Several train services suspended amid curfew(Sri Lanka Daily News, 08.10.2020). The reopening of Colombo Airport is delayed indefinitely, after repatriation flights suspended due to a spike in infections (TTG Asia, 14.07.2020).
Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates are operating outbound flights. From 18:00 (local time) on 18 October 2020, all departing passengers out of Sri Lanka will be required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before the start of travel.
Some inbound flights are operating for repatriations of Sri Lankan nationals. A PCR test is required before and after entry into Sri Lanka. Returnees are subject to a mandatory 14 days in quarantine, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals and residents. Cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to disembark in the country, including for temporary shore visits. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There are limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions. 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport. All entrants must now take a PCR test.
The police have introduced a lockdown in the Kutunayake area, in the vicinity of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). It remains possible to travel to the airport for outbound flights. If questioned by local authorities, passangers should present their passport and airline ticket to proceed to the airport.
Travel in Sri Lanka: On 4 October, the police issued a local curfew in the Divulapitiya, Minuwangoda and Veyangoda areas in response to positive COVID-19 cases in the community. Further curfews are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice. Those not adhering to restrictions risk arrest. You should follow the advice of local authorities.
The government of Sri Lanka has advised against all non-essential travel nation-wide. Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned. Social distancing instructions remain in force everywhere. The police say anyone breaking social distancing or failing to wear a face mask in public will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.
You should follow the media for updates, or speak to your hotel or travel agent for the latest information, and follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times.
Accommodation: some hotels and guesthouses are open for foreign nationals who are already in Sri Lanka. But there have been reports of late-notice cancelations of room bookings, so you should check with your travel agent or accommodation provider. Social distancing and other public health measures (such as temperature checks) may be in place.
Public places and services: some public places, including restaurants and cafés remain open, but this could change at short notice. You should expect some reduced services and social distancing measures to be in place.
Public gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, parties, indoor and outdoor events, carnivals, musical shows and processions have been banned.
Quarantine requirement at government designated site and self-isolation at home.
14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, usually followed by 14 days self-isolation at home. All arriving passengers must now take a PCR test.
COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.
All entrants must now take a PCR test. Those entering must undergo temperature checks at the airport