirements: 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, usually followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. All arriving passengers must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local lockdown in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. A quarantine curfew imposed in the Western Province has been lifted. However several areas within the Colombo Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalla and Kurunegala districts will remain isolated until further notice. Under isolation orders, travel in or out of these areas is not permitted. Further lockdowns and quarantine curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    *Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    *Public places and services: Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open in areas which are not under quarantine curfew, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    09.11.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: All buses and trains to, from Western province suspended as curfew imposed (Economy Next, 29.10.2020). All long-distance, intercity express trains will be canceled from 26 October because of curfew imposed in Colombo Fort Police Division (Colombo Page, 25.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are currently operating some outbound flights to/from Sri Lanka. Due to the increase in PCR testing as a result of the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases, the government of Sri Lanka have currently suspended the requirement for all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. The requirement could be reinstated at short notice.
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Inbound flights operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals are currently suspended. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals, and the government of Sri Lanka is not currently issuing visas to travel to the country. On 27 October, the government announced a 60-day visa extension (until 5 December) for all foreigners currently in Sri Lanka. The procedure for extension has not been confirmed, however passengers leaving the country during this period can pay the relevant fee at the airport without penalty. For further enquiries, call: 070 710 1050. Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan Embassy for advice. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits.
    *Transiting Sri Lanka: Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
    *Quarantine requirements: 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, usually followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. All arriving passengers must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local lockdown in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. A quarantine curfew currently in place in the Western Province, including Colombo, has been extended until Monday 9 November. Some food outlets and pharmacies may be open for essential items only. Some categories of workers will be permitted to travel for essential business in line with government guidelines. Further lockdowns and quarantine curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    You should follow the media for updates or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    *Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    *Public places and services: Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open in areas which are not under quarantine curfew, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    01.11.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: All buses and trains to, from Western province suspended as curfew imposed (Economy Next, 29.10.2020). All long-distance, intercity express trains will be canceled from 26 October because of curfew imposed in Colombo Fort Police Division (Colombo Page, 25.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are currently operating some outbound flights to/from Sri Lanka. Due to the increase in PCR testing as a result of the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases, the government of Sri Lanka have currently suspended the requirement for all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. The requirement could be reinstated at short notice.
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Inbound flights operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals are currently suspended. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals, and the government of Sri Lanka is not currently issuing visas to travel to the country. On 27 October, the government announced a 60-day visa extension (until 5 December) for all foreigners currently in Sri Lanka. The procedure for extension has not been confirmed, however passengers leaving the country during this period can pay the relevant fee at the airport without penalty. For further enquiries, call: 070 710 1050. Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan Embassy for advice. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits.
    *Transiting Sri Lanka: Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
    *Quarantine requirements: 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, usually followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. All arriving passengers must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local lockdown in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. From Thursday 29 October until 0500 2 November, a quarantine curfew is in place across the Western Province, including Colombo. This means that some food outlets and pharmacies will be open for essential items only. Travel through the Western Province and Colombo without stopping will be allowed. Essential work will be permitted, as long as work ID or a letter issued by the employer is presented. Further lockdowns and quarantine curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    *Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    *Public places and services: Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open in areas which are not under quarantine curfew, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    29.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Several train services suspended amid curfew(Sri Lanka Daily News, 08.10.2020). The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. From 18:00 (local time) on 18 October 2020. Due to the increase in PCR testing as a result of the current outbreak of COVID-19 cases, the government of Sri Lanka have currently suspended the requirement for all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. The requirement could be reinstated at short notice.
    Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.
    The police have introduced a lockdown in the Kutunayake area, in the vicinity of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). It remains possible to travel to the airport for outbound flights. If questioned by local authorities, passangers should present their passport and airline ticket to proceed to the airport.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    Accommodation: some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    Public places and services: some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    22.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Several train services suspended amid curfew(Sri Lanka Daily News, 08.10.2020). The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. From 18:00 (local time) on 18 October 2020, all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka will be required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel.
    Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.
    The police have introduced a lockdown in the Kutunayake area, in the vicinity of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). It remains possible to travel to the airport for outbound flights. If questioned by local authorities, passangers should present their passport and airline ticket to proceed to the airport.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    Accommodation: some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    Public places and services: some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    17.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Several train services suspended amid curfew(Sri Lanka Daily News, 08.10.2020). The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. Some airlines require PCR tests before travel.
    Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    Public places and services: Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

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    15.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Several train services suspended amid curfew(Sri Lanka Daily News, 08.10.2020). The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. Some airlines require PCR tests before travel. Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    *Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    *Public places and services: Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.

