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Wednesday October 5th, 2022

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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