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Sri Lanka scraps COVID-19 PCR requirement for inbound travellers

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has removed the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR and rapid antigen test requirement for fully vaccinated inbound travellers, effective 0000hrs, March 01.

“As different countries have different phases of vaccination, for the inbound travelers, if the ‘recommended doses’ of the COVID-19 vaccination are completed and depart from abroad two weeks after completion of vaccination, they will be considered as ‘Fully Vaccinated’ (sp),” a new travel guideline published by the health ministry said.

Inbound travellers who have got two of the approved jabs or one dose of the Janssen vaccine will be considered fully inoculated, the ministry said.

Children below the age of 18 who have got one dose of the vaccine will not require a COVID-19 test clearance.

However, passengers who were infected with COVID-19 seven days to six months prior to departure with at least one dose of vaccination will be considered fully vaccinated but they must provide a verifiable proof of past infection.

If a passenger was infected more than six months prior to the departure date, they must provide a negative COVID-19 test. This includes all travellers above the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated must mandatorily carry a negative PCR test done 72-hours pre-embarkation or a rapid antigen test done 48 hours prior.

Self-swab tests are not accepted, the ministry said.

All reports must be in English.

Sri Lanka has seen an increase in inbound travellers, mainly tourists, to the country.

From February 1s to 24, Sri Lanka has welcomed 82,571 tourists, a total of 164,898 so far this year.

(Colombo/Feb27/2022)

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