ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has suspended passengers from Vietnam with immediate effect as of May 31 after the country found a new COVID-19 variant with characteristics of the highly transmissible Indian and UK strains, a top airport official said.
“Passengers with a travel history to Vietnam (including transit) in the past 14-days will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka with immediate effect,” Shehan Sumanasekara, Chief Director-Operations (All Airports), Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) told EconomyNext.
Vietnam announced on May 29 the detection of a new COVID-19 variant that within its borders that has characteristics of the deadly Indian variant and the fast-spreading UK variant. The new strain is said to spread quickly by air.
Since late April Vietnam has reported over 6,856 cases and 47 deaths to date, a Reuters report said.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka had imposed a 10-day travel suspension on inbound travelers from May 21 to 31, which will be removed from at 0000 hours June 01.
However, all travelers to the country regardless of their inoculation status are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Indian passengers and others who have visited India prior to arrival in the island are also not permitted to disembark, the official said. (Colombo/May31/2021)