Sri Lanka Tourism ready to welcome tourists from 1st Aug 2020 ,with safety guidelines
The country’s tourism ministry has stated that all visitors must carry a certificate declaring themselves free of the virus, issued no earlier than 72 hours before boarding a flight to the island. Travellers will then be required to take a free coronavirus test upon arrival at the airport, the results of which should be available within four to six hours. PCR tests are released (Colombo/Negombo areas for arrivals from Bandaranaike/Ratmalana International Airports and Hambantota area for arrivals from Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport).
- The “Visa Free” status and the issuance of “On Arrival” visas are suspended until further notice.
- All tourists entering Sri Lanka are required to obtain online tourist visas before arrival.
Tourists will be permitted to stay in approved hotels as selected by the tourism board. In fact, even luxury hotels have been handpicked, only where strict safety measures have been taken.
Also, public transportation (trains, buses and tuk tuk) may not be available at this time for tourists, so you will need to make arrangements through the hotel or your travel agent.
All tourist sites, such as the ancient Sigiriya Fortress, Yala National Park and the temples in Kandy will be open from August 1, with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place.
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