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COVID-19 Vacc. -120.77%
Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: yes
Airlines Updates
Published on 06.09.2021, SriLankan Airlines:

SriLankan Airlines to resume flights to Paris

Published on 30.08.2021, SriLankan Airlines:

SriLankan Airlines to operate regular Colombo-Kathmandu route

Published on 30.08.2021, SriLankan Airlines:

SriLankan Airlines to operate regular flights between Colombo & 9 Indian cities

Published on 30.08.2021, SriLankan Airlines:

SriLankan Airlines increases direct flights from Colombo to Nairobi

Published on 25.08.2021, SriLankan Airlines:

SriLankan Airlines to enhance connectivity between India and Sri Lanka from Sep-21

Published on 25.08.2021
SriLankan Airlines to enhance connectivity between India and Sri Lanka from Sep-21
Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/srilankan-airlines-to-enhance-connectivity-between-india-and-sri-lanka-from-september/articleshow/85593744.cms
Published on 14.06.2021
Sri Lankan Airlines and Aeroflot to fly direct Moscow to Colombo
Source: https://www.aviationnepal.com/sri-lankan-airlines-and-aeroflot-to-fly-direct-moscow-to-colombo/
Published on 19.07.2021
Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).
Source:
Published on 14.06.2021
Sri Lankan Airlines and Aeroflot to fly direct Moscow to Colombo
Source: https://www.aviationnepal.com/sri-lankan-airlines-and-aeroflot-to-fly-direct-moscow-to-colombo/

Published on 14.12.2020
SriLankan Airlines will increase flights from Colombo to Singapore from 18 December, will operate service between Colombo and Kuala Lumpur every Friday

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

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Sri Lanka
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter Sri Lanka.
– This does not apply to dual nationals of Sri Lanka.
– This does not apply to passengers with a business or tourist visa.
– This does not apply to spouses, parents or children of nationals of Sri Lanka if traveling together.

Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must be in English.

A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.caa.lk/en/special-notices-for-covid-19 or upon arrival at the Immigration counters.

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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

Quarantine requirement at government designated site and self-isolation at home.

Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Some airlines require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel. You should check with your airline before travelling. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing.

Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2021-09-26
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 25961797
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 165400
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 120.77
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 7694

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: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 6 September (Economy Next, 28.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan authorities further extended a nationwide quarantine curfew till Sept. 21 to prevent further spread of the COVID-19.
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Visas: All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website. All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    If your visa is expiring you will need to apply for an extension through the Department for Immigration and Emigration. You should ring the Department for Immigration and Emigration on +94 70 710 1050 or visit their website to make an appointment.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: A nationwide lockdown has been imposed until 1 October. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, events, carnivals, outdoor musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the
    Ministry of Health , Epidemiology Unit or Health Promotion Bureau
    websites. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst staying at a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel and are symptomatic, you will be admitted to a private quarantine facility approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. The mandatory COVID-19 insurance cover will reimburse quarantine charges up to $50,000 USD for a month. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are non-symptomatic, you will be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the same hotel under supervision of the hotel doctor/local health authorities. Close contacts of the COVID-19 positive person will also be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the hotel.
    If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 whilst not staying in a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel, you should contact the Health Promotion Bureau who will advise on what to do next. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to quarantine in a government or private quarantine facility for 2 weeks. Test results will be shared with the Sri Lankan authorities, and the local health authorities will arrange government or private quarantine facilities. Mandatory insurance for all tourist visits should cover the costs. Minors will not be treated any differently and the same process applies. If a parent is tested positive, then any minor children will also need to quarantine.

