Covid 19 Update

Sri Lanka COVID-19 Travel Update

Updated 12th April 2022

- 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 well-being and safety are 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, the Tourism Bureau of Sri Lanka and WHO. Your kind patience is greatly appreciated.

We will be informing you of 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 the time is right.

Key Points

- Fully Vaccinated travellers are exempted from pre-departure COVID-19 PCR/ Rapid Antigen tests from 1st March 2022.

- No minimum number of days is required for a stay.

- No restrictive quarantine is required.

- “Fully Vaccinated” travellers can stay at any type of accommodation and no on-arrival PCR test is required.

- “Not-Fully Vaccinated’’ travellers stay in a ‘Flexible bio-bubble’ with all facilities of the hotels made available and the ability to visit approved tourist sites.

- “Not-Vaccinated’’ travellers can still have a great time under the protection of the Tourism Bio Bubble for a duration of 7 nights/8 days.

- Children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival and exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests.

- Ensure you have the mandatory COVID 19 Insurance of 12 USD with one month cover of 75,000 USD required for all travellers (whether fully vaccinated or not vaccinated). Pay through ( )

- Visitors can apply for an online visa through

- Please submit the mandatory Health Declaration Form ( )

- Ensure you are aware of the documents that need to be submitted and carried with you to ensure a hassle-free visit. If you have any doubts or clarifications drop us an email at and we will help you to prepare for your visit.

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Sri Lanka Covid-19 Highlight

17th February

- 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.

21st January

- 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.

18th January

- 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.

5th January

- 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.


28th December

- A flight carrying the first group of foreign tourists to tour Sri Lanka since March, from Ukraine landed at the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport.

28th November

- 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.

3rd November

- Sri Lankan government rolls out a new set of health and safety guidelines in relation to activities in public spaces including shops, restaurants etc.

22nd October

- Sri Lankan government suspend the requirement for all passengers departing Sri Lanka to present evidence of a negative PCR test.

10th August

- 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.