It is now once again possible to travel to Sri Lanka. Vaccinated people are no longer required to get tested. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people can also travel to Sri Lanka, but need to take a COVID-19 test before departure. Read all about applying for your visa and the remaining measures against the coronavirus in Sri Lanka on this page. This article was updated on 22-06-2022.
COVID-19 in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka had withstood the onset of the coronavirus pandemic well, but in the summer and autumn of 2021, it faced a severe coronavirus wave due to the spread of the delta variant. Since then, many measures have been taken to reduce infection rates. One of these measures was to step up the vaccination programme. By now, most of the population of Sri Lanka has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and infection rates have also dropped sharply. Even with the emergence of the omicron variant, infection rates remained relatively low compared to Western European countries.
Based on these positive developments, the Sri Lankan government has decided to relax entry restrictions. Of course, some coronavirus measures are still in place. International travellers must show proof of vaccination or a test result upon arrival. In many places, wearing a mouth mask is also mandatory.
How to prepare your holiday to Sri Lanka
Are you fully vaccinated against COVID-19?
If you have received at least 2 vaccinations against the coronavirus (or 1 vaccination in the case of the Johnson vaccine) and the last vaccination was received at least 14 days ago, Sri Lanka considers you to be fully vaccinated. Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are considered fully vaccinated if they have received one shot of a European licensed vaccine. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test before leaving for Sri Lanka. After arrival in Sri Lanka you do not have to be tested for the coronavirus and there is no quarantine requirement. Children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated and can travel to Sri Lanka without any problems.
Are you not (fully) vaccinated?
Travellers aged 12 and above who are not (fully) vaccinated according to Sri Lanka’s definition can travel to the country if they take a COVID-19 test before departure. Both PCR and antigen tests are allowed. The PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure and the antigen test no more than 48 hours before departure. The test certificate must be presented upon arrival in Sri Lanka.
Apply for the Sri Lanka visa
Before travelling to Sri Lanka, you need to apply for a visa. You can easily fill in the online form on this website. The visa costs € 49,95 per person. Children also need their own visa. After the visa has been granted, it can be downloaded and printed. You do not need to know the exact date of arrival, but when filling in the application form for the Sri Lanka visa you need to give an estimated arrival date. The actual arrival date can be 3 months earlier or later than the given estimated date.
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Arrange for the mandatory coronavirus insurance
Before leaving to Sri Lanka, you need to take out a COVID-19 insurance on this website. The insurance costs 12 USD and covers all damages caused by the coronavirus, for a maximum stay of 30 days. After filling in the form and paying the insurance costs, you will receive a QR-code that you need to be able to show on arrival in Sri Lanka.
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What are the rules for the trip home?
Are you travelling back to the UK? If so, you don’t need to take any COVID-19 tests. You also don’t need to complete a passenger locator form or to quarantine after returning to the UK either. These rules apply to all UK citizens, whether they are (fully) vaccinated or not. This also applies to passengers transiting in the UK.
Disclaimer: Although Sri Lanka is increasingly getting the coronavirus under control, rules can still change quickly. Although this page has been compiled with care, it cannot be guaranteed that all the information is complete and up-to-date at all times. Before making any travel plans, you are strongly advised to inquire with your airline, travel agent or tour operator about the rules and measures you should take into account.