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Summary on Quarantine Measures for Travellers arriving in Sri Lanka

RegulationsThe Director General of Health Service at the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka has announced the following regulations for travellers arriving in Sri Lanka:

  1. Apart from Sri Lankan nationals, dual citizens, valid resident visa holders or foreign national staff members of diplomatic missions or international organizations, travellers with a travel history (including transit) in the past 14 days to India, South American countries and South African countries will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka until further notice. Sri Lankan nationals, dual citizens, valid resident visa holders or foreign national staff members of diplomatic missions or international organizations will have to obtain the permission of the Director General of Health Services / Ministry of Health () followed by the permission of the Foreign Ministry () and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (). They have to undergo mandatory Institutional Quarantine (irrespective of their Vaccination Status) at a Quarantine Hotel / Quarantine Center, only if facilities are available there, to separate from other travellers and will be released from quarantine only after obtaining a negatative PCR-test on the 14th day of their stay. They shall not be quarantined at a Safe & Secure Level 1 Hotel or at a residence.
  2. All travellers to Sri Lanka should mandatorily carry a neegative COVID-19 PCR test report in English language  done without 72 hours prior to embarkation. Pre-departure COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test report is not accepted. Travellers should submit a completed Health Declaration Form to the staff of the Airport Health Office at the health counters at the airport upon arrival. Separate forms should be sumitted for each of the accompanying children if any. Travellers who have completed the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and departed from abroad after two weeks of completion of vaccination should produce the vaccination certificate / card to the Airport Health Officer at the airport upon arrival. After completion of formalities at the airport, all travellers will be transferred to a Quarantine Centre managed by the Government of Sri Lanka or to a  Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel, as detailed below. Transport shall be provided by the government authorities or the Hotel Management on a pre-determined manner.
  3. Fully vaccinated tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism will book a stay at a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for one night and submit to a PCR-Test on arrival. If the PCR-test is negative, no further quarantine is necessary. However, they need to inform the area MOH. They should arrange their own transport to travel to their next destination and should not use public transport for this purpose. Throughout the travelling, they should strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka. They should travel directly to the destination without any stopovers, They should inform the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) by telephone or email upon arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers, who have arrived from a travel-restricted country, will submit to a PCR Test on day 7 of their stay. If the test is positive, they will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital. In any case, the area MOH is to be informed about the PCR results.
  4. Not fully vaccinated tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism will book a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for 14 nights. If the PCR test is negative, they will stay in quarantine at those hotels for 14 days. If the PCR-test taken on day 14 of their stay is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
  5. All tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism, whose PCR tests on arrival are positive will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital.
  6. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including valid resident visa holders, will book a stay at a Quarantine Hotel or Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for one night and submit to a PCR-Test on arrival. If the PCR-test is negative, no further quarantine is necessary. However, they need to inform the area MOH. hey should arrange their own transport to travel to their next destination and should not use public transport for this purpose. Throughout the travelling, they should strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka. They should travel directly to the destination without any stopovers, They will submit to a PCR test on day 7 of their stay. If the test is positive, they will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital. In any case, the area MOH is to be informed about the PCR results.
  7. Not fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including valid resident visa holders, will book a Quarantine Hotel or Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel for 14 nights. If the PCR test is negative, they will stay in quarantine at those hotels for 14 days. If the PCR-test taken on day 14 of their stay is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
  8. All foreign nationals, including valid resident visa holders, whose PCR tests on arrival are positive will be admitted to an intermediate care centre (ICC) / Designated Hospital.
  9. All travellers arriving in Sri Lanka should abide by the guidelines detailed hereby.