    Read more
    08.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. Some airlines require PCR tests before travel. Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    On 4 October, the police issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.

    The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.

    Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place. Some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.

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    07.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. Some airlines require PCR tests before travel. Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Travel in Sri Lanka: The police have issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews and travel restrictions may be imposed at short notice. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
    You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.

    Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.

    Public places and services: Many restaurants, cafés and public places have reopened, but you should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.

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    06.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. Some airlines require PCR tests before travel. Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Curfew measures and travel restrictions may be imposed at short notice and public transport may be limited. Check with your travel provider. The police have issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to reports of a positive COVID-19 case in the community. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
    *Accommodation: Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
    *Public places and services: Many restaurants, cafés and public places have reopened, but you should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.

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    04.10.2020
  • Sri Lanka The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    Commercial airlines are operating from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Curfew measures and travel restrictions may be imposed at short notice and public transport may be limited. Check with your travel provider. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. Some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place. Many restaurants, cafés and public places have reopened, but you should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.

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    28.07.2020
  • Sri Lanka
    *****International Restrictions
    Commercial airlines are operating from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has removed curfew measures. However, travel restrictions may be in place and public transport may be limited. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public places will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. Many hotels and guest-houses are now open, but some remain closed. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.Many restaurants, cafés and public places have reopened, but you should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place

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    09.07.2020
  • Sri Lanka Aviation authorities delay reopening of Colombo International Airport beyond 1 August (NDTV, 28.06.2020)
    Government plans to reopen tourism sector in mid-June (Reuters, 31.05.2020). International airport may re-open for foreign tourists from 1 August (Xinhua, 27.05.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    On March 17, 2020 the government of Sri Lanka announced that all international airports in Sri Lanka would be closed to arriving international commercial passenger flights. A date has not been set for reopening.
    According to Sri Lankan authorities, during this period, aircraft departures, passenger connections, and transits to other flights will be permitted. Flights arriving without passengers for the purpose of picking up departing passengers will also be permitted.
    Visas on arrival have been suspended. All arriving passengers must be in possession of a valid visa before traveling. Passengers and crew from cruise ships and small vessels will not be allowed to disembark. Only ticket-bearing passengers are allowed into Bandaranaike International Airport.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has reduced curfew measures in most of the country. However, overnight curfew measures (12am – 4am) and social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking curfew or social distancing will be arrested. Curfew measures are being updated regularly. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information. Checkpoints have been introduced in a number of places, and those not adhering to the restrictions risk arrest. Follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.

    *****Relaxation to restrictions:
    Sri Lanka’s nationwide lockdown was lifted Sunday 28 June.

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    29.06.2020
  • Sri Lanka Aviation authorities delay reopening of Colombo International Airport beyond 1 August (NDTV, 28.06.2020)
    Government plans to reopen tourism sector in mid-June (Reuters, 31.05.2020). International airport may re-open for foreign tourists from 1 August (Xinhua, 27.05.2020).

