COVID-19 in Sri Lanka
Update 19 December 2021
The government reopen tourism for the beginning of the year with strict rules to be respected.
New guidelines in sight to welcome tourists to Sri Lanka from January 21st 2021
- Travel from any country permitted for minimum stay of 3/4 days
- All international airlines will be allowed with prior approval from COVID-19 Taskforce and CAA
- Proposes to issue visa for 6 month instead of one month
- Issuance of ‘On Arrival’ visas suspended until further notice
- All passengers will be required to have COVID-19 insurance for a minimum period of one month, at a cost of USD 12.00 with coverage up to USD 50,000 valid for one month.
- Travelers will only be allowed in certified hotels, use of public transportation disallowed
- Tourist sites will be reopened for travelers
What happened 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.
Till January 19, 2021, he had around 53,750 positive cases across the country.
Of this small number, some 45,820 have already been discharged and 7,660 positive people remain in quarantine in government hospitals or their homes.
The total death toll was 270.
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.
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 decided the opening to tourism from January 21, 2021 .
Despite this, Sri Lanka remains very aware of the development of the epidemic in the rest of the world.
To enter the country, in addition to the tourist visa called ETA, a self-certification is required to be completed on arrival.
Therefore be in possession of a PCR test carried out 96 hours before arrival.
Furthermore, upon arrival at the airport, you will be subjected to a quick PCR test, then repeated 5/6 days in the same hotel, if your stay exceeds 7 days a further PCR test will be performed.
The tests must be purchased at the time of applying for the tourist visa (ETA) at a cost of USD 40.00 each.
Once our negativity is ascertained after 14 days, it will be possible to visit any location in the country.
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.
We have countries that will not be able to travel to Sri Lanka for a long time, borders for India, Pakistan, Great Britain are currently closed.
The cost of the ETA tourist visa, to be paid online before arrival, is USD 40.00
For further information regarding the Tourist Visa required to enter Sri Lanka, read our article in our Travel Guide
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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.
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Besides the email, the most used method, we are always available by phone and WhatsApp.
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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.
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