Sri Lanka is open for tourists since August

Шри-Ланка откроется для туристов с августа

In Sri Lanka, ready to welcome travellers from all over the world since August 1, 2020.

The authorities have developed special rules for tourists wishing to relax on the island, given the pandemic of coronavirus, said the office of tourism development Sri Lanka Facebook.

In particular, under the new rules, from 1 August Sri Lanka will be able to visit all types of travelers (groups, families or individuals) from all countries. Tourists will take three airports: Bandaranaike international airport (BIA), Colombo airport heart of ratmalana (RMA) airport Hambantota Mattala (MRIA).

All travelers must have a valid visa. It will be issued for 30 days with the possibility of extension to 6 months upon arrival. For visa must submit details on booking a certified hotel (they will be listed on the tourism web site of Sri Lanka), the route across the country, return ticket, medical insurance. To apply for a visa online, the fee is $ 100.

In addition, before boarding the flight and on arrival in Sri Lanka, the tourists must provide a negative test result COVID-19, taken not earlier than 72 hours prior to boarding the plane.

Also, the authorities are now considering a further weakening for guests with long stays. It will allow tourists to get a multiple entry 5 year visa with maximum stay of 6 months.

Tourists will not be sent to quarantine on arrival, if they are not the symptoms of the disease. At the airport, guests will be free to do PCR tests. Now to get more of the results of such a test is necessary 24 hours, however, until August, the local authorities plan to reduce the waiting time of 4-6 hours. Another test in 4-5 days upon arrival, will conduct a mobile unit in coordination with certified housing provider of the tourist. Guests who stay more than 10 days, must pass the third test during their stay.

In the case of a positive result of PCR test tourists will be sent to quarantine in a designated hotel or hospitalitynet. The quarantine usually lasts from 14 to 21 days.

It is noted that the minimum period of stay in Sri Lanka should be at least 5 nights.

At the same time, tourists are asked to arrange with your hotel or travel agent regarding transportation on the spot. Public transport use is not advised.

It is also reported that all the tourist sites on the island will open 1 August. For tourists there will be no restrictions on movement between districts.

According to Worldometers, as of June 10 Sri Lanka 1 recorded 859 cases COVID-19, 11 people died and 1 057 recovered.