    *****International Restrictions
    On March 17, 2020 the government of Sri Lanka announced that all international airports in Sri Lanka would be closed to arriving international commercial passenger flights. A date has not been set for reopening.
    According to Sri Lankan authorities, during this period, aircraft departures, passenger connections, and transits to other flights will be permitted. Flights arriving without passengers for the purpose of picking up departing passengers will also be permitted.
    Visas on arrival have been suspended. All arriving passengers must be in possession of a valid visa before traveling. Passengers and crew from cruise ships and small vessels will not be allowed to disembark. Only ticket-bearing passengers are allowed into Bandaranaike International Airport.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has reduced curfew measures in most of the country. However, overnight curfew measures (12am – 4am) and social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking curfew or social distancing will be arrested. Curfew measures are being updated regularly. You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information. Checkpoints have been introduced in a number of places, and those not adhering to the restrictions risk arrest. Follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.

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    26.06.2020
  • Sri Lanka Government plans to reopen tourism sector in mid-June (Reuters, 31.05.2020). International airport may re-open for foreign tourists from 1 August (Xinhua, 27.05.2020).

    1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed.
    – This does not apply to:
    a. Aircraft departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists.
    b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
    c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB.
    d. Technical landings at CMB.
    2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival.
    3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated.
    5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection.
    6. Passengers and airline crew are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and self-quarantine.
    – This does not apply to airline crew who do not disembark the aircraft.

    Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty. All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice.
    Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912. Outbound flights, technical landings, transits, freight and emergency flights will continue to operate exclusively from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Maximum permitted transit time is strictly no more than five hours and transit passengers must have a confirmed onward connection out of CMB.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has reduced curfew measures in most of the country. However, overnight curfew measures (12am – 4am) and social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police may arrest anyone breaking curfew or social distancing. Curfew measures are being updated regularly, for which it is advised to follow the media. Checkpoints have been introduced in a number of places, and those not adhering to the restrictions risk arrest. Transport Ministery said buses and trains had resumed normal services in Colombo and Gampaha from Monday, but strict health guidelines would be maintained

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities relax curfew in Colombo from 26 May (The Stateman, 26.05.20)
    Buses and trains had resumed normal services in Colombo and Gampaha from Monday 8 June. (Outlook, 9.06.2020)

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    15.06.2020
  • Sri Lanka Government plans to reopen tourism sector in mid-June (Reuters, 31.05.2020). International airport may re-open for foreign tourists from 1 August (Xinhua, 27.05.2020).

    1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed.
    – This does not apply to:
    a. Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists.
    b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
    c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB.
    d. Technical landings at CMB.
    2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival.
    3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated.
    5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection.

    Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty. All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice.
    Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912. Outbound flights, technical landings, transits, freight and emergency flights will continue to operate exclusively from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Maximum permitted transit time is strictly no more than five hours and transit passengers must have a confirmed onward connection out of CMB.

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has reduced curfew measures in most of the country. However, overnight curfew measures (11pm – 4am) and social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police may arrest anyone breaking curfew or social distancing. Curfew measures are being updated regularly, for which it is advised to follow the media. Checkpoints have been introduced in a number of places, and those not adhering to the restrictions risk arrest. Transport Ministery said buses and trains had resumed normal services in Colombo and Gampaha from Monday, but strict health guidelines would be maintained

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Authorities relax curfew in Colombo from 26 May (The Stateman, 26.05.20)
    Buses and trains had resumed normal services in Colombo and Gampaha from Monday 8 June. (Outlook, 9.06.2020)

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    09.06.2020
  • Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has outlined plans to restart tourism from all countries as of August 1, 2020

    Sri Lanka’s new policy is the sheer number of COVID-19 tests required for visitors:

    Visitors will be required to show a negative PCR test prior to boarding the flight to Sri Lanka, which needs to have been taken within 72 hours of boarding
    Upon arrival in Sri Lanka another PCR test will be done (with no charge); by August it should take only four to six hours to get the result, but in the event that a 24 hour wait is required, you will be able to stay at a four or five star hotel in Colombo or Negombo for one night for free
    A third test will be required four to five days after arrival, by a mobile unit in coordination with your accommodation provider
    A fourth test will be required if you’re staying for more than 10 days, again by a mobile unit in coordination with your accommodation provider
    In the event of a positive PCR test, a 14-21 day quarantine in a designated hotel or hospital will take place depending on the details of the case.

