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

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Children of Twelve years to Eighteen years, If departs within two weeks after obtaining at least a single dose of Pfizer vaccine, will be considered as Fully Vaccinated. ( updated : 03rd November 2021)
Submit your Online Health Declaration form – https://airport.lk/health_declaration/index.

The maximum permitted transit time for passengers with an onward confirmed connection at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is 16 hours. This direction will be applicable with effect from 0001hrs on 16th November 2021. (Time in CMB)

All passengers above the age of 2 years arriving in Sri Lanka possess the mandatory Negative PCR taken within 72 hours prior to departure to Sri Lanka.

As an alternate to the Negative PCR, Travellers with a history of Covid-19 infection with a verifiable Report (diagnosis card or verifiable evidence or positive PCR/Rapid Antigen Test) during the past 03 months may submit a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Report (in English) done within 48 hours prior to their departure to Sri Lanka.
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 14.12.2021
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 12 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. Until 31 December 2021, passengers must complete a “Health Declaration” form online at https://airport.lk/health_declaration/index or upon arrival.
Effective 1 January 2022, passengers must complete a “Health Declaration” form online at https://airport.lk/health_declaration/index
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 could be subject to quarantine for 7 days. Details can be found at https://www.epid.gov.lk/web/
– 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.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Commercial airlines are operating flights to and from Sri Lanka.

Passengers with a travel history (including transit) in the past 14 days to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka.

Entry to Sri Lanka may be subject to quarantine measures depending on your vaccination status and pre-departure PCR test results. The Ministry of Tourism have published health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website (https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/)

Entry requirements could change at short notice, and government websites are not always up to date. You should follow the instructions of the local authorities.

All visitors other than fully vaccinated will pre-pay the mandatory PCR Tests (40 USD per PCR test). Pay through visitsrilanka.gov.lk.

Children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival and exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests.

All visitors pay mandatory local Covid 19 insurance of 12 USD with one month cover of 50,000 USD (Pay through visitsrilanka.gov.lk.). Fully vaccinated travellers are EXEMPTED from obtaining the mandatory COVID-19 local Insurance cover. However, fully vaccinated travellers should ensure that they have comprehensive travel insurance that will cover health and other expenses related to COVID-19. If they are accompanied by not-vaccinated/not-fully vaccinated children (all age groups), they should ensure that the comprehensive travel insurance is extended to cover the children adequately.

All visitors to apply visa online through eta.gov.lk.

For more details click here https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

 

Lockdown Details

Some restaurants and cafés may be 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

Sri Lanka reopened after Covid-19 and welcome tourists again


Data Source: covidcontrols.co