Sri Lanka to welcome tourists from August 1, 2020


Sri Lanka Tourism opens for international tourists from 1st August 2020 Sri
Lanka, the island of Paradise in the Indian Ocean, is ready to welcome
global travelers from all countries  starting from 1st August 2020,
following the country's successful containment of COVID-19. Kimarli
Fernando, Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism, announced; "Sri Lanka Tourism
will provide international visitors with the highest standards of safety as
we embrace tourists from across the world  to experience the beauty of our
paradise island once more. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
(SLTDA) has put in place all precautions recommended by global health and
travel authorities to re-open the country to tourists."                                                                 

Sri Lanka offers a diverse range of attractions from pristine beaches to lush green mountains and is
known as an island that offers 'unmissable experiences'.
Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Ratmalana
International Airport (RIA) as well as Hambantota's Mattala Rajapaksa
International Airport (MRIA) will be opened from 1st August 2020 for
international travelers from all nations. The issuing of visas will be only
online and must be applied for prior to travel. The online visa procedure
and requirements for tourists from 1st August 2020 are: . A negative PCR
test report from an accredited laboratory taken within 72 hours prior to
landing in Sri Lanka. A confirmed travel itinerary covering at least 5 nights at certified
accommodations . A valid return air ticket . Travel insurance with health
and hospitalization cover . A visa fee of USD 100 will be applicable

Tourists will not have to undergo quarantine procedures. A mandatory health
screening and sanitizing process including a PCR test will be conducted at
arrival Airports free of charge for tourists, and all travelers will be
transferred through pre-booked transportation to designated hotels in close
proximity tothe airport, to await their PCR test results which would be
expected within 24 hours. First night pending the test result could be in a
selected certified hotel in Colombo or Negombo for arrivals from BIA / RIA
and in and around Hambantota for arrivals from MRIA. Sri Lanka Tourism will
conduct further PCR tests free of charge, for any tourists staying longer
than 5 nights.

An independent audit process will commence to certify registered entities as
'Safe & Secure', starting from five-star hotels, boutique hotels and villas,
and four-star establishments, followed by certification of establishments
ranked three-star and below. Sri Lanka Tourism has developed guidelines and
put in place necessary precautionary measures for all stakeholders to adopt
in their operations, to ensure the safety of international travelers. All
major tourist attractions are also required to have a COVID-19 health and
safety protocol as per the guidelines and will have spot audits to ensure
compliance. This guideline will soon be available on the Sri Lanka Tourism
website and will be updated periodically to
reflect latest global best practices and risk levels. A FAQs section too can
be accessed on this site.

Sri Lanka has been highly successful in its efforts to control the spread of
COVID-19 and has proven that the country is not just the world's number one
travel destination, but also a destination with an excellent health care
system. As at May 20, 2020, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health declared zero
community transmission for over three weeks. Comprehensive guidelines are in
place for the public at all times including hand hygiene and social

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