Sri Lanka reopens International Borders

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Once can start dreaming of Sri Lanka’s star attractions once again during the post-Covid-19 pandemic period. The country will reopen all airports for International Tourists in two weeks. Tourism Minister of Sri Lanka Prasanna Ranatunga said two main airports Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and Mattala International Airport in Hambantota, resume on 21 January. All International flights will resume gradually starting 23 January.

Sri Lankan news portal Ada Derana quoted, “The airport was closed on 19 March. Since then, there have been no tourist arrivals for ten months. We have been making various plans to restart the tourism industry since last June. This time is an opportunity with good demand. Therefore it is the best time to implement this quickly. Therefore, we hope to open the entire airport to tourists by the 21st to the 23rd of January. We are currently preparing for this after identifying some basic issues.”

Minister Ranatunga added that the agencies that bring in tourists should abide by the health guidelines and violating the regulation will not be allowed to further bring tourists.

Minister also revealed that nearly 3 million people dependent on the tourism industry are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism reboot program

Sri Lanka has taken baby steps towards reopening of borders. Under Pilot projects starting 28 December, it commences taking tourists in controlled groups. The first set of tourists arrived from Ukraine on charter flights. Five of them were Covid positive and sent immediately quarantined. The rest were allowed to travel but only as a group. They were provided with a fixed itinerary strictly monitored by the local authority. Several restrictions also provided on movements along with mingling with the local community is strictly discouraged.

Why tourism in Sri Lanka worthy of the post-pandemic bucket list

The beautiful landscapes, fascinating heritage, and warmness of their population have made the small country island of Sri Lanka a must-see for travelers worldwide. Sri Lanka is home to wildlife-packed national parks, sparkling beaches, blue whales and dolphins, tea plantations, and way more.


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