Sri Lankan authorities have officially resumed accepting foreign tourists for the first time in 10 months after the border was closed due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
This is reported by Adaderana.
According to Denagama Aviation and Export Zone Development Minister Vitaranage Chanaki, from January 21, tourists will be able to visit the island nation through the Bandaranaike or Mattala Rajapaksa airports. But only with the observance of all precautions.
In particular, foreigners will need:
Submit a negative test for COVID-19 received no earlier than 96 hours before departure.
Submit a second analysis upon arrival at the hotel.
Pass a third COVID-19 test if the trip lasts more than a week.
In case of positive test results, asymptomatic tourists will be self-isolated at the hotel, and the rest will be treated in hospitals.
In addition, travelers will live separately from local residents, that is, in hotels specially designated for foreign citizens, which are located in one of 14 “tourist zones”. They will be prohibited from leaving such areas.