Sri Lanka detected first corona virus case in 11th of March and imposed a national lock down and curfew to curb the spread of Covid-19 epidemic from 16th of March 2020. As at today(22nd of January 2021), there are 56,076 confirmed cases with 276 deaths and 47,984 recovered.
It’s compulsory to take a PCR test if you are planning to board an aircraft.
Update 22nd January 9:30am SL standard time
The Sri Lankan government has opened the two international airports of the country in Colombo and Mattala from January 21st, expecting a million tourists in 2021.
SriLankan Air, Qatar Air, Etihad, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, China Eastern, Oman Airlines, Singapore and Kuwait Airways have announce it will resume flights to the island nation.
There is a $12 Covid-19 insurance which will cover Rs. 50,000/- for health care due to sickness and death.
Update 29th December 8:45pm SL standard time
On December 28th, Sri Lanka allowed a flight of tourists from Ukraine ending a nine month ban on inbound travelling for non-citizens. There is a second wave of Covid-19 gripping the island at the moment, but the goverment hope to allow tourism on a bubble based plan and hopes to ease pressure on the hard hit tourism sector.
Update 7th December 6:19pm SL standard time
Sri Lanka plans to re-open the BIA airport for foreigners from January 2021. This will be done by enforcing a travel bubble system used by other countries. Under the proposed regulations, foreign travelers can visit only selected places in Sri Lanka.
Currently most of the areas in Colombo are under lock down and western province is reporting highest number of Covid-19 infections and Covid related deaths.
Update 30th October 1:09am SL standard time
Currently the western province is on a curfew till Monday morning. Some areas are under isolation around the country. Police are requesting people to limit movement to reduce the spread of second wave of Covid-19 spread.
Update 22nd of May 11:27pm SL standard time
Currently there are 1068 confirmed Covid-19 patients in Sri Lanka. The curfew has been lifted except for Colombo and Gampaha districts. The government has imposed new regulations on public transport and social distancing. Travelling is not allowed except shopping and reporting to work.
Update 28th of May 12:12am SL standard time
Sri Lanka has relaxed the curfew on Colombo and suburbs after 66 days of continuous lock-down. Government is also considering opening up the airport from 1st of August 2020. Covid-19 cases increased to 1,278 on 26th of May, though most of the infections are reported from Sri Lankan workers arriving from Kuwait.
Update 9th of June 5:47pm SL standard time
The government of Sri Lanka announced plans to host tourists from August with strict guidelines on social distancing and virus prevention measures. All tourists who wish to enter Sri Lanka must have a COVID-19 free certificate issued within 72 hours. Regardless, every tourist will be subjected to a virus test upon arrival. A second test will be done on 4 or 5 days later. If they are planning to stay more than 10 days, a third test will follow. The visa fee is increased to $100 and the tourists can’t use public transport during the stay.
We will keep you updated of the situation regularly. Keep watching this page.