SRI LANKA TRAVEL UPDATE/ 18th October 2021
Brilliant news for those wishing to travel to Sri Lanka! The destination is now open for tourists and better news for those who are fully vaccinated. The recent UK travel advisory too confirmed that Sri Lanka is now in its Green list of destinations.
Here are the “Pre-Requisites” for your travel:
Fully Vaccinated Travellers
(Defined as those who complete the required doses fulfil the 14 days after the last vaccination in their resident country before departing to Sri Lanka)
Prior to Boarding
- Apply for your Visa on-line via (eta.gov.lk)
- Fully-Vaccinated guests are free to make all ground arrangements
- Have a “Negative” PCR Test within 72hrs prior to embarkation (Children below 2 yrs are exempted)
- Please carry the original vaccine certificates/ Digital Certificates
- Ensure that you have a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy which would cover health and other expenses including Covid-19 related. If traveling with Children, the policy should cover them as well
- Not required to pay for PCR Test or for the Local Insurance Cover
- Just fill out the Health Declaration Form and you are free to travel
Travellers who have not completed their Vaccination
(Those who are not fully vaccinated or do not fulfil the required 14 days after full vaccination)
Prior to Boarding
- Negative PCR test has to be produced 72hrs prior to departure
- All accommodation booked only at “Safe & Secure “Level 1 hotels”
- Pay for On-Arrival PCR Test (US$40 per person) as well as for the Local Health Insurance Cover (US$12 per person) via the (www.visit srilanka.gov.lk)
- First PCR test will need to be done on the first hotel prior to checking-in
- They could book multiple Level 1 hotels and travel between them
- They could visit cultural sites and perform activities which are only approved during the approved time pockets
- The final PCR test needs to be done on Day 14 or based on the airline policy on departure
- After 14 days (with a negative PCR report), they can go into the community (which means out the safety travel bubble)
Fully Vaccinated Guests: NO PCR Test required on Arrival!
All travelers who are “fully vaccinated” now can travel seamlessly. There is no need to take a PCR Test on arrival. There is also no need to even pay for the Local Insurance Policy prior to traveling as well.
However, a PCR test needs to bae taken 72hrs prior to departure. However, during your travel, you are required to follow the general health guidelines. It is as simple as that!
Not Vaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Guests:
Those who are not “fully vaccinated” can still visit the country but need to pre-book Level 1 “Safe & Secure” accommodation (up to 15 days) and travel within a “Safe Bio-Bubble”. On arrival PCR test and a further PCR test on Day 14 is required prior to being “discharged”.
For unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated guests: Visits to cultural sites and attractions are allowed but with safety restrictions. Please discuss this with our travel consultants.
Children Traveling with Parents
Prior to Boarding
- Children (below 2years) traveling with Fully Vaccinated parent are not required to take a PCR on arrival. However, if the parents/ Children later show Covid-related symptoms and PCR test is proven positive, the children will need to do a PCR test
- Children (between2-18 year) traveling with Fully Vaccinated parent should carry a “Negative PCR Report 72 hrs prior to boarding). They are also required to take a PCR Test on arrival (Day1) and are free to leave the safe bio-bubble if the tests are Negative. However only children need to take another PCR test on Day 10. However, if the parents/ Children later show Covid-related symptoms and PCR test is proven positive, the children will need to do a PCR test
- Please write/ speak to your travel consultants for Non-Vaccinated travelers for further clarification
PANDEMIC IS NOW LARGELY CONTROLLED:
The Delta variant which had been a huge threat to Sri Lanka and the Asian region in July/ August did spike up the number of cases & deaths. However, with the Srilankan government imposing a lockdown and strict measures curbed the cases. During the past two weeks, daily Covid cases has been in the range between 650-750 per day. As of 14th October, the country Covid cases has reported over 529,000 from which over 491,000 Covid-19 patients have recovered/ discharged with 13,429 deaths so far.
There has been a remarkable improvement in recent weeks with the vaccines being received. Over 27.6 million vaccines have been administered as of 18th October.
