Sri Lanka will be open to tourists from August 1st
As COVID cases decrease day by day and tourism opens, Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, will open its doors to tourists from August 1st. However, this does include selected rules and regulations that must be followed to explore the island nation of Sri Lanka. The length of stay should be at least 5 days. However, a valid entry visa for USD 100, which is issued for at least 30 days, can be extended by 6 months. Long-term visa easing has yet to be announced, but so far the government has only received a single entry visa.
Only 3 international airports are currently operated for international tourists, including:
i) Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA)
ii) Colombo Ratmalana Airport (RMA)
iii) Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport (MRIA)
- The stay here should be selected in advance and a selected group of hotels listed on the Sri Lankan Tourism website can only be selected. The hotel stay is a must so that you can obtain a visa to enter Sri Lanka.
- The COVID test is mandatory if you need to be checked before boarding and after getting off and if the results in the PCR test are negative. A free PCR test will be performed upon arrival. However, the pre-boarding test should not take longer than 72 hours.
- All attractions will open in Sri Lanka from August 1st, however, public transport still needs government support. Currently you need to arrange transportation from the hotel you booked your stay for. To explore this, you can arrange self-transportation.
- You will be tested for corona virus from time to time. This includes a free test on arrival, a test after 4-5 days in a mobile unit of the hotel where you are staying. A third test will be performed if you are staying longer than 10 days and if this is positive you will need to quarantine for at least 14-21 days at the specified hotel.
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