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    17.09.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 6 September (Economy Next, 28.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Sri Lankan authorities further extended a nationwide quarantine curfew till Sept. 21 to prevent further spread of the COVID-19.
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Visas: All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website. All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    If your visa is expiring you will need to apply for an extension through the Department for Immigration and Emigration. You should ring the Department for Immigration and Emigration on +94 70 710 1050 or visit their website to make an appointment.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: A nationwide lockdown has been imposed until 21 September. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, events, carnivals, outdoor musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Ministry of Health, Epidemiology Unit or Health Promotion Bureau websites. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst staying at a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel and are symptomatic, you will be admitted to a private quarantine facility approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. The mandatory COVID-19 insurance cover will reimburse quarantine charges up to $50,000 USD for a month. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are non-symptomatic, you will be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the same hotel under supervision of the hotel doctor/local health authorities. Close contacts of the COVID-19 positive person will also be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the hotel.
    If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 whilst not staying in a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel, you should contact the Health Promotion Bureau who will advise on what to do next. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to quarantine in a government or private quarantine facility for 2 weeks. Test results will be shared with the Sri Lankan authorities, and the local health authorities will arrange government or private quarantine facilities. Mandatory insurance for all tourist visits should cover the costs. Minors will not be treated any differently and the same process applies. If a parent is tested positive, then any minor children will also need to quarantine.

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    13.09.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 6 September (Economy Next, 28.08.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Visas: All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website. All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    If your visa is expiring you will need to apply for an extension through the Department for Immigration and Emigration. You should ring the Department for Immigration and Emigration on +94 70 710 1050 or visit their website to make an appointment.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: A nationwide lockdown has been imposed until 13 September. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, events, carnivals, outdoor musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Ministry of Health, Epidemiology Unit or Health Promotion Bureau websites. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst staying at a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel and are symptomatic, you will be admitted to a private quarantine facility approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. The mandatory COVID-19 insurance cover will reimburse quarantine charges up to $50,000 USD for a month. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are non-symptomatic, you will be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the same hotel under supervision of the hotel doctor/local health authorities. Close contacts of the COVID-19 positive person will also be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the hotel.
    If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 whilst not staying in a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel, you should contact the Health Promotion Bureau who will advise on what to do next. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to quarantine in a government or private quarantine facility for 2 weeks. Test results will be shared with the Sri Lankan authorities, and the local health authorities will arrange government or private quarantine facilities. Mandatory insurance for all tourist visits should cover the costs. Minors will not be treated any differently and the same process applies. If a parent is tested positive, then any minor children will also need to quarantine.

    Read more
    03.09.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Visas: All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website. All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    If your visa is expiring you will need to apply for an extension through the Department for Immigration and Emigration. You should ring the Department for Immigration and Emigration on +94 70 710 1050 or visit their website to make an appointment.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: A nationwide lockdown has been imposed until 6 September. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place. The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, events, carnivals, outdoor musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Ministry of Health, Epidemiology Unit or Health Promotion Bureau websites. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    27.08.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Visas: All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website. All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    If your visa is expiring you will need to apply for an extension through the Department for Immigration and Emigration. You should ring the Department for Immigration and Emigration on +94 70 710 1050 or visit their website to make an appointment.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: A nationwide lockdown has been imposed until 30 August. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities. A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place. The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, events, carnivals, outdoor musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Ministry of Health, Epidemiology Unit
    or Health Promotion Bureau websites. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    23.08.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 18 August 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Visas: All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website .
    Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website.
    All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    If your visa is expiring you will need to apply for an extension through the Department for Immigration and Emigration. You should ring the Department for Immigration and Emigration on +94 70 710 1050 or visit their website to make an appointment.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Further to the island-wide travel restriction, the Government of Sri Lanka have announced guidelines, on permitted activities. A nationwide curfew has been imposed nightly from 10pm until 4am until further notice. Further restrictions may be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, events, carnivals, outdoor musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Ministry of Health< /a>, Epidemiology Unit or Health Promotion Bureau websites. However this is not always up to date. 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.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst staying at a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel and are symptomatic, you will be admirtted to a private quarantine facility approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. The mandatory COVID-19 insurance cover will reimburse quarantine charges up to $50,000 USD for a month. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are non-symptomatic, you will be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the same hotel under supervision of the hotel doctor/local health authorities. Close contacts of the COVID-19 positive person will also be required to quarantine in an isolated area of the hotel.
    If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 whilst not staying in a Level 1 Safe and Secure hotel, you should contact the Health Promotion Bureau
    who will advise on what to do next. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be expected to quarantine in a government or private quarantine facility for 2 weeks. Test results will be shared with the Sri Lankan authorities, and the local health authorities will arrange government or private quarantine facilities. Mandatory insurance for all tourist visits should cover the costs. Minors will not be treated any differently and the same process applies. If a parent is tested positive, then any minor children will also need to quarantine.
    Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

