ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has welcomed 1,614 tourists in June 2021, taking the total number of tourists arrivals in the first six months to 16,908 as the country grappled with Coronavirus and permitted tourists to enter under some restrictions, data from the state tourism office showed.
In 2020 Sri Lanka welcomed 507,311 tourists getting about 200,000 visitors a month until airports were closed in March.
Tourist arrivals went up from 1,682 in January to 4,581 in March when the third wave hit the country from late April leading to a nationwide lockdown.
“The sharp contraction in arrivals observed after the month of April continued in the Months of May and June owing to the closure of borders and travel restrictions from specific countries such as India and regions such as South African and South American region,” Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority said.
The June arrivals of 1,614 were slightly up from 1,497 in May.
The top generating market in June was France with 654 tourists, followed by China with 176, Germany 137, UK 121 and United States 118.
A group of French Navy personnel had visited the island in June.
Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Germany, China and India were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist markets from January to June 2021.
Sri Lanka has opened the country for vaccinated travellers from July 8, with a one-day quarantine until on-arrival PCR tests are cleared.
Non-vaccinated travellers however will have to undergo 14-day mandatory isolation.
All travellers can visit the country directly through Sri Lanka Tourism and should obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) from the Sri Lanka Tourism website at https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/