ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka halts inbound passengers from May 23 to 31 to help contain a third coronavirus wave, a senior airport official said.
“Inbound passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the Sri Lankan airports starting from May 23 to 31,” Shehan Sumanasekara, Chief Director-Operations (All Airports), Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) told EconomyNext.
“However, passengers who are departing can go but not a single airline can bring any travellers in.”
The ban will come into effect from May 23 at 11.59 pm to May 31, 11.59 pm.
This directive applies to Sri Lankan citizens and to tourists.
Regarding transit passengers, Sumanasekara said they can move via Sri Lankan airports however excluding travellers from India.
Other than travellers from India, all passengers will be allowed to transit only if it less than 12 hours and if they have a confirmed onwards destination visa.
“Passengers transiting via Sri Lankan airports for less than 12-hours considering they are holding an onwards destination ticket will be allowed,” Sumanasekara said.
Sri Lanka is in the middle of a third coronavirus wave putting pressure on health and quarantine facilities.
To contain the outbreak the island has placed internal movement controls.
The country has seen a surge in daily cases over the past few weeks, forcing authorities to impose movement restrictions that amount to unofficial island-wide curfews with brief intervals.
On May 18 the country reached 1,000 COVID deaths and the total confirmed COVID-19 infections in Sri Lanka has reached 141,374.