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    19.08.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 15 July 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Following an island-wide travel restriction, the Government of Sri Lanka have announced new health guidelines which will be in place until 19 July 2021. Further restrictions may be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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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    19.07.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 6 July 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their
    website. Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
    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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in a notice from the
    https://www.newswire.lk/2021/07/07/updated-quarantine-measures-for-overseas-arrivals-to-sri-lanka-relief-for-fully-vaccinated/ Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Following an island-wide travel restriction, the Government of Sri Lanka have announced new health guidelines which will be in place until 19 July 2021. Further restrictions may be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    09.07.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 travel restrictions between provinces until 19 July (Economy Next, 05.07.2021). Sri Lanka authorities ease travel ban for passengers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Simple Flying, 01.07.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Following an island-wide travel restriction, the Government of Sri Lanka have announced new health guidelines which will be in place until 19 July 2021. Further restrictions may be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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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    07.07.2021
  • Sri Lanka 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been in or transited through Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana,
    India, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela or Viet Nam.

    2. Passengers must have an approval from the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka by sending an email to: entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk – This does not apply to: – nationals and dual
    nationals of Sri Lanka staying in a designated quarantine hotel; – passengers traveling as tourists.

    3. Passengers arriving via “Sri Lanka Tourism” must obtain an approval at https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

    4. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English. – This
    does not apply to – nationals of Sri Lanka; – merchant seamen who are nationals of Sri Lanka with a Seaman’s Discharge Book. They must transfer directly from the ship to the
    airport.

    5. Nationals of Sri Lanka must have: – a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in
    English; or – a printed rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English.

    6. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.caa.lk/en/special-notices-for-covid-19 or upon arrival.

    7. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. – This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.

    8. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found at https://www.epid.gov.lk/web/ or https://www.hpb.health.gov.lk/en

