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Sunday June 20th, 2021
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Sri Lankans, dual citizens can home quarantine only if on-arrival PCR is negative

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan dual citizenship holders who have completed COVID-19 inoculation can get home quarantined if their on-arrival PCR tests are negative and if they have a place to go under mandatory quarantine, a health ministry statement said.

Although they are allowed to home quarantine, until they receive an on arrival negative PCR, Sri Lankans and dual citizens must stay at a quarantine hotel/ quarantine centre or a safe and secure certified Level One hotel, the ministry said.

Despite vaccination statues, Sri Lankans or dual citizens who transited through or have a history of travelling to India, Vietnam, South African and South American countries will not be permitted to enter the island or go into home quarantine.

Other requirements to enter the country include:

Sri Lankans should produce either a negative PCR test report done 90 hours prior to embarkation, or a negative rapid antigen test done within 48 hours prior to boarding.
Dual citizens can only produce a negative PCR report conducted 96 hours prior to arrival.
The revised guidelines also note that airlines may request a PCR result 72 hours prior to embarkation.

Travellers must produce an original vaccination certificate or a card and a translated copy in English to the airport health officer upon arrival and in the officer in charge of the quarantine hotel /quarantine centre or hotel doctor at a the Level One hotel.

Only the officer in charge of the quarantine hotel /centre or the Level One hotel’s doctor has the power to discharge fully vaccinated Sri Lankans or dual citizens with negative on arrival (day one) COVID-19 PCR reports after verifying the status of vaccination (through documents).

The officer in charge should also issue a discharge document and email the details to the Epidemiology Unit (chepid@sltnet.lk and samithag@hotmail.com) of the Ministry of Health.

Home quarantining travelers must immediately inform the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH), the ministry statement said.

Their quarantine period starts from the date they arrive in Sri Lanka and must continue till the 14-day period is completed.

On the completion of a 14-day quarantine, travelers must undergo another PCR test.

However, children below the age of two are not subject to a PCR test but children from two to twelve must take a PCR test on arrival and on the completion of a 14-day quarantine.

Children below the age of two will be discharged with the accompanying parents if their test results are cleared.

However, if the on arrival (day one) PCR testing of an accompanying traveler of the child is positive for COVID-19, a child below two years will also be subjected to PCR test subsequently.

These tests must be conducted at a MOH approved laboratory, and the reports must be submitted to area MOH, the ministry said. (Colombo/June07/2021)

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