Sri Lanka reverses travel relaxation after new Covid-19 strain Foreign Ministry says
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has re-imposed a rule requiring prior registration of expatriates national who want to return, after a highly transmissible new Coronavirus strain was found in the UK and some other countries.
“In the wake of the discovery of a fast-spreading new strain of Coronavirus in certain countries, the Government of Sri Lanka has decided to continue with the existing procedure of obtaining prior approval from the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority for all inbound travellers to Sri Lanka,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“The revised guidelines on repatriation will be issued once the situation has been reappraised.”
Sri Lanka has also halted passengers on flights from the UK.
Earlier in December Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority said rules on inbound travellers would be relaxed from December 26.
“Approval after 26th December for Sri Lankan’s to arrive in Colombo has been reinstated again due to the outbreak of virus in UK,” Shehan Sumanasekara, Director Operations, Airport and Aviation Services.
“All pax will have to get approvals as before now starting 26th as usual.”
Expatriate Sri Lankans and dual citizens who were willing to pay for quarantine were allowed to come on any commercial flight provided they had booked quarantine at any one of the designated hotels. (Colombo/Dec22/2020)