ECONOMYNEXT : State-run SriLankan Airlines said it will board fully vaccinated travelers bound for Sri Lanka from March 01, without a Coronavirus PCR test if they are fully vaccinated under the latest health regulation relaxation of the Indian Ocean tourist paradise.
“Fully vaccinated travellers are considered as those who are above the age of 18 years and have completed the recommended dosage of a given type of COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks before their scheduled date of departure to Sri Lanka,” the airline said in a statement.
“Children who are 18 years of age or younger and have received at least a single dose of a recognized vaccine two weeks before the date of departure are also considered as fully vaccinated.
“However, passengers who do not meet this criterion, are still required to produce a negative COVID-19 test report before departure.”
The removal of the requirement for a PCR or rapid antigen test before departure makes travel to Sri Lanka easier at a time when international travel is perceived as an inconvenience, the airline said.
Sri Lanka is trying to boost tourism to help the economy which however is hit by a large budget deficit and money printed to keep interest rates artificially low, which has triggered forex shortages.
Sri Lanka said it had earned 268 million US dollars in tourism revenues in January 2022. (Colombo/Feb28/2022)