Sri Lankan airport officials and passengers are seen wearing protective masks at BIA on Jan 24 before the nation went under a four-month long lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic
Dhaka: Sri Lanka announced to reopen for international tourism from August 1 after a “successful containment” of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The country’s airports had been closed since March to prevent the spread of the virus.
Sri Lanka Tourism said in a statement today that all precautionary measures recommended by global health and travel authorities have been put in place to keep visitors and residents safe.
However, only online visa applications will be accepted and all tourists must show proof that they tested negative for the virus 72 hours before arriving in Sri Lanka. Visitors also must have a confirmed travel itinerary, a return plane ticket and a travel insurance with health and hospitalisation coverage.
There will be mandatory health screening and testing at the airport. Tourists will be lodged at a nearby hotel pending COVID-19 test results which would be expected within 24 hours.
Sri Lanka claimed that it has prevented community spread of the virus and that the cases now being reported come from two known virus clusters.
As of yet, the country has reported 1,814 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 11 deaths.