Sri Lanka welcomes first tourists ending 9-month Covid-19 hiatus

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka welcomed the first tourists on December 28, after a 9-month break with a tour group arriving in flight from Ukraine.

Ukraine’s SkyUp Airlines Boeing 737, which came via Sharjah landed in Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport at shortly after 1400 hours local time.

“MRIA takes the pleasure in welcoming the first tourist passenger out of 180 tourist who arrived at the airport today,” Director Operations at Sri Lanka’

“We look forward to many tourists coming in to the country through the travel bubble concept in the immediate future.”

The tourists are coming with a pre-flight Coronavirus test and they will also be tested after arrival.

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector has been badly hit after airports closed in March.

Sri Lanka got 1.9 million tourists in 2019 and 500,000 persons had arrived up to March. (Colombo/Dec28/2020)

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