ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded 859 arrivals including 77 tourists in 14 flights less than 24 hours after authorities lifted a COVID-19 travel suspension on inbound passengers at 0000hrs on June 01, an official said.
Shehan Sumanasekara, Chief Director-Operations (All Airports), Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) told EconomyNext that the tourists will be quarantined for 14 days in their hotels.
However, Indian and Vietnamese passengers and others who have visited either of the countries prior to arrival in the island are not permitted to disembark, the official said.
“As at 5.30pm, 77 tourists had arrived for the bubble concept. We have more flights coming in during the day,” he said June 01 late afternoon.
Sumanasekara said though the numbers are low under the circumstances, it is a good start.
The tourists had arrived in two batches, one at 8.30am with seven passengers from the US, nine foreign passport holders of Sri Lankan origin, and one each from Germany, the Netherlands and Myanmar.
Sri Lanka imposed a ten-day travel suspension in inbound passengers from May 21 to 31.
Several countries have imposed travel restrictions on Sri Lanka too, in view of a resurgence of the epidemic with over 2,500 cases reported daily. (Colombo/June02/2021)