Sri Lanka will use lessons learnt from pilot project to open for tourism

Ukrainian Tourists arriving in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT- Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga says that only 4 out of 1500 Ukrainians who arrived in the country so far under the pilot project tested positive for COVID-19.

Joining the cabinet briefing today, he said that Ukraine is not a country which is in total lockdown and only large public gatherings and schools have been closed down in that country.

He added that there are many countries in Europe which are going through what Ukraine is going through right now.

He said they were able to stop the spread of COVID-19 from the Ukrainians to the community as they took steps based on the reports from the checks done on arrival.

“So we are using that same experience to open the airport and bring tourists back to the country,” he added.

It was revealed yesterday at a meeting chaired by Minister Ranatunga that the pilot project initiated involving Ukrainians on December 26, the country has received a revenue of LKR420 million.

Last week Ukraine’s health ministry said that they expect to end the country’s strict lockdown as scheduled on January 25.

Ukraine closed schools, restaurants and gyms on January 8 as a record number of daily COVID-19 cases were reported in the country.

Ukrainian Health Minister, Viktor Lyashko, told reporters that the ministry expected to exit the lockdown on Jan. 25 and not have to introduce any further strict measures in the future.

The country has registered more than 1.1 million coronavirus cases with 21,046 deaths as of January 19. (Colombo/Jan19/2021)

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Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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