In addition, the government is administering AstraZeneca Pfizer-BionNTech, Sputnik V & Sinopharm vaccines to all those over the 20yrs of age as a priority. Vaccinating School children above 15-19years is now in progress. Children with medical conditions above 12yrs are vaccinated under special medical attention.
The government now plans to complete the 3rd dose of the Pfizer vaccination (Booster Vaccination) by end of March 2022.
Currently, travel within the Sri Lanka is not restricted for those who are fully vaccinated.
- Cultural sites and attractions such as National Parks are now open to tourists
- The government has temporarily banned any travel/ flights from (Nigeria Ghana, Ivory Coast & Cameron) and those who have a travel history to these regions within the 14 days
The government and the Health authorities assure that this temporary measure would benefit everyone in the next few weeks whilst obtaining the vaccines remains its highest priority.
- Sri Lanka is ready to receive tourist. We are pleased to mention that almost all our Airport Staff, Regional Staffs, Guides & Chauffeurs are “fully Vaccinated”. The Hotel staff, restaurant staffs too are fully vaccinated
- Travel Portal
Now travellers can pay for their local “Travel Insurance” via an on-line travel portal (visitsrilanka.gov.lk). Those who are not vaccinated can also pay for their PCR test via this portal
- No PCR test required on arrival for Fully vaccinated travellers
- Visa on arrival for those are “Fully Vaccinated”
Sri Lanka is reckoned as one of the few countries / destinations who have successfully controlled the spread of the pandemic.
- Our International borders have been opened for Tourism since 21stJanuary 2021
- The government & the Tourism Ministry has encouraged all Hotels, Restaurants, DMCs and Tourism service providers to implement safety guidelines and protocols so that everyone is safe
- The Tourism Ministry has been conducting awareness and training sessions to National Guides, Chauffeur Guides, Drivers on how to on best practices within the new COVID guidelines and protocols
- “Safe & Secure” Certification has been awarded to hotels, DMCs and other supplier categories on successful completion of stringent audits and in-person training.
- For the approved list of Places of Interest and Monuments under the current bio-bubble, please visit – Approved Tourist Sites & Attractions.
UPDATED ENTRY/ VISA POLICY:
Please click on the links below for details of the new regulations (Page 5 of the guideline) –
Sri Lanka Travel | Hello Again
Sri Lanka Tourism Safety Protocols
Progress on Vaccination
- Sri Lanka completed the inoculation of its front-line workers (Healthcare and Military Personnel) by mid-February 2021
- Over 27,6 million vaccines have been administered in Sri Lanka (over 99.8% of the adult population over 20+ years has at least been administered a single dose of the vaccine)
- Over 12,8million (Approximately 86.5% of the population over 20+ years) are fully vaccinated
- The government has approved “AstraZeneca”, “Moderna”, Pfizer”, “Sputnik V” and “Sinopharm” which is currently being administered to those over the age of 20years and above
- A further 14,5m doses of Pfizer vaccines have been commissioned by the Government to be administered as the third dose
- The government is confident of reaching its new target to vaccinated all adults above 20yrs by October 2021
- Authenticities – All our Staff members (100%) are now Fully Vaccinated
- All our Guides & Chauffeurs (100%) have at least one dose and over 98,9% are “Fully vaccinated”
- Authenticities was one of the first DMCs to be certified for “Safe & Secure” travel by Sri Lanka Tourism & audit firm KPMG
- We produced our own safety guidelines and protocols which we have implemented
- We are currently conducting awareness and training sessions amongst our Drivers and Chauffeur Guides on how to perform tours within the established guidelines
- As global travel continues to be affected by the spread of COVID-19, we want you to know that doing the right thing by our guests is our guiding light
- Please don’t hesitate to call us at + 94 77 361 3267 with any questions or concerns
- The wellbeing of our guests is our priority. We are happy to share our safety protocol with you so that you are comfortable with what we have done so far