Sri Lanka Lifts All COVID-19 Restrictions for Travelers

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Sri Lankan officials have lifted all COVID-19 travel restrictions. International arrivals can now enter the country without showing any additional COVID-19 documentation.

The change came into effect on December 13, 2022, and it applies to all nationalities arriving from any country.

With the removal of extra health requirements, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is expected to receive a welcome boost. Travelers will no longer be discouraged from visiting due to additional document demands that previously made traveling more difficult.

The decision impacts all passengers, regardless of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated arrivals can now enter Sri Lanka without any restrictions.

Though all COVID-19 policies have been removed, all other standard immigration rules must be followed. This includes Sri Lanka’s visa policy.

Sri Lanka Lifts All COVID-19 Restrictions for Travelers

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Requirements

Like most countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lankan health authorities introduced extra entry requirements for foreign arrivals. These policies helped to control the spread of coronavirus within the country, and among travelers entering and leaving.

Before restrictions were removed, passengers had to have one of the following:

  • COVID-19 vaccine certificate
  • Negative PCR test
  • Negative antigen test
  • Recovery certificate

Tourists without one of the documents mentioned above were subject to a COVID-19 test on arrival.

Now that all restrictions have been lifted, none of these documents are needed. Passengers are also now exempt from taking a test on arrival.

Sri Lanka health form and insurance

Previously, foreigners were also required to complete a Health Declaration Form for Sri Lanka. This is no longer a requirement.

Health insurance that covered COVID-19 costs was mandatory, however this rule has also been removed.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka?

If a visitor tests positive for COVID-19 while they are n Sri Lanka, they are required to quarantine for 7 days at a private hospital.

This quarantine rule only applies to those who test positive. Arrivals are not expected to quarantine unless they have the virus.

Previously, passengers had to undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival, even if they presented a negative test result. This rule has now been lifted.

Do I Need Additional Documents to Enter Sri Lanka?

International arrivals do not need additional COVID-19 documentation to visit Sri Lanka. As mentioned above, all requirements have now been removed.

Standard entry policies for Sri Lanka still apply. The decision to remove restrictions only applies to COVID-19 documents.

Passengers from all countries must still obtain a Sri Lanka ETA before their trip. This is a mandatory requirement for all nationalities (minus the Maldives, the Seychelles, and Singapore).

The Sri Lanka ETA is an Electronic Travel Authorization which gives the holder permission to enter the country from overseas. The document is easy to obtain and 100% online, thanks to the simple Sri Lanka ETA application form.

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