Updated information on removal of suspension of inbound passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka and home quarantine for the Fully Vaccinated

The temporary suspension of inbound passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka which was in effect from 11.59 pm on 21 May 2021 to 11.59 pm on 31 May 2021 was removed with effect from 1 June 2021.

Approval to enter Sri Lanka

The following categories of persons will be permitted to enter Sri Lanka without prior approval of the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority:

  1. Sri Lankans (including Sri Lankan seafarers arriving by air)
    2. Dual Citizens who travel on Sri Lankan Passports
    3. Foreign spouses of Sri Lankans
    4. Unmarried children of Sri Lankans, who hold foreign nationality

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports (who do not hold dual citizenship) as well as dual citizens travelling on foreign pasports travelling to Sri Lanka for family visits/family emergencies etc and valid residence visa holders should continue to obtain prior approval of the Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority. Such persons should obtain Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority approval by sending a request to the Foreign Ministry in Colombo to the email address entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk giving the following details:

  1. Name of the passenger
    2. Nationality and the passport number
    3. The country of departure
    4. Intended date of entry into Sri Lanka and the flight number, if available
    5. Purpose of the visit
Obtaining visas for Sri Lanka

Foreign passport holders should have prior visas to enter Sri Lanka as On-Arrival visas are not issued at present. As visas for Sri Lanka are issued only by the Department of Immigration and Emigration at present, all passengers  who need a visa for Sri Lanka should arrange a representative in Sri Lanka to apply for a visa/landing endorsement at the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka at Battaramulla with the relevant documents (copy of the passport of the traveller and the approval received by email from the Foreign Ministry for traveling to Sri Lanka) to obtain a by paying the relevant visa fee.

Ex-Sri Lankans and foreign nationals visiting Sri Lanka for tourism

Ex-Sri Lankans holding foreign passports and foreign nationals who wish to travel to Sri Lanka for the purpose of tourism should follow the Tourist Travel Bio Bubble procedure of the Sri Lanka Toursim Promotion Bureau. The procedure, including how to obtain the approval for travelling and visa procedure is available on the website at the link https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.

New guidelines on quarantine measures effective from 08 July 2021 with amendmends effective from 17 July 2021

All travellers of two years of age and above arriving in Sri Lanka should carry a negative report of a COVID-19 test done within 72 hours prior to embarkation. Pre-departure COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test reports are not accepted. Please note that Airlines do not accept NHS Covid-19 testing for international travel. Information on providers of Covid-19 testing for international travel is available on the UK Government web portal at the link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing. All travellers must undergo a PCR test on arrival (On Arrival (Day One) test)  and stay at a quatrantine hotel or quarantine centre until the result of the On Arrival (Day One) PCR test is available.

Passengers who have obtained the recommended doses of COVID vaccination (2 doses of AstraZeneca/Pfizer/Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) and departing two weeks after the completion of vaccination are considered as Fully Vaccinated.

No quarantine is necessary for Fully Vaccinated travellers if the On Arrival (Day One) PCR test is negative. They will be discharged from the quatrantine hotel or quarantine centre  afrer a Discharge Document being issued and shall not be further quarantined at home/resident/hotel. Fully Vaccinated travellers who have not arrived from/transited in India or a travel restricted country (please see below) and released from quarantine with an On Arrival (Day One) negative PCR report do not have to undergo a second PCR test on Day 7 after arrival in Sri Lanka.

Children below 18 years will be discharged with  Fully Vaccinated parents under the following procedure:

  • unvaccinated children between 2-18 years are subjected to On Arrival (Day One) PCR test. If they are released on a negative result with fully vaccinated parents they should undergo a Covid-19 PCR test on Day Seven.
  • children below 2 years will be dischareged without On Arrival (Day One) PCR test. However, if the On Arrival (Day One) PCR test of a parent is positive, Children below 2 years are also subjected to PCR testing.

All passengers who are not Fully Vaccinated should mandatarily quarantine until the completion of 14 days after arrival in Sri Lanka at a a quatrantine hotel, quarantine centre or  Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel.

Foreign nationals with a travel history (including transit) in the past 14 days to India, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and countries in Latin America  will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan nationals and their foreign national spouses, dual citizens and their foreign national spouses, valid residence visa holders, foreign national staff members of diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka and foreign national travelling at the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka and Private organizations for important projects/meetings and arriving from/have been in transit in/having a travel history, in India, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Latin American countries within 14 days of arrival in Sri Lanka are allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka with the permission of the Director General of Health Services, followed by the Foreign Ministry/Civil Aviation Authority approval. Such Permission should be obtained by emailing dghs@health.gov.lk (for the approval of the Director General of Health Services), entry.permission@mfa.gov.lk (for Foreign Ministry approval) and caaslpax@caa.lk (for Civil Aviation Authority approval). Sri Lankan nationals and their foreign national spouses and dual citizens and their foreign national spouses arriving from restricted countries should undergo mandatory quatrantine of 14 days at a designated hotel or a quarantine centre, irrespective of their vaccination status. They cannot stay at a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel. All foreign nationals who have been granted approval to arrive from a restricted country have to undergo mandatory quarantine of 14 days at a quarantine hotel. They cannot undergo quarantine at Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 or at a residence.

Detailed information on the new quarantine measures effective from 12 August 2021 is available in the Health Ministry Circular dated 11 August 2021.

Last updated on 13 August 2021