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COVID-19 travel restrictions: Sri Lanka

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This article was published on May 9, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Sri Lanka? 

You can enter Sri Lanka as of April 2022. Nevertheless, certain COVID-19 requirements are still in place for all arrivals. 

All foreign arrivals have to complete an ETA form before departure to Sri Lanka.

Please be aware that in some cases (e.g., a lack of time) when travelers can not complete the form before departure, they can do it upon arrival in Sri Lanka at the airport. This rule applies to all nationals, except for:

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Can I enter Sri Lanka if I am vaccinated?

You can enter Sri Lanka if you are vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received the entire course of your vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Jordan

Children between the ages of 12 to 18 years taken at least a single dose of a recognized vaccine for COVID-19 14 days before arrival in Sri Lanka will have the same privileges as a fully vaccinated person.

As of April 2022, the Sri Lanka government has approved seven vaccine drugs:

  • Pfizer 
  • Sputnik V
  • Astra Zeneca / Oxford
  • Sinopharm (Beijing
  • Moderna
  • Sinovac (Coronavac)
  • Serum Institute of India (Covishield)

Travel documents if I am fully vaccinated

  • Document confirming two doses of vaccination in English
  • Insurance with a coverage of $50,000 for COVID-19 needs

Can I enter Sri Lanka if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Sri Lanka if you are unvaccinated. 

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • PCR test result is taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours before departure
  • Insurance with a coverage of $50,000 for COVID-19 needs

Please note that you do not have to present the test if you have been infected with COVID-19 within six months to seven days before your departure flight to Sri Lanka and have received at least a single dose of a recommended vaccine.

Can I leave Sri Lanka?

Both vaccinated, and unvaccinated travelers can leave Sri Lanka. Still, COVID-19 limits are in place in most countries. Please, find out the information concerning the necessity of entry declarations and negative COVID-19 test results for fully vaccinated travelers in your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

  • A document confirming vaccination status

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country) or
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka currently

As of April 2022, the COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka has become safer.

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Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka right now?

International travel to Sri Lanka is safe provided you follow basic COVID-19 rules, like wearing masks indoors and outdoors during massive events and keeping social distance.

Is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte open for travel now?

The capital of Sri Lanka is open for tourists now. Please note that there are the same countywide COVID-19 restrictions in place.  

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Sri Lanka?

You do not have to self-isolate or quarantine upon arrival in Sri Lanka.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Sri Lanka?

At present, a QR code generated by a completed ETA is considered to be a health pass when in Sri Lanka.

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