Sri Lanka is readying to welcome travelers from across the world with safety guidelines and precautionary measures.
Who can visit?
- All nationalities are welcome and all types of travellers whether groups, families, individuals.
- Only a limited number of small groups of travelers will be allowed into Sri Lanka at a time. Individuals traveling alone will not be permitted to enter the island country.
- Sri Lanka is set to start allowing international visitors to enter the country from August 1, 2020.
- As well as the borders being open, popular locations for tourists, including the Yala National Park, Arugam Bay, Udawalawe National Park, Trincomalee, and certain beaches will also reopen in August.
Which airports will operate?
Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA], Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA] and Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport [MRIA] will be operating for tourist arrivals from Aug 1 2020
- Collecting the pre-check medical report
- Tourists’ personal details and travel/stay
- Visa details with last country visit or from where he/she is coming
- Online registration of visitors on Sri Lanka Tourism Travel website
What are the visa procedures?
- All travelers will require a valid visa; this will be issued for 30 days and extendable for up to 6 months after arrival. Online visa at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
- Further relaxation for long stay guests is currently under consideration, enabling tourists to be granted five-year multiple-entry visas with a maximum 6 months stay.
- Visa fee US$100
Information required for visa application
- Booking details at Certified Accommodation
- Itinerary in Sri Lanka
- Return ticket
- Proof of medical insurance
Where can I stay and is there a minimum duration?
- A minimum 5-night stay in Sri Lanka is required.
travelers must spend a minimum of 5 days in Sri Lanka. Those who plan to stay for less than this will not be granted permission to enter.
- Independent professional audits will be done to certify accommodation providers who will be listed on the Sri Lanka tourism website. Details of bookings made with Certified Accommodation providers are required for the visa application
- Travelers will only be able to stay at five-star hotels approved by the ministry of tourism while staying in the country. These premises will have strict safety measures to prevent contagion.
- Foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka will be prohibited from using public transport.
Pre-departure Covid-19 PCR testing
A negative PCR test is required prior to boarding your flight and on arrival in Sri Lanka. The test should be no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
On arrival in Sri Lanka
The airport will have high-intensity sanitation measures in place for all areas and staff.
- There is no quarantine on arrival unless symptoms are detected.
- A PCR test would be done on arrival at the airport. No charge.
- Currently, it takes 24 hours to receive the test results. We are making changes to have results within 4-6 hours by August. In the event it is required to wait 24 hours for test results; you will be able to select a hotel for a one-night stay from Certified 4 or 5-star hotels in Colombo or Negombo until the test results are received.
- A further test will be done 4-5 days after arrival by a mobile unit in coordination with your Certified Accommodation provider.
- Travelers staying for more than 10 days will be required to take a third test during their stay. While this may be inconvenient it is essential to safeguard everybody and provide peace of mind.
- In case of a positive PCR result, quarantine in a designated hotel or hospitalization will take place depending on the details of the case. Quarantine would usually be 14 to 21 days if symptoms are detected.
Moving around Sri Lanka
- To ensure your safety, please arrange transportation prior to your arrival, with your Certified Accommodation provider or travel agent. Public transport should not be used.
- All tourist sites will be open from the 1st August onwards with safety protocols and measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of our travelers.
- There will be no travel restrictions between districts for tourists.
What is Sri Lanka’s status with COVID-19?
Being an island, and thanks to the proactive measures taken, Sri Lanka has been able to manage the spread of the virus. No active community clusters have been detected in the last 30 days within the country.