ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to open airports for tourists from August 01, with hotels and restaurants registered with the state tourism agency allowed to operate first, the President’s office said.
A task force fighting Coronavirus had proposed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a meeting on May 26 that the airports be re-opened for foreign tourists as the country is gradually returning to normal.
“Under the first phase, it was decided to open hotels and restaurants registered under the Tourism Development Authority for in house dining,” the Presidents office said.
“Based on its progress steps will be taken to gradually open unregistered eateries under the assistance and supervision of the Army and Public Health Officers.”
Sri Lanka has made progress in keeping the Coronavirus in check though observers had identified gaps in testing, many of which have been since closed.
President Rajapaksa had asked that international and local guidelines be followed in re-opening the country.
Sri Lanka closed airports for incoming passengers on March 19. Since then Sri Lankan nationals stranded abroad has been brought back on a phased basis. (Colombo/May26/2020)