It is now again possible to travel to Sri Lanka. Those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus / COVID-19 do not have to go into quarantine after arrival. There are, however, some COVID-19 rules you should take into account. In this article, you can read how the coronavirus affects your trip to Sri Lanka. This article has been updated on 07-01-2022.

How is COVID-19 developing in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka seems to have a better grip on the coronavirus. The number of infections has decreased significantly over the past months. The vaccination programme is also progressing well. On 5 January 2022, 73% of Sri Lankans had been vaccinated with at least one dose. In addition, 63.2% had been fully vaccinated and 18.6% had received a booster vaccination.

Currently, it is possible to travel to Sri Lanka. Some basic rules apply to everyone, such as washing hands regularly, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres and wearing face masks in public places. The current rules (for events or groups for example) change depending on how the coronavirus develops.

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What rules apply during your stay in Sri Lanka?

Rules applying to all travellers

All travellers must apply for a visa to enter Sri Lanka before departure. Currently, this is not possible via e-Visa.ie, but it is possible via the website of the Sri Lankan immigration service.

Travellers older than 12 years of age must take a PCR test up to 72 hours before departure to Sri Lanka. Before departure, the negative test result must be uploaded through the website of Sri Lanka‘s international airport. A vaccination certificate must also be uploaded through the same website, and a health statement must be completed prior to departure. Once this is done, a QR code will be generated. This QR code must be shown on arrival in Sri Lanka. This may be done digitally or on paper. The results of the COVID-19 test must also be shown on arrival.

The Sri Lankan government requires travellers to take out a special COVID-19 insurance. It costs 12 USD per month and can be applied for via the website ‘Visit Sri Lanka‘. In addition, make sure you have travel insurance that covers the possible consequences of the coronavirus before you leave.

Rules for fully vaccinated travellers and children under 12 years of age

If a fully vaccinated traveller can show a positive test result not older than 3 months on arrival in Sri Lanka, a negative antigen test result not older than 48 hours before departure is required. The test result must be in English. Did you receive your final vaccination more than 14 days ago? In that case, you can travel freely. Is this not the case? Then the flexible Bio-Bubble quarantine policy that includes pre-approved tourist spots applies.

Rules for travellers who have recovered from COVID-19

If on arrival, a fully vaccinated traveller has a positive test result not older than 3 months, a negative antigen test result not older than 48 hours is required. The test result must be in English. Did you receive your final vaccination more than 14 days ago? Then you are free to travel. Is this not the case? Then the flexible Bio-Bubble quarantine policy that includes pre-approved tourist spots applies.

Rules for unvaccinated travellers

Travellers who have not yet been (fully) vaccinated can still visit Sri Lanka. However, they have to stay the first seven nights (eight days) in a so-called Bio-Bubble. The Bio-Bubble includes certain approved areas and attractions. By staying within the Bio-Bubble, the risk of transmission of the coronavirus is limited.

Travellers aged 18 years or older who are not (fully) vaccinated must also take a PCR test on both the first and seventh day after arrival in Sri Lanka. These two tests must be paid for before departure to Sri Lanka via the website ʻVisit Sri Lankaʼ and cost 40 US dollars each. Are both test results negative? Then you can travel freely from the eighth day in Sri Lanka.

Unvaccinated children between 12 and 18 years only need to take one COVID-19 test, which is on the day of arrival. This test also costs 40 USD and can be purchased on the ‘Visit Sri Lanka‘ website. Upon arrival, they must quarantine with their parents. If the test result is negative, they are free to travel with their parents. Children under the age of 12 do not have to take any test.

What rules apply for the trip home?

Have you been fully vaccinated? If so, you must take a PCR test no later than the second day after your arrival in the UK. This test must be booked before you depart for the UK. You must quarantine until you have received your negative test result. If the result of your PCR test is positive, you must quarantine for a period of 10 days from the day you were tested.

Have you not been fully vaccinated? In that case, you must spend 10 days in quarantine after your arrival in the UK. You must also do a PCR test on the second and eighth day after your return home. In the case of a positive test result, you must spend another 10 days in quarantine, counting from the day on which the test was taken.