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Sri Lanka removes seventh-day PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers

ECONOMYNEXT -Sri Lanka health ministry says fully vaccinated travellers don’t require to undergo a second PCR test on the seventh day from July 18 onwards if their on-arrival tests results are negative.

A previous directive published by the health ministry required all passengers to undergo a PCR test on the seventh day after arrival.

On arrival, travellers must stay at a Level 1 hotel until the PCR test results are cleared.

The new amended directive published on July 15 by the health ministry said that vaccinated travellers arriving from non-restricted countries and released from quarantine with an on arrival (Day One) negative COVID-19 PCR report, do not have to undergo another test on the seventh day. 

However unvaccinated children (aged two to eighteen) accompanying their parents must undergo a PCR test on the seventh day.

The test results of the children are to be immediately informed to the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) by telephone or email.

Apart from that, everyone visiting the country two years and above must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report in English obtained 72-hours before embarkation.

Although vaccinated people are safe to travel, no vaccine manufacturer has guaranteed that a person who has got the jab is fully immune to the virus, they can still be carriers of the virus. 

Travellers from and with a travel history (including transit) in the past 14 days to India, South American countries and South African countries (South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe) are still not permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka until further notice. 

Vietnam is removed from restricted countries.

Selected travellers allowed to enter from restricted countries

Travellers who fall in the following category can visit Sri Lanka with the permission of the Director-General of Health Services/ Ministry of Health (, followed by the permission of the Foreign Ministry ( and Civil Aviation Authority (caaslpax@caa.Ik) of Sri Lanka. 

  1. a) Sri Lankan Citizens (and their Foreign National Spouses) 
  2. b) Dual Citizens (and their Foreign National Spouses)
  3. c) Valid Resident Visa Holders 
  4. d) Foreign national staff members of the diplomatic missions or UN organizations/ UN Specialized agencies/ International Organizations with permanent offices in Sri Lanka who are holding Diplomatic/UN/Official passports holders and their accompanying spouse, parents, and children from restricted countries 
  5. e) Foreign Nationals arriving for important projects/meetings/discussions invited by the Sri Lankan Government / Private Organizations 

Travellers mentioned in the above categories are required to submit the following details: 

Sri Lankan Citizens and dual citizens and their foreign national spouses) should submit copies of their passports. 

Resident visa holders should submit a copy of the passport and a copy of the valid resident visa. 

Foreign National staff and everyone who falls under that category should submit a copy of the passport and copy of the Official Identity Card.

 Inviting Sri Lankan counterpart should submit the details including the reason for inviting with a copy of passport if Foreign Nationals arriving for important projects/meetings/discussions 

All travellers arriving from restricted countries including Sri Lankans regardless of their vaccination status will be subjected to a 14-day mandatory and released only with the PCR tests on 14th days is negative.

They are not permitted to be quarantined at a Safe & Secure Certified Level One Hotel or residence. 

Sri Lankans, dual citizens and their foreign national spouses will be quarantined at an Institutional Quarantine / Quarantine Centre (Centre: only if facilities are available to separate from travellers arriving from other countries).

All Foreign Nationals who have been granted approval to arrive from travel restricted countries have to undergo mandatory Institutional Quarantine at a Quarantine Hotel. (Colombo/Jul16/2021)

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Sri Lanka schedules 3-hour power cuts for Aug 20, 21: regulator

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will impose power cuts of up to three hours on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) Chairman Janaka Ratnayake said.

All areas (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and W) will have power cuts of 1 hours and 40 minutes between 10.30 am and 06.00 pm and 1 hour 20 minutes from 06.00pm to 10.00 pm.

Click here for a detailed schedule.

The state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said supply interruption time and restoration time will vary within 30 minutes as indicated above.

Sri Lanka’s daily scheduled power cuts that were reduced to one hour in July with power generation from hydro power plants contributing more than 50 percent to the main grid reducing thermal power plant use was extended to three hours last week due to a breakdown at the Norochcholai coal power plant.

According to officials, the breakdown happened in Unit 1 of Norochcholai which will take around two weeks to repair.

The Minister of Power & Energy said Unit 2 is undergoing scheduled maintenance work while Unit 3 will continue to operate. West Coast and other fuel power pPlants will be used to manage the supply, the ministry said. (Colombo/Aug02/2022)

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Sri Lanka guidance peg edges T-bond yield edge down

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Central Bank’s guidance peg for interbank transactions edged down on Friday (19), while yields in Treasury bonds picked up slightly and in T-bill remain unquoted in dull trade, a day after the Central Bank announced the policy rates will remain stable, dealers said.

A bond maturing on 01. 06. 2025 closed at 27.95/28.05 percent on Friday, slightly up from 27.90/28.00 percent on Thursday.

No T-bills were quoted on Friday, dealers said.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s central bank announced a guidance peg for interbank transactions further weakened by three cents to 361.00 rupees against the US dollar on Friday from 360.97 rupees.

Data showed that commercial banks offered dollars for telegraphic transfers between 368.00 and 370.00 for small transactions.  (Colombo/ Aug 19/2022)

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Sri Lanka records 10 new COVID-19 deaths in 48 hours as case numbers rise

ECONOMYNEXT –  Sri Lanka recorded 10 COVID-19 deaths in the 48 hours from August 17 to 19 taking the country’s pandemic death toll to 16,640, health ministry data showed.

Sri Lanka is experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases with the relaxation of public health restrictions relating to face masks and public gatherings.

Health authorities said the situation will be monitored constantly and have asked the general public to continue to follow basic hygiene measures in order to control the spread of the virus again in the community.

In August alone 2,924 new cases were recorded in Sri Lanka, with 84 deaths attributed to the disease.

So far in 2022, from January onward, health authorities have identified 81,157 patients to date.

Epidemiology unit data showed that 874 patients are currently receiving treatment, out of which 716 are receiving home based care.

The spread of the virus has increased with the use of public transport rising after an easing of a fuel crisis.

Sri Lanka is also facing difficulties in securing essential medicine supplies for the health sector due to a forex shortage.

Health officials said if the number of COVID-19 patients rise to a level the health sector cannot manage,  with the added issues of fuel and medical shortages, the health system might collapse.

“It is the responsibility of us all. There is no use trying to forcibly control people. We all have the responsibility to reduce or stop the spread of the virus before it gets out of control. We have been living with it for the past two years,” Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said. (Colombo/Aug19/2022)

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