Removal of suspension of inbound passenger arrivals to Sri Lanka and home quarantine for Sri Lankans/Dual Citizens

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.

Sri Lankan nationals and dual citizens arriving in Sri Lanka, who have obtained the recommended doses of the Covid-19 vaccines and depart the country of origin two weeks after the completion of the vaccination will be permitted to spend the mandatory quarantine at home, if they have a residence /home in Sri Lanka suitable for undergoing home quarantine. They should undergo PCR testing on arrival and stay at a quatrantine hotel, quarantine centre or a Secure & Certified Level One Hotel until On Arrival Day One PCR test is available. With a negative PCR test, they will be allowed to leave for home where they should spend the remaining period of the mandatory 14 day quarantine. At the end of the 14 day they should do a second PCR test and submit the report  to the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of the area. With a negative PCR report, they will be discharged from home quarantine.

Home quarantine will not be permitted to Sri Lankan nationals and dual citizens who have obtained the recommended doses of the Covid-19 vaccines and arriving from/have been in transit in/having a travel history, in India, Vietnam, South Africa and Latin American countries, within 14 days of arrival in Sri Lanka.

These guidelines are valid until 30 June 2021.

For further details, please refer to the Ministry of Health Circular No DGHS/COVID-19/347/2021 dated 6 June 2021.


The approval procedure for travelling to Sri Lanka for dual citizens not travelling on Sri Lankan passports and foreign passport holders including tourists, is available at

Last updated on 07 June 2021


Webinar on “Ceylon Artisanal Teas”

In celebration of the International Tea Day – 21st May 2021, the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) and Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) have organized a webinar to introduce Sri Lanka’s artisanal teas to a wider audience of tea connoisseurs around the world.

The webinar will include a short video on the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association (CATA) and live visits to several member estates, as well as a panel discussion on the growing global demand for artisanal tea featuring Sri Lankan leading tea exporters and major global tea buyers and writers etc.

Feel free to join – 21 May 2021, 1PM UK time @

State Ministry of Regional Cooperation launches Creative Economy Programme

The State Ministry of Regional Cooperation has launched a “Creative Economy Programme” with the view towards contributing to the country’s economy and promoting Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. The ‘creative economy’ is a rapidly expanding segment of the global economy and has made a crucial contribution towards generating employment, income and exports. Based on creativity, it encompasses all artistic, innovative and cultural products and services. It is also conducive to sustainable development.

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Sri Lanka concerned over escalating violence between Palestine and Israel

Sri Lanka remains deeply concerned over escalating violence between Palestine and Israel.

The Foreign Minister has already conveyed to the Ambassador of Palestine to Sri Lanka three days ago Sri Lanka’s deep concern over the situation and the interest to protect the rights and the lives of the people of Palestine.

Sri Lanka urges all parties to cease conflict and restore peace and to take steps to avoid any risk of a threat of instability to the wider region likely to arise from ongoing developments.

Foreign Ministry


17 May 2021

Sri Lanka opposes Bill 104 of Ontario Legislative Assembly

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met with the Canadian High Commissioner David McKinnon at the Foreign Ministry today (10/05).   The Minister conveyed the Government’s deep concerns on the passing of Private Member Bill 104 on ‘Tamil Genocide Education Week’ by the Ontario Legislative Assembly on 06 May 2021.  The Minister explained that the Ontario Legislative Assembly makes a finding that ‘genocide’ has taken place in Sri Lanka contradicting the official position of the Government of Canada which had confirmed that it has not made a finding that there was a genocide in Sri Lanka.  He sought immediate intervention of the Canadian government to stop Royal Assent by Hon. Lt. Governor of Ontario to the said Bill.

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Sri Lankan cuisine promoted at ‘The Dorchester’ in London

The Sri Lankan born executive chef Mario Perera is showcasing the vibrant, colourful and spiced dishes from Sri Lanka at the brand-new dining outlet at The Dorchester from 10 – 30 May 2021.  The newest culinary experience ‘A taste of Sri Lanka with executive chef Mario Perera’ is the third instalment of The Dorchester’s summer series.

Chef Perera’s culinary endeavour which is supported by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, is a combination of the passion for his Sri Lankan heritage and 20 years’ experience at The Dorchester.

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Sri Lanka condemns the terrorist attack on Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament and former President of Maldives Hon. Mohamed Nasheed

Sri Lanka condemns the terrorist attack on Hon. Mohamed Nasheed the Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament and the former President of Maldives, on 06 May 2021.

At this most critical time, the people and the Government of Sri Lanka join in expressing solidarity with the people and the Government of Maldives while strongly condemning all forms of violence.

Foreign Ministry


07 May, 2021

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