ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has re-imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantine with immediate effect till May 31 for all passengers arriving in the country including returnees, tourists and diplomatic staff irrespective of their COVID-19 vaccination status, the Health Ministry said.
A health ministry circular published May 11 read that with immediate effect all the arrivals will follow a 14-quarantine measure as opposed to home quarantine or just one to seven days of quarantine after arrival as mandated in previous circulars.
According to the circular, all Sri Lankan arrivals including seafarers, dual citizens, tourists, foreign nationals living in Sri Lanka (including resident visa holders) are to be isolated at a quarantine center, a quarantine hotel or Level 1 certified hotel.
The second category identified in the circular are staff serving in diplomatic missions and UN organisations including any accompanying parents, spouses and children who are all required to follow the mandatory quarantine procedure.
Foreigners are to be quarantined at a quarantine hotel or a level 1 certified hotel.
The third category includes officials on state visits or on official visits who are also to follow the same procedure as the rest.
All passengers will go through an on-arrival and exit COVID-19 PCR test. Children below the age of 2 are exempted.
Children above two will undergo a PCR test between 11 to 14 days after arrival and 12-year-olds and above will have to take an on-arrival PCR test.
Travelers are to be released from their respective quarantine centers if their on-arrival and day-11-to-14 PCR tests are negative.
If they are a close contact of an infected patient their quarantine period will be extended further, the circular said. (Colombo/May12/2021)