ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has ordered airlines not to board passengers from Qatar, Bahrain or Canada as they will not be allowed to land in Sri Lnaka after midnight March 17 in a measure aimed at controlling the spread of Coronavirus.
Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority said the restriction applied to passengers of Qatari, Canadian or Bahraini nationalities or any passenger who has a travel history to Qatar, Canada or Bahrain within the last 14 days.
Passengers who have a travel history of Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Denmark would also be barred.
Sri Lanka is quarantining arrivals from these countries.
“This is to inform all online carriers and offline carriers that according to the instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities, passengers of Qatari, Canadian or Bahraini nationalities or any passenger who has a travel history to Qatar, Canada or Bahrain within the last 14 days will not be permitted to land in Sri Lanka with effect from 17 March 2359hrs for a period of two weeks,” the Civil Aviation Authority said.
“This restriction above does not apply to passengers transiting Qatar, Canada or Bahrain provided:
1. They are not nationals of Qatar, Canada or Bahrain and they have not visited these three countries in the last 14 days and
2. They do not have a travel history in the last 14days in the previously restricted Countries (i.e – Italy,
Iran, South Korea, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Norway, Sweden,Switzerland,Spain, Germany,Austria,Netherlands,Denmark)
“For strict implementation.”
Sri Lanka has stopped public events and restricted services from state agencies over the next two weeks as confirmed cases went up.
Sri Lanka has confirmed 28 cases up to Money and has about 200 in hospital. (Colombo/Mar16/2020)