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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Sri Lanka
Data Last Updated: January 20, 2021

General Information

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Sri Lanka plans to formally reopen its borders for international tourism around mid-January. To prepare for the reopening, authorities will be conducting a pilot project on Dec. 26. 

More details about the reopening of the borders will soon be announced formally by the Tourism Minister and Sri Lanka Tourism, including details about the travel protocols that will be implemented.

On December 28, 2020, Sri Lanka has opened its doors to foreign visitors under a pilot project. The first group of tourists to arrive in the country were Ukrainians. All travelers are traveling under a "bio-bubble" with limited contact to the local community to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections. This project will run until January 19, after which authorities will review the progress of the scheme before fully opening its borders.

Starting Thursday, January 21, tourists will be able to enter Sri Lanka for tourism but under strict protocols. First, they must produce a negative PCR Covid-19 test result taken up to four days before their arrival. Then they will be required to take two more tests if their visit to the country is up to seven days. For those who are staying for more than a week, they will be asked to undergo three tests. Furthermore, tourists are required to pay US$12 for insurance that will cover up to US$50,000 in Covid-19 related medical costs. Lastly, they can only stay in 55 designated hotels across the country and will be accompanied by officials when traveling to designated tourist spots.

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

As of July 15, Sri Lankan authorities continue to modify restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). School operations and tuition classes - which briefly resumed July 1 - are suspended until further notice due to new COVID-19 cases. 

Officials lifted the nationwide 0000-0400 daily curfew June 28, though they continue to ban social gatherings and entertainment venues. Additionally, the use of masks in public remains mandatory.

Airlines & Transport

Travel to Sri Lanka is currently not allowed except for government approved passengers arriving on repatriation flights.

Officials suspended all inbound international passenger flights until further notice; however, cargo transport, passenger transit, and international departures will continue at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).

Officials had previously ordered all international services at the Jaffna International Airport (JAF) - Sri Lanka's only other functional international airport - to be halted.

While domestic flights are unaffected, international passenger ships such as cruises and ferries are barred indefinitely. Port operations for goods transport continue. 

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Information for Non-Tourists

Authorities have suspended the issuance of all visa types - including electronic, landing, multiple entry, and residential - to foreigners, regardless of nationality, until further notice;

Previously issued visas for foreign nationals, including residential permits, stand temporarily suspended. Such travelers will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka. The restrictions do not apply to holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports. Foreigners who are already in Sri Lanka may apply for visa extensions

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