Sri Lanka (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated travellers must undergo and test on arrival and stay at a Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel until receiving negative results of their on-arrival PCR test. While waiting for the test results, they will have access to all facilities and attractions available on the bio-bubble. Once results come back negative they can freely travel in Sri Lanka. Any vaccination accepted by the country of origin is acceptable. An original copy of the vaccination certificate in English must be produced on arrival.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Will be required to present a negative PCR test and will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Mandatory quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.10.2021
1. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 2 years;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 3 months before departure; and
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that they received a vaccine dose at least 14 days after the positive test and at least 14 days before departure.
They must also have a printed negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Test results and vaccination certificates must be in English.
2. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 3 months before departure; and
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that they received a vaccine dose at least 14 days after the positive test and at least 14 days before departure.
They must also have a printed negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Test results and vaccination certificates must be in English.
3. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at https://www.caa.lk/en/special-notices-for-covid-19 or upon arrival.
4. Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure traveling as tourists can obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) on arrival.
5. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days, details can be found at https://www.epid.gov.lk/web/ or https://www.hpb.health.gov.lk/en .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 3 months before departure; and
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that they received a vaccine dose at least 14 days after the positive test and at least 14 days before departure.
They must also have a printed negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Test results and vaccination certificates must be in English.
6. Airline crew of a foreign airline must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English.
7. Airline crew could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
8. Airline crew staying overnight must stay at a designated hotel.
– This does not apply to airline crew with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
9. Merchant seamen must have an authorization obtained by sending an email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ([email protected]) and to the Civil Aviation Authority ([email protected]).

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Commercial airlines are operating flights to and from Sri Lanka.
 

Lockdown Details

Restaurants and cafés remain open in areas which are not under quarantine curfew, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.

Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
 

Sources

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/worldwide/worldwide-travel-alerts
Data Source: covidcontrols.co