Covid travel news for Sri Lanka

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Updates for Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka has reopened its borders for international tourism

After multiple delays, Sri Lanka has reopened its borders for international tourism.

The entry rules into the country are very strict and tourists will be limited on where they can stay and go within the country for the first 14 days. 

“As we open our doors to the world once again, we have pulled out all the stops, ensuring that every precautionary measure has been set in place to make the island getaway as safe, secure, and serene as possible for the visitors,” Kimarli Fernando, the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, said in a statement

Here is everything travelers need to know about Sri Lanka reopening for tourism.

Updated on January 22, 2021.

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Sri Lanka reopens borders for tourism in 2021

After multiple delays Sri Lanka is now planning on reopening its borders for tourism starting in 2021.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave the go ahead for borders to reopen with dates to be announced on January 1st, 2021.

Click here for the entry requirements for tourists entering Sri Lanka.

Updated on December 09, 2020.

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Sri Lanka to delay reopening

Sri Lanka will delay the reopening of airports that have remained shut since March 18, amidst a surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.

Coronavirus cases soared to 2612 on Sunday following the detection of a cluster in Kandakadu, with experts warning that the situation could lead to a second wave. Read more here.

Updated on July 13, 2020.

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Sri Lanka will open the borders from August 1

Sri Lanka has announced that it will welcome holidaymakers from all countries from August 1, but only if they meet strict requirements and undergo rigorous testing for Covid-19. The country’s tourism ministry has stated that all visitors must carry a certificate declaring themselves free of the virus, issued no earlier than 72 hours before boarding a flight to the island.

Accoring to the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB)  August is the month when they are planning to start welcoming tourists, precisely, August 1. But it is going to be for a limited number of people, and only in small groups. The Chairperson of SLTPB, Kimali Fernando, denied earlier reports that said that the tourism industry is set to reopen in mid-June. 

We recommend to always check if there are any latest travel restrictions before you book an accommodation. Travel may only be permitted for certain purposes and recreational travel may not be specifically permitted. Government measures are constantly changing, so we recommend that you regularly check for updates. Click here for travel restrictions and guidelines for Sri Lanka.  

Updated on June 28, 2020.

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