Published on : Tuesday, January 19, 2021
After observing a ten-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka has finally decided to reopen its borders to foreign tourists on Thursday, January 21, 2021. However, all travellers will be subject to strict coronavirus related protocols. Under the current regulations, tourists will be allowed to stay in 55 designated hotels, which will be off limits to locals except for staff, across the country.
Visitors will also be required to produce a negative PCR test, taken up to four days before their arrival. They will also be required to undergo two more tests for a visit of up to seven days and three tests if they stay for more than a week. Tourists will also be required to purchase insurance, costing US$12, that will cover up to US$50,000 in COVID-19 related medical costs. Passengers who have spent up to two weeks in Britain before arriving will not be allowed to enter the country, however, and flights from the U.K. will continue to remain banned. The decision has been undertaken in an effort to keep curb a more contagious COVID-19 variant.
Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said in a statement that the tourism is announcing the reopening with great pleasure and excitement and mentioned that as the country opens its doors to the world once again, authorities 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.