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.