Sri Lanka will reopen for tourism in August, with strict coronavirus testing
Colombo – Sri Lanka’s virus-laced tourism industry may reopen to foreign guests from August, but under strict guidelines, including several coronovirus tests during their stay, officials said on Saturday.
Tourism was only recovering from the effects of last year’s Easter Sunday bombings, which killed 279 people, including 45, when the virus halted international travel on the island and forced hotels to close, causing thousands People became unemployed.
Sri Lanka’s tourism ministry said that travelers will be able to travel from August 1, but they must carry a COVID-19 free certificate issued no earlier than 72 hours before boarding.
Even with this document, tourists must undergo a virus test at the airport upon arrival.
Further investigation will be done after four to five days – and a third if longer than 10 days.
The ministry said, “While this may be inconvenient, it is necessary to keep everyone safe and provide mental peace.”
The regular visa fee of $ 40 has been increased to $ 100, visitors can only stay in hotels designated by the ministry, and public transportation on the island is not allowed.
In addition, only those who spend a minimum of five days in Sri Lanka will be allowed.
The country has reported 27 deaths and 1,801 infections since a coronavirus patient was identified earlier on 27 January.
The number of visitors to Sri Lanka decreased to 1.91 million in the previous year from 2.33 million in the previous year.