SriLanka, the South Asain Island is one of the countries preparing to welcome tourist from the 1st August with health and safety measures in place. All tourist who visits the island will be required to stay for a minimum of 5 nights the SriLanka tourist board has reported.
The Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA], Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA] and Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport [MRIA] will be operating for tourist arrivals from August 1 2020.
All tourist who plans to visit SriLanka can obtain a valid visa which will be issued for 30 days and extendable for up to 6 months after arrival. To apply for an online visa tourist can visit the following link http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ more information regarding travel precautionary measures also can be found here.
When applying for a visa to SriLanka the following information will be required,
- Booking details at Certified Accommodation.
- Itinerary in Sri Lanka.
- Return ticket and proof of medical insurance.
When arriving in SriLanka a PCR test with negative results with which is no longer older than 72 hours should be produced. There will be no quarantine procedures unless or otherwise a symptom is detected. When arriving at any SriLankan airport a PCR test would be done.
At the moment it takes 24 hours to obtain the PCR test results, but the authorities are taking steps to make these test available in 4-6 hours before reopening for tourist in August. In the event it is required to wait 24 hours for test results; tourists will be able to select a hotel for a one-night stay from Certified 4 or 5-star hotels in Colombo or Negombo until the test results are received. A further test will be done 4-5 days after arrival by a mobile unit in coordination with the Certified Accommodation provider.
Travellers who will be staying more than 10-days will be be required to take a third test during their stay. All these steps are taken in order to make sure everyone is safe during this pandemic.
In the event of positive PCR result of a tourist visiting SriLanka, They will be directed to a quarantine facility which can be either a designated hotel or hospital, this will be decided depending on the details of the case. Quarantine would usually be 14 to 21 days if symptoms are detected.
To ensure safety, tourists are required to arrange transportation in Sri Lanka prior to arrival, with the Certified Accommodation provider or travel agent. Use of public transport will not be encouraged.