As COVID cases are getting lower day by day and tourism being opened, Sri Lanka an island nation located in the Indian Ocean is opening its doors for tourists from August 1. However, this comes with select rules and regulations that one needs to follow to explore the Island nation of Sri Lanka. The duration of the stay should be at least 5 days minimum. A valid entry visa costing $100 which will be issued for a minimum of 30 days however can be extended for 6 months. The long term visa relaxation are yet to be announced, but as of now, only single entry visa has been given a nod by the government.
Currently, only 3 international airports will be operated for international tourists this include:
i) Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA]
ii) Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA]
iii) Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport [MRIA]
- The stay here should be chosen beforehand and a select group of hotels that are listed on the Sri Lankan Tourism website are only to be chosen. The hotel stay is a must for you to be provided visa for entry into Sri Lanka.
- COVID Test is mandatory where you need to have yourself checked before boarding, after de-boarding and the results in PCR test should show negative. A free of charge PCR test will be conducted on arrival however, the pre-boarding test should not be more than 72 hours.
- All places of attraction will open from August 1 in Sri Lanka, however public transportation is yet to get a nod from Government. Currently, you need to arrange transportation from the hotel which you book your stay and to explore you can arrange for self transportation.
- From time to time, you will be tested for Coronavirus. This includes a free of charge test upon arrival, a test after 4-5 days at a mobile unit of the hotel which you stay, a third test will be conducted if you stay for more than 10 days and if found positive, you need to quarantine yourself for at least 14-21 days at the designated hotel.