Revised Travel Protocols to visit Sri Lanka, 20 June 2022
The Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has further relaxed travel protocols to Sri Lanka. Kindly note the change denoted below in Italics pertaining to the COVID-19 insurance.
This change has taken effect since 17 June 2022.
- Unvaccinated/ Partially-Vaccinated Travellers (12 years and above) to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report (done within 72 hours prior to embarkation) OR Rapid Antigen Test report (done within 48 hours prior to embarkation), Self Swabs are disallowed.
- The original vaccination certificate/ vaccination card/ verifiable evidence of vaccination, PCR test report/ RAT test report should be produced (in English).
- The mandatory requirement to have an insurance coverage for COVID-19 treatment is lifted with effect from 17 June 2022.
- Submission of Health Declaration Form is not required.
- Definition of a Fully Vaccinated Traveller (applicable to Sri Lanka) – If taken a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer, Sinopharm, Moderna, AstraZeneca etc.) or recommended combination of vaccine (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) or if taken a single dose vaccine (e.g. Janssen etc.) and depart two weeks after obtaining the vaccine.
Procedure after formalities at the Airport
Vaccinated (departed 14 days after complete vaccination)
**No Covid-19 tests (PCR or RAT) required to be done BEFORE travelling to Sri Lanka.
- Free to travel to the community WITHOUT any other tests or quarantine stays.
- Children (18 years and below) if departed 14 days after obtaining at least a single dose of a recognised Vaccine, will be considered ‘Fully Vaccinated’.
Unvaccinated Children of Vaccinated Parents
- Up to 12 Years: No tests are needed.
- 12 – 18 Years: Exempted from pre-boarding and on arrival (day 1) COVID-19 test if departed two weeks after obtaining at least a single dose of Pfizer/ Moderna vaccine as that will be considered as “Fully Vaccinated”.
Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated
- Should mandatorily carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report done within 72 hours prior to embarkation OR RAT done within 48 hours prior to embarkation.
- Exempted from On-Arrival (day 1) PCR Test.
- No further quarantine required if arriving with a negative test.
Unvaccinated Children of Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated Parents
- Up to 12 Years: No tests are needed
- 12-18 Years: Protocol same as ‘Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated’ Parents.
- Travellers with a history of COVID-19 infection more than 6 months before date of departure with a single dose of a two-dose vaccine are NOT considered ‘fully vaccinated’. Therefore they should arrive with a negative pre-boarding COVID-19 test but will be exempted from on-arrival (day 1) test.
- Persons who have taken at least a single dose of a two-dose vaccine and after vaccination had COVID-19 infection during the past six months will be considered as “Fully Vaccinated” and exempted from pre-boarding and on-arrival (day 1) COIVD-19 test.
- Persons who had COVID-19 infection within past six months and after the infection taken a single dose of a two-dose vaccine will be considered as fully vaccinated and exempted from pre-boarding and on arrival (day 1) COVID-19 test.
- Persons with COVID-19 infection should depart from their country to travel to Sri Lanka after 7 days of onset of COVID-19 infection. They should carry a diagnosis card or verifiable evidence of positive COIVD-19 test report (PCR/RAT) as a proof of past history of illness.
- If travellers become infected with COVID-19 after arriving to Sri Lanka, isolation up to 7 days in an approved ‘Safe & Secure certified’ hotel is mandatory.
Local Regulation on Wearing Face Masks
The health ministry advises to wear face masks in public as well as indoors due to the risk of rising covid patients in the country as well as globally. This is preliminarily as a precautionary measure to avoid being exposed to any infected parties (if any) around you.
This will be revised depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country and globally.
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