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Sri Lanka plans to let vaccinated tourists join the community

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning to allow tourists who are already vaccinated to arrive in the country, and join the community under a different set of health regulations, the state tourism authority said.

Tourists now come to Sri Lanka under a so-called ‘bio-bubble’ where they have to take a series of Coronavirus tests and travel to only designated places.

“However, Sri Lanka Tourism is now working with the health authorities to recognize vaccinated travellers, who are encouraged to take PCR tests upon arrival and then continue to join the community with strict regulations in place,” a Sri Lanka Tourism statement said.

Sri Lanka now allows tourists to come with a pre-flight PCR test, and an immediate pre-check in test.

They then have to undergo tests during their stay.

However out of several thousands who came with a pre-flight test, only a handful had tested positive.

Sri Lanka has also launched a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) program.

Sri Lanka Tourism said it is working with India to create a travel bubble for destination weddings.

Sri Lanka has also allowed residents who travel out for a short period to come back for home quarantine. (Colombo/Mar19/2021)

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  1. So far no guidelines have been issued in connection with kids who are not eligible for vaccination and traveling with parents ( vaccinated two doses and completed post second dose 14 days) in the health ministry circular.

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