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

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

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 18.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Sri Lanka until 28 February 2021.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Sri Lanka;
– dual nationals of Sri Lanka;
– passengers with a business or tourist visa;
– spouses, parents or children of nationals of Sri Lanka if traveling together.
2. Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must be in English.
3. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be obtained at or upon arrival at the Immigration counters.
4. Nationals of Sri Lanka must have an approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka or from a consulate of Sri Lanka.
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening upon arrival.
6. Suspension of all visa on arrival and ETAs.
7. More details can be found at .


Detailed Tourist Information

Commercial airlines are operating outbound flights from Sri Lanka. Inbound flights operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals are currently suspended.

Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals. There have been reports of the airport re-opening for tourism in January, but these have not been confirmed by the government of Sri Lanka.

Non-national residents wishing to return to Sri Lanka should contact their nearest Sri Lankan High Commission for advice.

The Sri Lankan High Commission can be contacted via email: [email protected]

Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits.

Lockdown Details

Some public places, including 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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