Sri Lanka officially opens borders for tourists: entry conditions

From January 21, Sri Lanka will officially open airports for commercial passenger and tourist traffic. This was stated by the Minister of Tourism of Sri Lanka Prasanna Ranatunga.

On December 26, Sri Lanka began accepting the first charters with tourists, the first to arrive were tourists from Ukraine. As part of the pilot regime for the opening of tourism, the island received no more than 300 foreigners per day, but from January 21, Sri Lanka will be fully open to tourists. At the same time, a number of rules and restrictions will apply for arrivals.

To travel to Sri Lanka, you will need a pre-registered on the website of the migration service

  • visa worth $ 35;
  • negative PCR test for COVID-19, done no later than 72 hours before arrival;
  • after checking into the hotel, vacationers must pass another test, for which they will have to pay $ 45. Test results are sent to a mobile phone. If a disease is detected, the tourist is isolated in the same hotel;
  • the minimum stay is 14 days, during which tourists can only live in predefined tourist areas – in one of 131 certified hotels.

In addition, foreigners are not allowed to leave the hotel, except in certain areas approved by a dedicated working group.

The government has also designated 14 tourist attractions in Sri Lanka to be exclusively for tourist visits within controlled corridors. These include:

  • Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy;
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve;
  • Yala National Park;
  • Safari in Udawalawe National Park;
  • Et-Atur Sevan;
  • Caudulla National Park;
  • Whale watching Mirissa;
  • Pinnawala Open Zoo;
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage;
  • Sigiriya Fortress;
  • Royal Cave Temple Dambulla Golden Temple;
  • Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya;
  • Laxala Kandy and the Pinnawala branches.

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