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    23.06.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Authorities will temporarily relax travel restrictions on 25 May (Economy Newxt, 24.05.2021). Authorities suspend passenger trains, bus services across country until 25 May as COVID-19 restrictions tightened (AP, 22.05.2021). Sri Lanka to halt all passenger arrivals as COVID-19 spreads (Xinhua, 19.05.2021). Authorities impose night travel ban until 31 May (The Hindu, 12.05.2021). Health Ministry imposes new quarantine measures for all arriving travelers because of COVID-19 (Newsfirst, 12.05.2021). Government imposes inter-provincial travel restrictions, cancels all gatherings until 30 May because of COVID-19 (Yahoo, 11.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: On 19 May, the government of Sri Lanka announced the temporary suspension of all inbound flight arrivals to Sri Lanka from 21 to 31 May 2021 as a containment measure to control the spread of Coronavirus. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. The Tourism Ministry have published health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their herewebsite. 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Electronic Travel Authorisation: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found on Sri Lanka Travel.
    All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 12 May, the Government of Sri Lanka announced a series of travel and movement restrictions, which will be in place until 7 June. Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and further travel and movement restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities. A 24-hour hotline number 1965 has been introduced for the public to make enquiries about essential services in operation while travel restrictions are in place. The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However, this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    24.05.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Sri Lanka to halt all passenger arrivals as COVID-19 spreads (Xinhua, 19.05.2021). Authorities impose night travel ban until 31 May (The Hindu, 12.05.2021). Health Ministry imposes new quarantine measures for all arriving travelers because of COVID-19 (Newsfirst, 12.05.2021). Government imposes inter-provincial travel restrictions, cancels all gatherings until 30 May because of COVID-19 (Yahoo, 11.05.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: On 19 May, the government of Sri Lanka announced the temporary suspension of all inbound flight arrivals to Sri Lanka from 21 to 31 May 2021 as a containment measure to control the spread of Coronavirus. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. The Tourism Ministry have published health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their herewebsite. 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Electronic Travel Authorisation: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found on Sri Lanka Travel.
    All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 12 May, the Government of Sri Lanka announced a series of travel and movement restrictions, which will be in place until 31 May. Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and further travel and movement restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities. The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    19.05.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Authorities impose night travel ban until 31 May, blanket travel ban from 13-17 May (The Hindu, 12.05.2021). Health Ministry imposes new quarantine measures for all arriving travelers because of COVID-19 (Newsfirst, 12.05.2021). Government imposes inter-provincial travel restrictions, cancels all gatherings until 30 May because of COVID-19 (Yahoo, 11.05.2021). Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka imposes ban on air travelers entering from India because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 06.05.2021). Government imposes travel restrictions on air passenger arrivals because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 03.05.2021). Italian authorities imposed ban on people coming from Sri Lanka (Reuters, 29.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. The Tourism Ministry have published health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website. 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health. You should arrange to take a private test.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 12 May, the Government of Sri Lanka announced a series of travel and movement restrictions, which will be in place until 31 May.
    Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and further travel and movement restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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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    17.05.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Authorities impose night travel ban until 31 May, blanket travel ban from 13-17 May (The Hindu, 12.05.2021). Health Ministry imposes new quarantine measures for all arriving travelers because of COVID-19 (Newsfirst, 12.05.2021). Government imposes inter-provincial travel restrictions, cancels all gatherings until 30 May because of COVID-19 (Yahoo, 11.05.2021). Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka imposes ban on air travelers entering from India because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 06.05.2021). Government imposes travel restrictions on air passenger arrivals because of COVID-19 (Xinhua, 03.05.2021). Italian authorities imposed ban on people coming from Sri Lanka (Reuters, 29.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. 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, if 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Entry: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found onSri Lanka Travel. All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors canapply for an ETA on the ETA website.
    All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 12 May, the Government of Sri Lanka announced a series of travel and movement restrictions, which will be in place until 31 May.
    Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and further travel and movement restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    The Ministry of Health has categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Revised Ministry of Health guidelines have been published on the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Unit website.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
    Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas.
    Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. Public guidelines and circulars are sometimes published on government websites, such as the Epidemiology Unit website. However this is not always up to date. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    12.05.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Italian authorities imposed ban on people coming from Sri Lanka (Reuters, 29.04.2021). Flights between Sri lanka and India expected to resume after air bubble agreement finalized (CNBCTV18, 10.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. 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, if 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Entry: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found onSri Lanka Travel. All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors canapply for an ETA on the ETA website.
    All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 23 April, the Ministry of Health categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Ministry of Health guidelines were published bylocal news organisations. Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions and local guidelines risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. Further restrictions and guidelines are being imposed at short notice. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    01.05.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Flights between countries expected to resume after air bubble agreement finalized (CNBCTV18, 10.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. 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, if 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Entry: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found onSri Lanka Travel. All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors canapply for an ETA on the ETA website.
    All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 23 April, the Ministry of Health categorised Sri Lanka under Covid-19 Risk Alert Level 3. Ministry of Health guidelines have been published by local news organisations.
    Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
    Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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.

    Read more
    24.04.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government eases entry restrictions for tourists with COVID-19 vaccine (Globe Trender, 25.03.2021). Sri Lanka government lifts travel ban on visitors from U.K. (Xinhua, 18.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. 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, if 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Entry: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found onSri Lanka Travel. All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors canapply for an ETA on the ETA website.
    All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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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    06.04.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government eases entry restrictions for tourists with COVID-19 vaccine (Globe Trender, 25.03.2021). Sri Lanka government lifts travel ban on visitors from U.K. (Xinhua, 18.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. 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, if 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: Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to arrangements for quarantine and PCR testing. This is set out in guidance from the Ministry of Health.
    *Entry: All visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain permission to travel from the Sri Lanka Tourist authority. Details of how to apply can be found onSri Lanka Travel. All visitors who have permission to travel to Sri Lanka must apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors canapply for an ETA on the ETA website.
    All visitors need to comply with the guidelines imposed for tourists by the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Sri Lanka: Lockdowns are being imposed in areas affected by COVID-19, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Regulations are in place to enforce social distancing and the wearing of a face mask in public areas. 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 to foreign nationals. 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 hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *Public places and services: 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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    30.03.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Sri Lanka government lifts travel ban on visitors from U.K. (Xinhua, 18.02.2021).