    Sri Lanka will also require a $100 visa
    All visitors to Sri Lanka will be required to get an e-visa prior to visiting. This will be valid for 30 days, but is extendable to six months after arrival. Information required for the visa application includes:

    Booking details at certified accommodation (audits will be done, so only certified hotels will be allowed to house tourists)
    Itinerary in Sri Lanka
    Return ticket
    Proof of medical insurance

    Other tourism restrictions from Sri Lanka
    The above are the main points, though there are a few further points maybe worth mentioning:

    A minimum of a five night stay in Sri Lanka is required
    All transportation must be arranged prior to arrival with your certified accommodation provider or travel agent, as public transport should not be used
    All tourist sites in the country will be open from August 1 onwards, with safety protocols and measures in places to ensure the wellbeing of travelers
    There will be no restrictions for tourists in terms of traveling between districts

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    08.06.2020
  • Sri Lanka Government plans to reopen tourism sector in mid-June (Reuters, 31.05.2020). International airport may re-open for foreign tourists from 1 August (Xinhua, 27.05.2020). Authorities relax curfew in Colombo from 26 May (The Stateman, 26.05.20);

    1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed.
    – This does not apply to:
    a. Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists.
    b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
    c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB.
    d. Technical landings at CMB.
    2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival.
    3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated.
    5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection.

    Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty.
    All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice.
    Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912.
    Outbound flights, technical landings, transits, freight and emergency flights will continue to operate exclusively from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Maximum permitted transit time is strictly no more than five hours and transit passengers must have a confirmed onward connection out of CMB.

    Internal restrictions:

    On 31 March the Indonesian government announced new regulations to enforce large scale social distancing which includes limiting the movement of people and goods, and the restricting of religious practices and activities in public areas. Large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta are being eased in a number of stages. Essential services will continue to be available, but public activities (including schools, offices, religious activities, social and cultural gatherings and public transportation) will continue to be limited to maintain social distancing. It is mandatory to wear a facemask when outside. Criminal sanctions may apply for violations of the restrictions. Other regions may implement similar restrictions in the near future.
    It is reported that curfew will then be imposed for 24 hours on Thursday, 4 June, to Friday, 5 June. On 6 June, the curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. as usual.
    The authorities have announced the gradual resumption of transportation services. Earlier, transportation was suspended across all districts, including the transportation of tourists to different locations. However, travellers to Bandaranaike airport can bypass the curfew by presenting their outbound ticket to the authorities. Travel between districts is strictly prohibited, except for those providing essential services.

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    05.06.2020
  • Sri Lanka International airport may re-open for foreign tourists from 1 August (Xinhua, 27.05.2020). Authorities relax curfew in Colombo from 26 May (The Stateman, 26.05.20); 1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed. – This does not apply to: a. Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists. b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB. d. Technical landings at CMB. 2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival. 3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka. 4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated. 5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection. Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty. All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice. Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912. Outbound flights, technical landings, transits, freight and emergency flights will continue to operate exclusively from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Maximum permitted transit time is strictly no more than five hours and transit passengers must have a confirmed onward connection out of CMB.

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has lifted a 24-hour curfew in 23 of the country’s 25 districts, where a nightly curfew will now be in place between 20.00 and 05.00 until further notice. A 24-hour curfew remains in force in Colombo and Gampaha districts (both Western province) until further notice. The Poson Full Moon Poya national holiday will reportedly be celebrated in 2020 on 5 June. Accordingly, curfew will be in effect throughout the country from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on 31 May and 1-3 June. It is reported that curfew will then be imposed for 24 hours on Thursday, 4 June, to Friday, 5 June. On 6 June, the curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. as usual. The authorities have announced the gradual resumption of transportation services. Earlier, transportation was suspended across all districts, including the transportation of tourists to different locations. However, travellers to Bandaranaike airport can bypass the curfew by presenting their outbound ticket to the authorities. Travel between districts is strictly prohibited, except for those providing essential services.

