If you are planning on visiting Sri Lanka anytime soon, the country’s government has put in place new guidelines. Now, visitors from India and the world will have to follow the revised protocols, including carrying their vaccination cards or negative RT-PCR test reports. Here are the details.
Sri Lanka is among the most scenic South Asian countries to travel to, with beautiful beaches, hills, history and flavourful cuisine. And if you want to visit the place anytime soon, you’ll have to keep in mind the nation’s revised COVID-19 protocols. The same has been released by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka on January 14, on their official social media handles.
Sri Lanka Travel: All you need to know about the latest guidelines
➡️ Please carry the vaccination card.
➡️Unvaccinated travellers to carry a negative PCR report obtained 72 hours prior to travel. pic.twitter.com/HDJLtTDRuP
— India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) January 14, 2023
As per the new rules, all tourists visiting the island nation will now be required to show their vaccination certificate, and if unvaccinated, a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report. The test report has to be acquired within 72 hours of their arrival in the nation.
As travel started to open up around the world, Sri Lanka joined the list of countries that eased travel rules. This included relaxing the regulations on vaccination and testing, along with the removal of the mandate of producing a pre-boarding or on-arrival negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test).
However, these testing rules were put back in place last week because of the recent rise in virus cases. To add to the same, the Sri Lankan government will keep a close watch on those who want to travel there, to check whether the health advisories are being adhered to.
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The story was first published in Travel and Leisure Asia