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Sri Lanka updating arrival procedures start January 2022

Sri Lanka updating tourist arrival procedures, Health Protocols and Insurance Requirements from 1st Jan 2022


As of 1st January 2022, all passengers arriving into Sri Lanka will need to fill out an Online Health Declaration Form before beginning their outbound journey.

Online Health Declaration Form mandatory from 1st January 2022

As of 1st January 2022, all passengers arriving into Sri Lanka will need to fill out an Online Health Declaration Form before beginning their outbound journey.

In addition, all other required travel documents such as vaccination record, pre-departure Covid-19 test report, data page of passport etc. must be uploaded online prior to boarding their outbound flight.

Upon completion of providing all necessary travel documentation, a QR code will be provided, either digitally or as a hard copy. This QR code should be presented upon arrival into Sri Lanka.

The Online Health Declaration Form can be found here.

Removal of travel restriction for several southern African countries - immediate

The temporary travel restriction placed on tourists arriving into Sri Lanka from several southern African countries has now been removed. Travellers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini are now allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka following the current tourist guidelines which allow quarantine-free travel for fully-vaccinated travellers. 

Additional new Sri Lanka travel updates - with immediate effect

Children no longer need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of their embarkation to Sri Lanka. This restriction applies only to those aged 12 years or above, who must be able to provide proof of a negative test result written in the English language. If travellers have a history of Covid-19 in the three months prior to their arrival into Sri Lanka and can provide evidence of this in English, the PCR test can be replaced with a rapid antigen test done within 48 hours before embarkation. 

The temporary travel restriction placed on tourists arriving into Sri Lanka from several southern African countries has now been removed. Travellers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini are now allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka following the current tourist guidelines which allow quarantine-free travel for fully-vaccinated travellers. 
 
Removal of pre-arrival PCR test for children aged up to 12 - with immediate effect

Children younger than 12 years of age no longer need to take a PCR test prior to their embarkation to Sri Lanka.

Any tourists aged 12 years or above must be able to provide proof of a negative test result written in the English language.

If travellers have a history of Covid-19 in the three months prior to their arrival into Sri Lanka and can provide evidence of this in English, the pre-arrival PCR test can be replaced with a rapid antigen test done within 48 hours before embarkation. 

Mandatory Covid-19 Local Insurance Cover reintroduced from 20th December 2021

From 20th December 2021, fully-vaccinated travellers must also obtain Covid-19 Local Insurance Cover at USD 12 per person for their Sri Lanka holiday. This will be a mandatory requirement for all tourists. 

Up to and including 19th December 2021, fully-vaccinated travellers are exempt from obtaining Covid-19 Local Insurance Cover but should ensure that they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy that will cover health and other expenses related to Covid-19. This travel insurance policy should also provide adequate cover for any accompanying not vaccinated / non-fully vaccinated children. The Government of Sri Lanka will not bear any Covid-19-related costs. 

Fully-vaccinated travellers accompanied by not vaccinated / non-fully vaccinated children between 12 - 18 years old must pay for an on-arrival PCR test at USD 40 per test. You can pay for this on arrival at the airport or approved laboratory, or in advance via www.visitsrilanka.gov.lk

A comprehensive overview of the current health protocols for fully-vaccinated travellers visiting Sri Lanka can be found here.
 
Click here for more Information on Sri Lanka's Health Regulation, medical Service

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