Sri Lanka COVID-19 Travel Update
Updated 22nd October 2021
- As the world begins to open up slowly and the prospect of travel becomes a reality again, Sri Lanka opened its borders for international travellers with a series of protocols and guidelines in place to ensure the safety of both visitors and residents as tourism resumes. Whilst there are certain restrictions in place, the Sri Lanka Tourism Department has taken every effort to ensure that travellers can still have an enjoyable and safe holiday experience in Sri Lanka.
- At Ceylon Insider Travels we are constantly monitoring the changing travel advice in Sri Lanka and internationally to offer you the best guidance possible. Your wellbeing and safety is always our highest priority. We remain operational online to assist our guests with rescheduling the holidays and planning the 2021 & 2022 journeys to Sri Lanka. We prioritize our invaluable guests in every way and look forward to assisting you on your next wonderful holiday to Sri Lanka.
- All the bookings and the payments will remain in-house to be applied to the rescheduled dates and discounts will be applied to all the bookings and new bookings.
- All the new and the remaining bookings will be kept updated on the latest measures that we have taken to guarantee the safety of each traveller and the measures that the government of Sri Lanka will be taking. You will be issued with a document that contains safety guidelines that we will be implementing for your trust and satisfaction during your holiday to Sri Lanka. These safety measures are being applied based on the guidelines issued by The Government of Sri Lanka, Tourism Bureau of Sri Lanka and WHO. Your kind patience is greatly appreciated.
We will be informing you on the latest updates & will be issuing you a complete guideline document regarding the latest rules and regulations that the Government and the Tourism Bureau implement to safeguard your holiday in Sri Lanka upon booking your holiday with us. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time and we dearly look forward to welcoming you to this island paradise when time is right.
- No minimum number of days is required for a stay.
- No restrictive quarantine required.
- “Fully Vaccinated” travelers can stay at any type of accommodation and no on-arrival PCR test required.
- All facilities of the hotel would be made available to the guests.
- “Not-Fully Vaccinated’’ travelers stay in a ‘Flexible bio-bubble’ with all facilities of the hotels made available and ability to visit approved tourist sites.
- “Not-Vaccinated’’ travelers can still have a great time under the protection of the Tourism Bio Bubble for a duration of 13 nights/14 days.
- Children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival and exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests.
- All visitors pay mandatory local covid insurance of 12 USD with one month cover of 50,000 USD. Pay through visitsrilanka.gov.lk
- All visitors other than fully vaccinated will pre-pay the mandatory PCR Tests (40 USD per PCR test). Pay through visitsrilanka.gov.lk
- All visitors to apply visa online through eta.gov.lk
- Fully vaccinated travellers click here to read the Health Protocol for arrivals to Sri Lanka.
- Not vaccinated & not-fully vaccinated travellers click here to read the Health Protocol for arrivals to Sri Lanka.
- Recovered travellers click here to read the Health Protocol for arrivals to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Covid-19 Highlights
- Temporary travel restriction imposed on travel originating from the UK to Sri Lanka due to the new COVID 19 variant has been lifted with immediate effect: Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority.
- Sri Lanka reopens its borders to international tourists (excluding the U.K.) with a series of new health & safety protocols in place to safeguard tourists and residents alike as tourism resumes.
- The first commercial passenger flight, marking the reopening of Airports after the pandemic, Oman Air WY - 371, from Muscat landed at the BIA.
- Tourists from the U.K. are not allowed to enter Sri Lanka until further notice. Tourists arriving into the U.K. from Sri Lanka must undergo a 14-day self-isolation period.
- The Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga announced that the airports will be opened by January 23 for international flights and international travellers will be allowed to travel to Sri Lanka.
- A flight carrying the first group of foreign tourists to tour Sri Lanka since March, from Ukraine landed at the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport.
- Sri Lanka added to the U.K.’s travel corridor list for residents of Scotland as well. All U.K. residents no longer have to complete a 14-day self-isolation period after returning from Sri Lanka to the U.K.
- Sri Lankan government rolls out a new set of health and safety guidelines in relation to activities in public spaces including shops, restaurants etc.
- Sri Lankan government suspend the requirement for all passengers departing Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative PCR test.
- Sri Lanka receives the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council in recognition of the comprehensive health and safety measures the government has proposed to safeguard citizens and travellers in Sri Lanka.