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Warm Greetings from sunny Sri Lanka !!!

It is with a great pleasure that we inform you, that the Sri Lankan authorities have further relaxed the arrival formalities for all fully vaccinated passengers. With this latest implementation, all our discerning tourists can arrive into the Isle conveniently and travel within the country with much ease, enjoying their holiday experiences. Given below are some of the important points in brief for your easy reference.

Visa (Electronic Travel Authorization – ETA) could be applied through www.eta.gov.lk, and it is a very straight forward process, and no unnecessary documentation is required to submit in getting the visas done.

The Department of Immigration & Emigration, Sri Lanka has reactivated the issuance of on arrival visas (ETA) for fully vaccinated Tourists at Colombo International Airport (BIA) as well as at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Airport in Mattala (MRIA) from the 07th October onwards.  

No on arrival PCR tests or any other PCR requirements required during the passengers stay in the country for fully vaccinated tourists. (Departure PCR might be required based on the passengers’ airline or the next landing country requirements).

No compulsory Covid19 local insurance cover is required. Clients could carry their own travel insurance, or they could request ground handling agent to organize Covid19 local insurance cover at their wish, but it’s not compulsory.

Clients could stay at any safe and secure certified leisure hotels. Your ground handling executive will assist you to choose the suitable hotels during their stay.

No more bio bubble concept applicable for fully inoculated passengers. They could visit any tourist site and could be mingle with the local community.

During all the airport operations, transfers, hotel operations, site visits, excursions, etc.., all are following the health & safety protocols released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority – SLTDA.

Stay safe & healthy !!!


As a measure to accommodate last minute travel arrangements to Sri Lanka, the immigration and emigration department of Sri Lanka has announced the resumption of issuing visa on arrival at both Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Mattala Rajapakse International Airport (MRIA).

  1. This service has resumed for a limited number of bonafide travellers who are fully vaccinated and is in effect since 07.10.2021.
  2. This is a service initiated for last minute travel arrangements and for those who do not have sufficient time to apply for an online ETA. All other travel protocols and rules will be considered before granting the visa upon entry.
  3. However, it is highly advisable to apply for an online ETA to ensure expediency and to avoid any delays at the arriving airport.

Förenklad inresa till sri lanka för vaccinerade

Information på engelska om de senaste reglerna för inresa – det har blivit avsevärt lättare för vaccinerade att resa in – välkommen till Sri Lanka.

The Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has released a set of simplified regulations for travel in Sri Lanka;

Travellers (2 years and above) to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report and the original vaccination card (if applicable) in English, done within 72 hours prior to embarkation. 
Pre-infected Travellers (during past 3 months) to produce the above or a Rapid Antigen Report (in English) 48 hours prior to embarkation.

Procedure after formalities at the Airport


  1. Free to travel to the community WITHOUT any other tests or quarantine stays.

Unvaccinated Children of Vaccinated Parents

  1. Up to 12 Years: No further tests are needed.
  2. 12 – 18 Years: Day 1 PCR to be done at a Lab in Katunayake or Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotel before being allowed to go to the community.

Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated

  1. Arrival PCR Test and undergo a 14-day bio-bubble travel in Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotels.
  2. Exit PCR Test/ RAT on Day 12 and be released on Day 14.

Unvaccinated Children of Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated Parents

  1. Up to 12 Years: No tests are needed
  2. 12-18 Years: Protocol same as ’Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated’ Parents.

Pre-infected travellers (within the past 3 months) and arriving with a single dose of vaccine taken 2 weeks after recovery.

  1. If arriving 14 days post-vaccination, the above protocol for ‘vaccinated’ will apply.
  2. If not fully vaccinated, should arrive after obtaining a single dose of Astra Zeneca/ Pfizer BioNTech/ Moderna Vaccine.
  3. If 14 days have not passed post-vaccination, protocols under ‘departed within less than two weeks post-vaccination’ will apply.
  4. Unvaccinated children, up to 18 years will be free to move to the community with their parents.

*For travellers departed within less than two weeks after completion of recommended doses of vaccination, protocols under ‘unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated’ will be applied until they complete Day 14 post-vaccination.

The above protocol will take place with immediate effect until 31 October 2021. This will be revised depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country and globally.

New PCR Testing Lab to Open at Bandaranaike International Airport on 20th September 2021

In view of facilitating the passengers travelling to Sri Lanka, the Airport & Aviation Services have established a new state-of-the-art PCR testing laboratory at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake to provide passengers with PCR test results in three hours. The lab will offer swift COVID-19 testing with the capacity of carrying out more than 500 PCR tests per hour and 7,000 PCR tests per day.This is for people who had both doses of the vaccine and arriving 14 days after the second dose. Travellers who receive a negative PCR test report and are fully vaccinated will not have to self-isolate and are permitted to visit the country.It was also announced that Sri Lankans can now do Rapid Antigen Tests free of charge.The Cost of the PCR Testing ServiceThe cost for the PCR test will be $40 from a passenger and the payment can be made at the airport.Communication to the Passenger and Report IssuanceThe tourists have to remain at the airport until the PCR test results are receieved. Based on the negative report, they can travel according to their plans.Handling of Positive Cases with IsolationIf any passenger is tested positive for COVID-19, such passengers will be isolated from the public and the testing area and will be sent to a quarantine center for treatment.