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COVID-19  in Sri Lanka

Update 1 December 2020

Sri Lanka will likely open its borders again on January 1, 2021.
The government is considering the proposal to reopen tourism for the beginning of the year with strict rules to be respected.
 

New possible guidelines in sight to welcome tourists to Sri Lanka from January 1st 2021

  • Travel from any country permitted for minimum stay of 14 days
  • Influx of daily travelers limited to maximum of 300 with priority for citizen repatriation
  • All international airlines will be allowed with prior approval from COVID-19 Taskforce and CAA
  • Permit visa for long-stay travelers, dual passport holders, resident permit holders, film tourism and sports tourism
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  • Proposes to issue visa for 6 month instead of one month
  • Issuance of ‘On Arrival’ visas suspended until further notice
  • All passengers require COVID-19 insurance for minimum period of one month, expenses relating to health not to be borne by Govt during stay
  • Travelers will only be allowed in certified hotels, use of public transportation disallowed
  • Tourist sites will be reopened for travelers
 

What happened and is happening in Sri Lanka during the development of the new COVID-19 coronavirus?

To inform everyone interested in traveling to Sri Lanka in the near future:

Sri Lanka has successfully passed the status of the new coronavirus.

In February, we had a Chinese citizen with coronavirus.

This quarantined traveler was healed and discharged.

Later there were isolated cases with their contact contagion, but the epidemic was very well contained.

As of July 2, it has had around 2,066 positives across the country.

Of this small number, approximately 1,700 have already been discharged and 300 positive people remain in quarantine in government hospitals.

The total death toll was 11.

Therefore, most of the infected people have already recovered.

The new cases that arise concern workers repatriated from the Middle East or other countries.

Like Sri Lankan students in countries like Australia and England, mainly.

Sri Lankans who continue to arrive in Sri Lanka since March must be quarantined.

After 14 days with no results of fever or cold symptoms, they are discharged and can lead normal lives.

In short, in Sri Lanka we have not had what has been called “herd infection” due to the rigorous lock down and mandatory protection measures that have been strictly observed since the second half of March.

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Health and protection measures for all citizens

From the first moment the epidemic was declared by the World Health Organization, the whole country has changed habits and customs.

The first step was applied to all supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and other facilities.

Soap sinks were installed to wash your hands before entering the places in question.

In cases where this is not possible, the constant presence of a person with sanitary alcohol to spray the hands.

At the same time, mandatory use of wearing a mask and maintaining the social distance of 1.5 meters between people was imposed.

At this time in all hotels and large structures the temperature is checked before entering all people.

In the event that someone is detected a fever, access to the facilities is prohibited.

Opening of airports, hotels and tourism in general

Sri Lankan authorities have announced the opening to tourism from August 1, 2020 (although already postponed to August 20).

Despite this, Sri Lanka remains very aware of the development of the epidemic in the rest of the world.

This means that the opening date of tourism is not 100% certain.

Sri Lanka has successfully passed this tough test called COVID-19, but there are still many countries where cases still occur.

This is the case in neighboring India, absolutely out of control.

So the Sri Lankan authorities did not issue authorizations for passengers from the Indian continent, blocking revenue.

Certainly, we would have countries that will not be able to travel to Sri Lanka for a long time, borders for India, Pakistan, the United States and Australia are currently closed.

For further information regarding the Tourist Visa required to enter Sri Lanka, read our article in our Travel Guide

Sri Lanka is indeed the perfect place for children and for people who like animals and nature.

This country is incredibly green.

It is impossible not to find elephant herds on safari or even on the same road traveling.
It is also very easy to see leopards, macaques and other types of monkeys, giant squirrels, jackals, etc. etc

Furthermore, walking with children and adults through the Peradeniya Botanical Garden is a delight. Along with the giant trees and millions of plants, we will also find monkeys and other animals in this immense place.

We use all the available and easy-to-use technologies to stay in touch with our customers.

Besides the email, the most used method, we are always available by phone and WhatsApp.

It is also possible to communicate via Skype or FaceTime or any other application available to the customer, but only with prior appointment.

We pay a lot of attention in being able to communicate to the customer all the necessary information to offer all the tranquility to you even while you are on Tour.

Living and working in Kandy, facilitates access to privileged information to create new routes and itineraries to Sri Lanka.

This allows us to design exclusive and unique journeys, reaching some places that only we know.

This is why we receive an excellent score in everything related to the design of customised and on-demand trips.

Moreover, we pay a lot of attention to everything related to the management of the booking and assistance, always in English, Spanish and Italian, of your trip to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, those who love exotic beaches, full of palm trees and coconut trees, offer beaches in the west of the country such as Bentota, Ambalangoda, Chilaw and Negambo.

You can also swim in the Indian Ocean in the east of the country on the beaches of Trincomalee, Pasikudah, Nilaveli …

If you like surfing you can practice at Arugam Bay, Weligama or Mirissa. 

And of course, we have the beaches of southern Sri Lanka such as Tangalle, Unawatuna, Galle, Ahangama, etc. etc

If you like cities, we have Kandy, Jaffna, Galle Fort and Colombo where you can walk and shop among the wonderful shops and restaurants.

In a nutshell, we have a country with a wide variety of climates, places, cultures, religions, etc. 

Where we will always find Sinhalese smiling and waiting for us with open arms.

Coming to Sri Lanka and not being surprised is absolutely impossible.