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Green light for Tourism from August 01st for visiting Sri Lanka


Jun 11, 2020

Tourists will need a minimum stay of 5 nights in Sri Lanka from August, Sri Lanka Tourism Board said today.

With safety guidelines and precautionary measures in place, Sri Lanka is preparing to welcome travelers from around the world.

All nationalities and all forms of travelers are welcome, be they parties, families or individuals.

As of 1 August 2020, the Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA], Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA], and Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport [MRIA] will operate for tourist arrivals.

All travelers will require a valid visa that is issued for 30 days and can be extended for up to 6 months after arrival. You can apply for on-line visas via http:/www.eta.gov.lk / slvisa/

Further relief for long stay visitors is currently under consideration, enabling tourists to be issued multiple entry visas for five years with a maximum stay of 6 months. They will charge a visa fee of US$ 100.

For the visa application you will need to book details at Certified Accommodation, itinerary in Sri Lanka, return ticket and proof of medical insurance.

Independent qualified audits will be conducted to approve accommodation providers that will be published on the tourism website in Sri Lanka. For visa applications, details of bookings made with Certified Accommodation Providers will be required.

Prior to boarding the flight and upon arrival in Sri Lanka a negative PCR test is required. No older than 72 hours before boarding should be the test.

The airport will have high intensity sanitation measures in place for all areas and workers upon arrival in Sri Lanka.

On arrival there will be no quarantine until signs are known. Upon arrival at the airport a PCR test would be done.

It usually takes 24 hours for the test results to be obtained, but by August, the authorities are making improvements to provide results within 4-6 hours.

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