    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 rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
    Entry to Sri Lanka: Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka has announced that the temporary restriction on travel originating from the UK to Sri Lanka has been lifted. Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to 14 days quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission for advice.
    The Sri Lankan High Commission can be contacted via email: mail@slhc-london.co.uk. 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 foreign nationals to Sri Lanka. All arriving passengers must now take a PCR test. You should arrange to take a private test.

    Internal Restrictions: *Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local lockdown in some areas of Colombo in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. 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. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. 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 risk arrest, and 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. Some hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *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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    18.03.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government reopens country for tourism with restrictions, including COVID-19 testing requirements and a local ‘travel bubble’ (AP, 21.01.2021). All incoming passengers must obtain prior approval as country braces to reopen airports on 23 January (Xinhua, 14.01.2021). Several train routes expected to resume from 7 January as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease (Newsfirst, 06.01.2021). Airports expected to reopen for tourists from 21 January (Adaderana, 05.01.2021).

    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. There have been reports of the airport re-opening for tourism in January, but these have not been confirmed by the government of Sri Lanka.
    Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission 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 some areas of Colombo in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. 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. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. 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 risk arrest, and 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. Some hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *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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    16.02.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government reopens country for tourism with restrictions, including COVID-19 testing requirements and a local ‘travel bubble’ (AP, 21.01.2021). All incoming passengers must obtain prior approval as country braces to reopen airports on 23 January (Xinhua, 14.01.2021). Several train routes expected to resume from 7 January as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease (Newsfirst, 06.01.2021). Airports expected to reopen for tourists from 21 January (Adaderana, 05.01.2021).

    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. There have been reports of the airport re-opening for tourism in January, but these have not been confirmed by the government of Sri Lanka.
    Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission 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 some areas of Colombo in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. 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. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. 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 risk arrest, and 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. Some hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.

    *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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    27.01.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Several train routes expected to resume from 7 January as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease (Newsfirst, 06.01.2021). Airports expected to reopen for tourists from 21 January (Adaderana, 05.01.2021). Sri Lanka government suspends all flights from U.K. (Xinhua, 22.12.2020). Travel restrictions imposed in two Lower Dadukele area in Welioya and Upper Blackwater area in Kenilworth Estate because of COVID-19 (Adaderana, 03.12.2020).

    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. There have been reports of the airport re-opening for tourism in January, but these have not been confirmed by the government of Sri Lanka.
    Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission 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 some areas of Colombo in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. 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. The local authorities are conducting random COVID-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. 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 risk arrest, and 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. Some hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *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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    07.01.2021
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Sri Lanka government suspends all flights from U.K. (Xinhua, 22.12.2020). Government will resume international flights from 26 December (Outlook India, 12.12.20). Travel restrictions imposed in two Lower Dadukele area in Welioya and Upper Blackwater area in Kenilworth Estate because of COVID-19 (Adaderana, 03.12.2020). 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. There have been reports of the airport re-opening for tourism in January, but these have not been confirmed by the government of Sri Lanka.
    Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission 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. Several areas within the Colombo Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalla and Kurunegala districts are under isolation. 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. The local authorities are conducting random Covid-19 tests in some parts of the country, including borders of the Western Province. 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. Some hotels may require evidence of a negative PCR test on arrival.
    *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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    21.12.2020
  • Sri Lanka Latest News: Government will resume international flights from 26 December (Outlook India, 12.12.20). Travel restrictions imposed in two Lower Dadukele area in Welioya and Upper Blackwater area in Kenilworth Estate because of COVID-19 (Adaderana, 03.12.2020). 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. There have been reports of the airport re-opening for tourism in January, but these have not been confirmed by the government of Sri Lanka.
    Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission 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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    17.12.2020
  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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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