Sri Lanka Travel Bubble Demystified

VISA & PRE ARRIVAL

  • Have a confirmed itinerary.
  • Have a confirmed hotel reservation in a level 1 ‘safe and secure’ category hotel. List of hotels in the link given under “Hotel” section.
  • Apply for eta visa (www.eta.gov.lk)
    • Select and pay for the number of pcr tests required based on length of stay
    • Pay for mandatory covid-19 travel insurance – USD 12
    • Tourist visa fee – 20 USD for saarc countries & 35 USD for others. Free 48 hour transit.

AIRPORT

  • Arrival
    • Negative pcr test required 96 hours prior to boarding flight to Sri Lanka.
  • Departure
    • Based on the boarding requirements of the departure airline, need to produce the pcr test prior to embarkation.

       ** All pcr tests conducted at hotels of stay and not airport.

HOTEL

  • Stay at level 1 category hotels which are certified ‘safe and secure’ from 7 days up to 14 days after arrival (based on being vaccinated – see below) and thereafter traveler is free to opt for lesser rated accommodation.
  • On arrival pcr test conducted prior to check-in. Upon negative result free to travel out of the hotel to safe locations within travel bubble on day excursions only
  • For more information please click here

EXCURSIONS

  • Only excursions which are certified ‘safe and secure’ are allowed.
  • Interacting with other travelers and locals outside your travel bio bubble including disembarking from vehicles during city tours is prohibited.
  • Selected shopping stops that do not open to locals are permitted. Your DMC will advise you which these are.

TRANSPORT

  • Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Representatives (driver/guide) will be wearing ppe kit throughout the tour.
  • Guide/tour crew will have taken pcr tests within 72 hours of your arrival.
  • No contact. Daily deep cleansing and sanitisation at each stop.

STAY PERIOD / PCR

  • No minimum stay is required
  • Number of pcr tests depending on length of stay.
    • On arrival
    • 5-7 days after arrival.
    • 10-12 days after arrival or departure pcr

WHAT THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH RECOGNIZES AS BEING VACCINATED

* Should arrive two weeks after completion of the recommended doses of covid-19 vaccination.
* Should produce the original and certified copy of vaccination certificate (required only if the original document is not in english).

SECTION A – I`M VACCINATED

  • On arrival, should produce the vaccination certificate as mentioned above*
  • Tourists should be accommodated in a certified level 1 hotel.
  • Should do a pcr test within the 24 hours after arrival at the hotel.
  • If day one pcr result is negative, should stay in the same hotel until day seven and can visit approved important sites in a bio security bubble.
  • Should undergo repeat pcr on the day seven after arrival. If the result is negative, they can leave the hotel and are free to make their own travel arrangements.

SECTION B – I`M NOT VACCINATED / PARTIALLY VACCINATED

  • Tourists should be accommodated in a certified level 1 hotel.
  • Should do a pcr test within the 24 hours after arrival at the hotel.
  • If the tourists depart within less than 14 days, second pcr test should be done depending on the date of departure.
  • If day one pcr result is negative, they can visit approved important sites in a bio security bubble.
  • Should not change the hotel until 14 days are completed and if staying more than 14 days, can be released on day 14 with negative pcr reports.

LIST OF PERMITTED EXCURSIONS

  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • Yala national park
  • Udawalawe national park
  • Elephant transit home (eth athurusevana)
  • Kaudulla national park
  • Wilpattu national park
  • Mirissa whale watching tour
  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Pinnawala open zoo
  • Ridiyagama safari park
  • Sigiriya fortress
  • Anuradhapura (excluding sri maha bodhi)
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Peradeniya royal botanical garden
  • Temple of the tooth relic
  • Colombo national musuem
  • Laksala kandy (souvenior store)
  • Laksala pinnawala (souvenior store)

As at 18. March. 2021