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Updated 1 November 2021

A country known for its wildlife, spectacular beaches, lip-smacking food, tropical climate, gorgeous landscapes, Sri Lanka is indeed the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean.’ A giant gathering of elephants in Minneriya National Park and the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya are among some of the most famous tourist attractions.

Here are the latest entry requirements you should be aware of while travelling from Pakistan to Sri Lanka.

Can I travel to Sri Lanka from Pakistan?

Yes, you can.

Pakistani travellers do not have the requirement of obtaining a visa for entry into Sri Lanka. They need an ETA  before departure, which is an authorization that gives the travellers permission to enter the country in a more straightforward way than a traditional visa.

Please note that on-arrival ETA service will also be available for fully vaccinated tourists. However, it is advisable to obtain the Online ETA by the tourists before their arrival to avoid unnecessary delays at the Airport.

 

Sri Lanka entry requirements

Required documents

Travellers are required to complete a Health Declaration Form before arriving in Sri Lanka. Each traveller must fill out their own personal form.

Fully vaccinated travellers are recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that will cover health and other expenses related to COVID-19.

Additionally, travellers must present a valid vaccine certificate, card, or any other verifiable evidence to the airport health officer before checking into hotels and other public places.

Testing requirements

All arrivals from Pakistan above the age of two must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report conducted within 72 hours before embarkation. The test result should be in English.

Furthermore, travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection during the past six months and those with only a single dose of vaccine taken after two weeks of recovery along with their vaccinated children below 18 years, are allowed to arrive with a negative COVID-19 PCR report conducted within 72 hours of embarkation.

If they have a history of infection within the last three months, instead of a PCR test, they are allowed to carry a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test report conducted within 48 hours before embarkation. They should carry a diagnosis card or verifiable evidence or positive PCR report or positive rapid antigen test report as proof of the past history of illness written in English.

All COVID-19 PCR/Rapid Antigen test results of the traveller should be informed to the area Medical Officer of Health. A list of contact details of the area can be found on Medical Officer of Health website.

On-arrival testing

  • Non-vaccinated travellers will have to undergo on-arrival (day 1) COVID-19 PCR tests at a Safe & Secure Certified L1 hotel.
  • Not-vaccinated children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival (day 1) PCR testing. However, if the parents/guardians develop symptoms or receive positive results in on-arrival PCR tests, children will have to undergo PCR tests.
  • Children of 12 -18 years need to undergo day 1 PCR testing.

PCR testing of arriving travellers will be conducted by a Ministry of Health approved laboratory.

Exit PCR/Rapid-antigen testing

Travellers who have yet to complete the two-week period after the vaccination

Travellers who have been vaccinated but yet to complete the two-week waiting period are entitled to a shorter and more flexible bio-bubble period as follows:

  • Travellers will undergo the exit PCR/rapid antigen test upon the completion of the 14-day waiting period of the vaccination or seven days after arrival (whichever comes first). Upon a negative PCR/rapid antigen test result, they may leave the bio-bubble.
  • Unvaccinated children below 12 years are exempted from exit PCR/rapid antigen tests and can be released with the parent(s).
  • Children of 12 – 18 years shall perform exit PCR/rapid antigen tests on similar dates as their parents and should have negative results. However, if the exit PCR/rapid antigen test result of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID-19, the child will also be subjected to a PCR test

Upon completing the above requirements, a discharge document will be issued and the travellers will be released from the bio-bubble.

Unvaccinated travellers

  • All unvaccinated travellers will perform an exit PCR/rapid antigen test on day seven
  • Unvaccinated children below 12 years are exempted from the exit PCR/rapid antigen test. However, if the exit PCR test of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID-19, the child will also be subjected to a PCR test
  • Unvaccinated children of 12-18 years should undergo an exit PCR/rapid antigen test on day seven after arriving in Sri Lanka

Upon completing the above requirements, a discharge document will be issued and the travellers will be released from the bio-bubble.

Vaccination criteria

Fully vaccinated travellers who have received the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before departure must carry the original vaccination certificate or other verifiable evidence of vaccination. If the certificate is not in English, then a certified English translation of the certificate must be carried as well.

Any type of vaccination that is approved by the country of origin, in this case Pakistan, is acceptable:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • CanSino
  • Sputnik V
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Please note that travellers who have not received COVID-19 vaccination, nor completed the recommended doses of vaccination (not-fully vaccinated) and/or have departed from abroad within less than two weeks of completion of recommended doses will be considered as unvaccinated or not-fully-vaccinated travellers.

Most Pakistani travellers are not allowed to travel internationally unless they have proof of vaccination. Hence, travellers must have a vaccination certificate for outbound international travels showing that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure. Travellers must present the vaccine certificate (either the original or a printed copy) upon arrival.

Quarantine requirement

Fully vaccinated travellers who have completed 14 days after the recommended doses and are carrying a negative COVID-19 PCR/rapid antigen test report issued within 72 and 48 hours of embarkation will not be required to undergo quarantine. They will also be exempt from the on-arrival testing requirements.

However, travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated will need to do a day one PCR test and undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Also, they have to abide by the COVID-19 preventive operational guidelines issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

Travellers will be allowed to visit approved tourist sites and use all facilities of the hotel upon negative results of the on-arrival PCR test.

More details on the quarantine requirement can be found here.

Other requirements

 

 

Flights from Pakistan to Sri Lanka

Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines are some of the flights operating from Pakistan to Sri Lanka.

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