Ban on passengers arriving in Sri Lanka lifted from 1st June

The temporary travel ban imposed on passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka will be lifted with effect from the 1st of June.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) said the Government has decided to lift the travel ban which was imposed due to the coronavirus situation in the country.

Chairman of the CAASL Upali Dharmadasa said, however, restrictions for the passengers who have been to India within the last 14 days will continue until further notice.

As per the regulations issued for passengers arriving from the 1st of June, the total number of passengers allowed to travel to Sri Lanka should not exceed 75, including tourists per flight.

Tourists arriving in Sri Lanka have been requested to refer to the Sri Lanka Tourist Board direction at www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.

All inbound travelers should undergo mandatory quarantine at a quarantine hotel/ quarantine centre/ Safe and Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel until completion of 14 days as per the guidelines of the Director-General of Health Services dated 11th May 2021, irrespective of the type/ number of doses of vaccine obtained, he said.

Dharmadasa further said Sri Lankan passport holders and dual citizens do not require approval to land in Sri Lanka.

Foreign nationals, seafarers, and passengers traveling for business, investment, etc. require approvals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter Sri Lanka along with an entry visa. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka Chairman said a negative PCR test must be taken by all categories of travelers prior to the departure point of origin as per airline/country requirements.

Upali Dharmadasa added that all passengers must adhere to the paid quarantine procedure. 

The Government imposed a temporary travel ban on inbound passengers to Sri Lanka from the 21st- 31st May.

The travel ban was imposed due to a high number of Covid cases being detected among passengers returning from overseas as well as within the country.

Sri Lanka is currently battling the third wave of the coronavirus, after the emergence of the New Year coronavirus cluster in April. (Colombo Gazette)

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