Sri Lanka’s People’s Insurance to provide Covid-19 cover for tourists

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s People’s Insurance will provide a 12 dollar Covid-19 insurance policy for tourists visiting the island under new health guidelines from January 21, the tourism authority said.

The insurance will provide a 50,000 dollar cover for a month. It will be mandatory for tourists to get the cover even if they have alternative medical insurance.

The 12 dollar insurance will cover costs up to 50,000 dollars and also expenses in case the worst happens, tourism officials said.

Sri Lanka is opening borders for tourists from January 21 and is expecting about a million tourists in 2021.

“If a test should result as positive, initial isolation would be accommodated at the hotel; and if necessary, transfers to a private hospital or a designated hotel to be quarantined; would be arranged,” Sri Lanka tourism said.

Each approved ‘safe’ hotel will have an doctor on call, who will visit and make decision whether the guest is asymptomatic and can stay is isolation at the hotel without using common areas, or has symptoms and should be sent to hospital.

Tourists are also expected to have their standard travel medical insurance for other illnesses.

All tourists should have a negative PCR test taken 96 hours before departure. They will be tested on arrival before check in.

The costs to be covered by COVID-19 insurance, already paid for at the time of visa issuance.

(Colombo/Jan19/2021)

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