Sri Lanka relaxes rules for inbound travelers from Boxing Day onwards

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has announced a further relaxation of rules for incoming passengers to the island from December 26 onwards, with dual citizens permitted to return anytime and increased flights for citizens abroad.

The Foreign Ministry and the National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) will arrange for flights migrant workers, students, patients, short term visa holders, government and military officials, the Ministry said

These persons will be quarantined at government centres for which they will not have to pay.

Dual citizens considered foreigners of Sri Lankan origin will be allowed to travel on any commercial airline subject to the availability of seats.

But they will have to commit to paid quarantine, the announcement said.

“It is the sole responsibility of the Airline concerned to ensure that the passengers allowed on board under the above arrangement will strictly adhere to the paid quarantine,” it added.

The revision of the procedure for inbound travellers will be subject to review based on further assessments made on new guidelines. (Colombo, December 21, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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  1. Given the fact that most countries are closing the boarders, and also the visitors to Sri Lanka have not adherent to isolation requirements, one has to raise the question whether it is a good decision to relax the travel restrictions. Hopefully this decision will change after the latest information on new covid strain.

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