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Thursday December 2nd, 2021
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Fully vaxxed tourists to Sri Lanka can leave bio-bubble but must pre-book travel sites

ECONOMYNEXT – Though fully vaccinated tourists to Sri Lanka are permitted to move out of a travel bubble, they still have to pre-book sites to visit and only travel using transport booked by the hotel or the agent that handles their travel, a Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) official said.

A circular published on September 04 said fully vaccinated tourists are allowed to move out of their ‘Safe & Secure Level 1’ hotel and check into any tourist hotel and travel the country.

As per the circular, hotels, bars, coffee shops and other common facilities were also to be kept open to inhouse guests, while international tourists are permitted to visit a tourist site with transport to be organised by relevant hotels.

SLTDA Director General Dhammika Wijayasinghe told EconomyNext that the tourist can travel with their discharge notice from quarantine.

“A full vaccinated tourist can travel with their discharge notice, and they can go to any other tourist hotel and stay there. They can cross provisional boundaries, but the transportation must be arranged by their agent or the hotel they stay in. A tourist cannot book public transport,” Wijayasinghe said.

“Transport must be arranged in a safe and secure manner following health guidelines,” she said.

Wijayasinghe said there are several wildlife parks and cultural sites that are open for tourists, but they must pre-book prior to visitation.

Since opening the country for tourists in January under a bio-bubble concept, Sri Lanka has not closed its borders for tourists despite a surge in COVID-19 infections caused by the delta variant.

From July fully, the island fully opened for vaccinated travelers with only a one-day mandatory quarantine until PCR tests were cleared.

Sri Lanka also offers an extended ‘digital nomad’ visa, in which tourists can stay for several months working online for their jobs back home.

With all these measures, the island for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country has welcomed 5,000 tourists in the month of August, compared to zero last year. (Colombo/Sep10/2021)

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