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

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated who are arriving in Sri Lanka from overseas not required to undergo 14 days quarantine if their on-arrival PCR is tested negative.
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 16.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter if in the past 14 days they have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
2. Passengers must have an approval from the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka by sending an email to: [email protected]
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and dual nationals of Sri Lanka staying in a designated quarantine hotel;
– passengers traveling as tourists.
3. Passengers arriving via “Sri Lanka Tourism” must obtain an approval at
4. 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;
– merchant seamen who are nationals of Sri Lanka with a Seaman’s Discharge Book. They must transfer directly from the ship to the airport.
5. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at or upon arrival.
6. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.
7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. More details can be found at or
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure, if the result of the COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival is negative. The certificate must be in English or with a certified translation to English.
8. 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.
9. Airline crew could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.


Detailed Tourist Information

Commercial airlines are operating flights to and from Sri Lanka.

Entry to Sri Lanka is subject to quarantine and PCR tests determined by the Health Authorities. On 6 July 2021, the government of Sri Lanka issued new quarantine measures ( for overseas arrivals to Sri Lanka. The Tourism Ministry also publish health protocols for arrivals to Sri Lanka, which can be downloaded from their website (

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.

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