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Sri Lanka Opens to Tourists on August 1, but Requires Four COVID-19 Tests

Sri Lanka News
by Eben Diskin Jun 9, 2020

Sri Lanka is planning to welcome tourists back starting on August 1, 2020, but it’s taking this step with a serious safety protocol.

Many countries are now requiring a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, administering them at the airports, but Sri Lanka is requiring four tests. According to Sri Lanka Tourism, the first test must be taken within 72 hours of your departure to Sri Lanka, and the second will be administered at the airport, on arrival, for free. While you’re waiting for the results — it could take up to 24 hours — you must wait in a hotel in Colombo or Negombo. Assuming you test negative, you will be required to take another test four to five days after arrival via a mobile unit, and if you’re staying longer, yet another test after 10 days.

“While this may be inconvenient,” the tourism website acknowledges, “it is essential to safeguard everybody and provide peace of mind.”

If you do test positive after any of these four tests, you will be placed in quarantine for 14 to 21 days, depending on your symptoms.

In addition to the tests, a tourist visa will now cost $100 (it was previously free), and in your visa application you must provide your itinerary, proof of medical insurance, booking details, and return ticket information.

So yes, visiting Sri Lanka after August will definitely be possible, but you’ll have to be committed.

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