After a long period of 10 months due to Covid-19 nationwide closure, Sri Lanka is now reopened to international tourists from today, 21st of January 2021.
The country has also resumed full flight operations also resumed today at the island’s two international airports, accommodating commercial flights.
However, the country has put some new protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
New Covid-19 Protocols
- All tourists will have to test for Covid-19 in 72 hours prior to departing from their country, and once again seven days later.
- They must stay in a “travel bubble” designated in 14 tourism zones without mixing with the local population. About 180 hotels have been earmarked for tourist accommodations.
Furthermore, the resumption of tourism also follows a pilot project that began on December 26. Under the program, 1,500 tourists from Ukraine visited Sri Lanka in such a travel bubble.
The country has closed its borders with international airports to tourists last March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Tourism has been a vital economic sector for Sri Lanka as about 5% of its GDP and employing 250,000 people directly and up to 3 million indirectly.
However, as of Thursday, Sri Lanka has confirmed more than 55,000 cases with 274 fatalities.