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Reopening Updates from Sri Lanka

Updated 30 June 2020

Here’s a quick snapshot of what you need to know when planning a visit to Sri Lanka in the coming months.

Sri Lanka is expected to open for tourism by September 2020. However, this date may change along with new developments in the global arena. This space will be updated with new information whenever it is available.


Who can visit?

All nationalities and all types of travellers whether groups, families, individuals.


What are the visa procedures?

  • All travellers will require a valid visa; this will be issued for 30 days and be extendable for up to 6 months after arrival. Apply for visas online at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
  • Further relaxation for long stay guests is currently under consideration, enabling visitors to be granted five-year multiple entry visas with maximum 6 months stay.

The following information is required to apply for a visa:

  • A return air ticket
  • Details of accommodation booked for entire duration of stay
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Itinerary for stay in Sri Lanka


Where can I stay and is there a minimum duration?

  • You will need to stay a minimum of five nights in Sri Lanka.
  • Accommodation must be booked with a certified accommodation provider.
  • The list of certified accommodation providers will be available on the Sri Lanka Tourism website in the coming weeks. The certification process will be conducted by an independent professional auditor.


PCR Testing


  • You are required to have a negative PCR test prior to boarding your flight to Sri Lanka.
  • The test should be no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.

On arrival in Sri Lanka

  • The airport will have high intensity sanitation measures in place for all areas and staff.
  • There is no quarantine on arrival unless symptoms are detected.
  • A PCR test will be administered on arrival at the airport.
  • Currently, it takes 24-hours to receive test results, however, attempts are being made to reduce this to 4-6 hours. If you are required to wait 24-hours for test results, you can select a hotel for a one-night stay from Certified 4 or 5-star hotels in Colombo or Negombo.
  • Provided your test result is negative, you can proceed to your pre-booked accommodation.
  • You will be required to comply with a further test 4-5 days after arrival. This test will be administered by a mobile unit in coordination with your Certified Accommodation provider.
  • Visitors staying for longer than 10 days will be required to undergo further tests during their stay.
  • In case of a positive PCR test result, quarantine in a designated hotel or hospitalisation will take place depending on the details of the case. The quarantine period will last 14 to 21 days if symptoms are detected.


Travelling in Sri Lanka

  • You are required to plan your transportation on the island prior to your arrival. Your Certified Accommodation provider or travel agent will be able to make these arrangements on your behalf.
  • Please note that foreign visitors will not be permitted to use public transport during this period.