Normal Info

The Sri Lankan Border is closed to non-citizens. The Airport is closed to common inbound journey, no matter citizenship. There’s a distinction; see beneath in case you’re making an attempt to return. Outbound flights are leaving as regular. Sure, I do know you possibly can nonetheless ebook common flights on-line to Colombo. That doesn’t imply the airways have insider data on when the Airport will open again up. They’re merely making an attempt to generate cashflow; the flights can and can be canceled nearer to departure if the Airport is not open.

The newest public launch by the federal government post-poned the reopening of the airport indefinitely. No-one right here can let you know when it would open for normal inbound flights. Gota in all probability might, however I extremely doubt he is on Reddit.


For those who’re a vacationer or overseas expat making an attempt to journey to Sri Lanka within the close to future, please re-think your journey plans. The border is presently closed to non-citizens.

If your journey plans will not be rapid, the Sri Lanka Tourism Growth Authority (SLTDA) has a complete doc on the draft protocols for vacationer administration instantly after re-opening. Here’s a condensed model of an important pointers:

  • All vacationers should current a unfavorable PCR take a look at outcome (taken throughout the final 72 hours) to the airline at check-in.

  • Upon touchdown, vacationers can be topic to PCR take a look at on the airport; they must keep at licensed lodging near the airport for 1 evening till this take a look at comes again.

  • Additional PCR checks 5-7 and 10-12 days after arrival, relying on the size of keep.

  • Vacationers can solely keep in SLTDA registered and licensed lodging. Public transport can’t be utilized by vacationers.

  • A minimal of 5 nights required for every reserving.

  • If any of the PCR checks come again optimistic, the traveller can be quarantined at a hospital or resort (relying on severity) at a charge of US$100 per evening.

  • Prior tour preparations should be introduced upon touchdown (ie. no extra unplanned backpacking excursions in the meanwhile).

Keep in mind these are all draft protocols; they’re topic to alter in keeping with the worldwide and native results of the pandemic. Given the character of native governance, it’s also inconceivable to foretell what pointers can be enforced. Except you’ve got a urgent have to journey to SL, wait till the airport reopens and folks have an thought of the system that is really applied.

Returning Sri Lankan Residents

For those who’re a citizen seeking to return to SL, you are able to do so. The Airport is closed for normal inbound flights although, so DO NOT ebook an everyday ticket on-line or by a journey agent. For those who want to return to SL, there are particular authorities repatriation flights that ferry returnees.

If you wish to get a seat on a kind of flights, contact your native Sri Lankan Excessive Fee ASAP. They’ll assist you get on the wait-list for a flight. There’s already a ton of individuals ready to be repatriated, so the earlier you do that the higher. You’ll have to pay for the flight; count on it to be considerably greater than an everyday one. A one-way ticket from Halifax (Canada)-Colombo on the repatriation flight price US$2200; this route is often $1400-1700. Shorter routes have much less of a markup.

Upon touchdown, you can be topic to 14 days of quarantine, both at a resort or at a authorities run quarantine centre. Authorities run centres are free. Present ones that I do know of are on the Aryuvedic Hospital and the Moratuwa College dorms. Those I’ve seen are particular person rooms, generally with communal bogs. Chances are you’ll or might not need to share a room with another person relying on the precise QC. Meals are supplied at no extra cost.

Lodge quarantines price between LKR7500 to 15000 per evening, relying on the precise resort. Most are LKR7500 per particular person on a dual-sharing foundation, and 12500 for a single room (Observe: these charges had been true as of August. They’re topic to alter). This can be at motels like Citrus Waskaduwa, Jetwing Lagoon, Avani Benthota, and so on. All of these had been/are getting used for quarantine. You do not have a alternative on which resort you are despatched to; the federal government will resolve for every flight. Cost is made in full alongside the ticket to the Excessive Commissions previous to departure.

No matter which choice you select, you may have at the very least one PCR take a look at throughout your keep. Many of the data above is from private expertise, or from secondary info from my associates who’ve been by the method.

Outbound Journey

If it’s good to fly out of Sri Lanka, there are common flights leaving. You do have to be sure to meet all of the entry necessities of the nation you are flying to, as most airways will verify documentation at check-in. Barring extra well being and documentation checks on the airport although there is not any change within the course of. It will be finest to reach on the airport with further time to spare.

I will be updating this submit as we obtain new info on the procedures for reopening. If anybody has any questions, depart them within the feedback and I will do my finest to seek out a solution. Additionally, in case you spot outdated/incorrect knowledge be at liberty to appropriate me.

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