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    28.05.2020
  • Sri Lanka Authorities relax curfew in Colombo from 26 May (The Stateman, 26.05.20); 1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed. – This does not apply to: a. Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists. b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB. d. Technical landings at CMB. 2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival. 3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka. 4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated. 5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection. Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty. All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice. Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912. Outbound flights, technical landings, transits, freight and emergency flights will continue to operate exclusively from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Maximum permitted transit time is strictly no more than five hours and transit passengers must have a confirmed onward connection out of CMB.

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has lifted a 24-hour curfew in 23 of the country’s 25 districts, where a nightly curfew will now be in place between 20.00 and 05.00 until further notice. A 24-hour curfew remains in force in Colombo and Gampaha districts (both Western province) until further notice. The authorities have announced the gradual resumption of transportation services. Earlier, transportation was suspended across all districts, including the transportation of tourists to different locations. However, travellers to Bandaranaike airport can bypass the curfew by presenting their outbound ticket to the authorities. Travel between districts is strictly prohibited, except for those providing essential services.

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    27.05.2020
  • Sri Lanka All international arports in Sri Lanka will continue to be closed for the operation of inbound international commercial passenger flights until further notice, the Civil Aviation Authority (04.04.20). 1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed. – This does not apply to: a. Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists. b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB. d. Technical landings at CMB. 2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival. 3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka. 4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated. 5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection. Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty. All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice. Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912.

    Internal restrictions:

    The government has lifted a 24-hour curfew in 23 of the country’s 25 districts, where a nightly curfew will now be in place between 20.00 and 05.00 until further notice. A 24-hour curfew remains in force in Colombo and Gampaha districts (both Western province) until further notice. The authorities have announced the gradual resumption of transportation services. Earlier, transportation was suspended across all districts, including the transportation of tourists to different locations. However, travellers to Bandaranaike airport can bypass the curfew by presenting their outbound ticket to the authorities. Travel between districts is strictly prohibited, except for those providing essential services.

    Source: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

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    12.05.2020
  • Sri Lanka All international arports in Sri Lanka will continue to be closed for the operation of inbound international commercial passenger flights until further notice, the Civil Aviation Authority (04.04.20).

    1. Airports in Sri Lanka are closed.
    – This does not apply to:
    a. Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or visiting tourists.
    b. Emergency Diversions to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
    c. Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to CMB.
    d. Technical landings at CMB.
    2. A completed Health Declaration Form must be presented to the public health inspectors or any other authorized officials upon arrival.
    3. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate the next flight. They must follow strict procedures and hygienic measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    4. Visas and ETAs issued by Sri Lanka have been invalidated.
    5. The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 12 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection.

    Travellers already in Sri Lanka can have their visit visas extended to 11 June. They are advised not to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration to apply for an extension, but to await further confirmation or instructions from the authorities. Those leaving the country during this period will pay the visa fee at the airport on departure without penalty.
    All types of visa previously issued remain temporarily suspended until further notice. All types of Electronic Travel Authorisations (ETA), entry visas, landing endorsements, multiple entry visas and residence visas issued are also suspended until further notice.
    Foreigners should register on the Tourist & Expatriate Support Center website for further assistance. Alternatively, they can call the Sri Lanka Tourism 24/7 hotline at 1912.

    Internal restrictions:

    n ongoing 24-hour curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts is extended until further notice. There is a ban on entering and leaving the above districts.
    A 24-hour curfew in the rest of the country has been re-imposed from 20.00 on 6 May until 05.00 on 11 May. A nightly curfew from 20.00-05.00 was in effect from 4-6 May in these areas.
    The authorities have announced the gradual resumption of transportation services. Earlier, transportation was suspended across all districts, including the transportation of tourists to different locations. However, travellers to Bandaranaike airport can bypass the curfew by presenting their outbound ticket to the authorities.
    Travel between districts is strictly prohibited, except for those providing essential services.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Civil Aviation Authority/
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