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Sri Lanka coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Reconsider your need to travel to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is Closed for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is part of Asia with main city at Colombo. Its Developing country with a population of 21M people. The main currency is Sri Lanka Rupee. The languages spoken are Sinhalese and Tamil.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Sri Lanka

Closed

for travel
International travel to Sri Lanka is permitted for vaccinated travelers. There are exceptions for non-vaccinated citizens and residents.
It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are exempt from testing on arrival, quarantine, and testing on day 14 after arrival requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine are exempt from testing on arrival, quarantine, and testing on day 14 after arrival requirements. Additionally, recovered travelers may present a negative antigen test, taken 48 hours before travel, instead of a PCR test before boarding. The traveler must have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months and received at least 1 dose of vaccine 2 weeks before travel.
The documents must be in English or certified copies of an English translation can also be presented.
Once travelers have left the 'Tourism bio-bubble', staying at a 'Level 1 Safe and Secure' hotel will no longer be permitted. It is recommended to stay at a Safe and Secure hotel that is not level 1.
Further information can be found at https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to isolate at 'Level 1 Safe and Secure' hotels for 15 days or depending on the length of stay in Sri Lanka if visiting for less than 15 days. Visitors are allowed to use all facilities within the hotel but must not leave the property.
A second PCR test will be administered on day 14 and those testing negative may leave quarantine. Travelers staying less than 14 days in Sri Lanka are exempt from additional testing requirements. A β€œdischarge document’’ will be issued by the hotel doctor at the end of this period.
After booking, the hotel will provide a reference number that needs to be provided on the ETA application process. A list of the 'Safe and Secure' hotels can be found at https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided before boarding. The test result must be in English or a certified copy of an English translation can also be presented.

Testing on arrival

All travelers will be tested on arrival and the test results will be provided in 24 to 48 hours, hotel facilities cannot be used until the result is confirmed negative.

Additional documents required

An electronic travel authorization (ETA) is required for entry. The online application requires the pre-purchase of PCR tests, booking confirmation at a 'Safe and Secure' hotel, and 'People's Insurance PLC'. The pre-payment of PCR tests and the insurance premium will be collected by the hotel. PCR tests cost $40 USD per test, and the insurance costs $12 USD with coverage of $50,000 USD for a period of 1 month.
Additionally, a health declaration form must be completed and presented upon arrival. - Electronic travel authorization application - Health declaration form
For more details Sri Lanka Tourism

Government measures

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health has declared the country is under Risk Alert Level 3. Under these guidelines, a nationwide ban on all gatherings is in place. Curfew may be in place in high-risk areas. Updates related to the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka can be found at https://www.epid.gov.lk/web/index.php?option=comcontent&view=article&id=230&lang=en

Use of masks

Face masks are required in all public spaces and while on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating with adapted safety measures in place, only seated passengers are allowed on buses and trains.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as social distancing. Restaurants may be closed in high-risk areas.

Bars

Bars are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as social distancing. Bars may be closed in high-risk areas.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing. Non-essential businesses may be closed in high-risk areas.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in some countries are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a rapid lateral flow test or PCR test for day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the rapid lateral flow test will undergo PCR testing. Those who test positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-isolation early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for another 10 days.
Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#test-providers-and-type-of-test

Testing on arrival

Those traveling to England are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during isolation, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'.
Unvaccinated travelers staying for less than 10 days, and vaccinated travelers staying for less than 2 days, are still required to book the relevant testing package regardless of the duration of their stay. The tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in England on the test dates.
Proof of purchase for this testing package must be provided on departure. This can be booked directly at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider

Travel restriction details for Sri Lanka

🚫 Destination Quarantine required
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Sri Lanka

Restaurants and cafΓ©s 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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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Sri Lanka

Reconsider your need to travel

To travel to Sri Lanka, you must show a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test report in English when checking in. The test must be taken within 72 hours of your departure or you won't be able to board your flight. You'll no longer need to undergo COVID-19 (PCR) testing on arrival or quarantine if you are fully vaccinated. We now advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Sri Lanka due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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