COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
29
Apr

COVID-19 Travel Advisory Notice

Updated as of 3rd May 2021.

All countries are now permitted to come to Sri Lanka.  Please check with your Country of origin on whether you are permitted to travel and what border restrictions are in place.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are low in Sri Lanka but are slowly increasing and the Sri Lankan Government are taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. You should comply with screening measures put in place by the authorities and airlines.

Entry and Visas.
Flights to Sri Lanka are now permitted. If you are wishing to visit Sri Lanka there are certain restrictions (a certain number of PCR tests, Insurance and staying at a Level 1 hotel)  For all the information you require please see below:-
https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/
https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/documents/quarantine_measures_for_travellers_arriving_from_overseas_during_COVID-19.pdf
Visas are only given to travellers who book a Level 1 Safe and Secure Hotel and the visa will be for 30 days. There are no minimum days that you should stay in Sri Lanka.
There are now exceptions made for vaccinations taken; all safety protocols should be adhered to regardless.  See above links and your Travel agent.

Local measures.
Social distancing and mask wearing in public remain in force and those not adhering to the restrictions risk arrest.  Temperature checks and hand sanitizing stations are at many supermarkets/banks/shops etc.  Speak to your travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the security forces at all times.

Hotel bookings.
Whether you have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or not it is mandatory that you stay in a Level 1 Hotel.  For vaccinated individuals (and after 2 weeks after your last dose) it is mandatory that you stay for 24-48 hours in a Level 1 Hotel until your PCR test result comes through.  For non-vaccinated individuals its 14days with two PCR tests.
​After that you are free to stay at Sea Heart House or any Hotel of your choosing. However mask wearing and social distancing will still be in place when you are travelling around and visiting various places.  A list of Level 1 hotels are available below and you can book with them directly or via your travel agent. https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/documents/Level1Hotels/Level1HotelList.pdf

Medical Care.
The Sri Lankan healthcare system may come under strain if the number of cases increases. However vaccinations for COVID-19 have started.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 1912 from a local phone number and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Emergency medical treatment isn’t easily available outside main cities, and you may have to be brought to Colombo for treatment.  Treatment in private hospitals can be expensive and the options for repatriation to the UK or neighbouring countries in an emergency are limited and very expensive.

Further information.
Information on coronavirus is available from Public Health England and the WHO website
You can find more information about cases in Sri Lanka on https://www.hpb.health.gov.lk/en

COVID-19 pandemic

All countries are now permitted to come to Sri Lanka.  Please check with your Country of origin on whether you are permitted to travel and what border restrictions are in place.

Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Government is taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus. You should comply with screening measures put in place by the authorities and airlines.

Entry and Visas.

Flights to Sri Lanka are now permitted. If you are wishing to visit Sri Lanka there are certain restrictions (a certain number of PCR tests, Insurance and staying at a Level 1 hotel)  For all the information you require please visit https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

Visas are only given to travellers who book a Level 1 Safe and Secure Hotel and the visa will be for 30 days. There are no minimum days that you should stay in Sri Lanka.  Currently, no exceptions would be made for vaccinations taken; all safety protocols should be adhered to regardless.

Local measures

Social distancing and mask wearing in public remain in force and those not adhering to the restrictions risk arrest.  Temperature checks and hand sanitizing stations are at many supermarkets/banks/shops etc.  Speak to your travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the security forces at all times.

Hotel bookings

For the first 14 days of your stay in Sri Lanka it is mandatory that you stay in a Level 1 Hotel.  After that you are free to stay at Sea Heart House or any Hotel of your choosing. However mask wearing and social distancing will still be in place when you are travelling around and visiting various places.  A list of Level 1 hotels are available below and you can book with them directly or via your travel agent https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/documents/Level1Hotels/Level1HotelList.pdf

Medical Care

The Sri Lankan healthcare system may come under strain if the number of cases increases. However vaccinations for COVID-19 have started.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 1912 from a local phone number and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Emergency medical treatment isn’t easily available outside main cities, and you may have to be brought to Colombo for treatment. Medical facilities are not always of a standard expected in the UK, particularly outside Colombo. Treatment in private hospitals can be expensive and the options for repatriation to the UK or neighbouring countries in an emergency are limited and very expensive. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Further information

Further information on coronavirus, including advice on preparing for foreign travel and helping reduce the spread of the virus, is available from Public Health England and the WHO website

You can find more information about cases in Sri Lanka on https://www.hpb.health.gov.lk/en