Sri Lanka welcomes 1,635 tourists in Jan 2021 led by Ukraine

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has welcomed 1,635 tourists in January 2021 after airports were re-opened and post-Coronavirus tourism resumed under a ‘bio-bubble’ concept of limiting contact with the resident population, data from the state tourism promotion office said.

Sri Lanka received 228,434 tourists in January 2020, before airports were closed in March 2020.

However, in comparison to the numbers received in the same period last year, it is very minute.

In 2020 Sri Lanka welcomed 507,704 tourists with the majority from China, India., before airports were closed.

The top five tourist source markets during January 2021 were Ukraine, Belarus, China, Russian Federation and Germany.

Travelers from the Netherlands, Canada, India, Maldives and the United States have also visited the country.

Ukraine generated 1460 tourists or 86.8 percent of the total. In January 2021, 8,500 Ukrainians visited Sri Lanka, under a controversial ‘pilot project’.

Sri Lanka opened its airports for tourists on January 21, 2021 after almost 9-months.

Travellers have to produce a negative covid-19 test result 72-hours prior to departure and they are also tested after they land in Sri Lanka.

Authorities have designated hotels and locations that tourists can visit in a bid to halt contact with locals in a bid to the two-way transmission of Coronavirus.





Thailand and Seychelles have said they will open borders to vaccinated travellers who can produce a certificate.


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  1. Open up and make it easy for Sri lankans & their spouses with Resident Visas to re enter at the airports as long as they posses valid certificates of having received vaccinations .

  2. Sri Lanka should follow THAILAND & Seychelles initiative & open up for tourists who have already received vaccinations & able to produce certificates. This should also apply to Sri LANKANS who are arriving at the airports. IT IS TIME THAT AUTHORITIES IN SRI LANKA START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.

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