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Wednesday October 20th, 2021
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Sri Lanka removes limit on unvaccinated inbound passengers; duty free open for vaxxed

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has removed a restriction on the number of unvaccinated passengers airlines may carry per flight, a Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) official said.

“The 75 passengers limit imposed on aircraft carrying unvaccinated passengers has been lifted from now on, which means airlines can now carry unlimited groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers,” Shehan Sumanasekara, Director-Chief Operations (all airports) at Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) told EconomyNext on Thursday (07).

In most flights, there are only few vaccinated passengers at a time, he said.

Sri Lanka is fully open for vaccinated tourists and other vaccinated inbound passengers at the moment, but unvaccinated passengers must still undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Duty free counters are also open for vaccinated travelers at the BIA, though unvaccinated passengers are not allowed to shop at the counters as they will be immediately directed to quarantine.

The aviation sector in the country too has brought in a lot of changes to lure in airlines with heaps of concessions for international airlines when operating from the BIA and the Mattala international airport.

The concession includes a 60 US dollar exemption from the airport emigration charge for two years for international airlines which have not operated flights to Mattala airport so far, and discounts on landing and parking charges for four years including one year in at the BIA. (Colombo/Oct07/2021)

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