Sri Lanka limits transit in Colombo to six hours for air travellers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has limited the transit time in Colombo for international passengers to six hours and asked international passengers to have a confirmed onward connection before coming to the island as part of tightening measures contain a Coronavirus epidemic.

Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority told airlines operating through or connected to Colombo that the maximum permitted transit time at BIA for any passenger transiting via BIA should be “strictly” not more than 6 hours.

“The concerned passenger must strictly have a confirmed onward Connection out of BIA to an onward destination,” the CAA said.

Sri Lanka is halting inbound passengers coming to all airports from 0400 am on March 19.

“The closure will be reviewed by the Sri Lanka Authorities,” the CAA said. Aircrafts could depart with passengers originating in Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or tourists.

Emergency diversions, humanitarian flights, freighter operations, technical landings and inbound ferry flights without passengers, would be permitted.

Sri Lanka’s confirmed Coronavirus cases went up to 44, on March 17, including a first Chinese tourist. (Colombo/Mar18/2020)

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