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Sri Lanka Reopens to International Visitors from August 1, 2020

  • Mark Weaver
  • 12 June
Sri Lanka Reopens to International Visitors from August 1, 2020

Having achieved remarkable results in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, Sri Lanka is ready to start from August 1, 2020, and welcome travelers from all countries to return to this paradise island in the Indian Ocean.

Ms. Kimarli Fernando, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Authority, announced "Sri Lanka Tourism Development Agency (SLTDA) has listened to the recommendations of the global health and travel authorities on safety protection measures and decided to reopen to tourists from all over the world. The tourism industry of Sri Lankas will adopt the highest standards of protection measures to provide international tourists with a safer and more secure travel experience, and welcome tourists from all over the world to experience the beauty of our paradise island again."

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka was named the top travel destination country in 2019 by Lonely Planet. From pristine beaches to lush green mountains, nature, culture, history, and colorful travel experiences gather here to provide visitors with "Unforgettable travel experience".

In terms of aviation, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Ratmarana International Airport (RIA) in the capital city of Colombo and the Matarai International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota will be available on August 1, 2020. Open to travelers from all countries. Visa issuance is only done online and must be applied for before travel.

Sri Lanka reopens

Starting from August 1, 2020, the online visa procedures and requirements for tourists are as below.

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After the tourists arrive in Lanka, they will undergo a free PCR test at the airport. Unless symptoms are found, the tourists will not be directed to the isolation center. All passengers will be transferred to a certified hotel near the airport through the scheduled transportation method and stay for 24 hours to wait for the PCR test results to be completed. That is, the first night booking must be a certified 4-5 star hotel in Colombo or Negombo. Within 4-5 days after entry, we will contact you to check in the hotel on the same day according to your itinerary, and conduct a second free PCR test on you.

Sri Lanka reopens to tourists

For five-star hotels, boutique hotels, resorts and four-star hotels in Sri Lanka, the tourism department will re-conduct an independent audit and certification process to ensure that they are "safe and reliable". And for accommodations with three stars and below, re-certification and ranking will also be carried out.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Authority has compiled all necessary safety protection measures into a guidebook, and dispatched them to relevant units to ensure that these measures are taken in their operations to ensure the safety of international travelers. According to the guidelines, all major tourist attractions must also have COVID-19 health and epidemic prevention procedures and undergo on-site audits to ensure compliance. The guide will soon be published on the Sri Lanka tourism website, and will be updated regularly to report the latest global epidemic prevention progress and risk level. The website also opens a question and answer section to better solve tourists' questions.

Welcome to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has made remarkable achievements in the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic and proved that Sri Lanka is not only a world-renowned travel destination, but also a country with an excellent healthcare system. As of May 20, 2020, the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka announced that it has zero community transmission for three consecutive weeks, and has produced a comprehensive anti-epidemic instruction manual for the public, including personal hygiene care and social distancing.

For travel-related inquiries, please call (+94) 11 2426900 or (+94) 11 2440001 or visit

For visa inquiries, please call the official hotline (+94) 77 1588724 of the Sri Lanka Immigration Department.


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