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Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions

74,12% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 74,05% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.
Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Sri Lanka with a negative COVID-19 test result.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Sri Lanka for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Sri Lanka entry details and exceptions

Most travelers can enter Sri Lanka, but there are restrictions. Travelers must pay for COVID-19 insurance on their booking for a stay at a level1 Safe and Secure certified hotel. Insurance is $12 USD with coverage of up to USD $50,000 for up to 1 month.

Travelers are required to present proof of vaccination before checking in to hotels and other public places. The health pass should be presented as valid proof of vaccination.


Outgoing travel to Sri LankaTravelling from South Africa to Sri Lanka

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 Antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to Sri Lanka.

Details and exceptions
Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. Travelers with valid proof of COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months have the option to present a rapid antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure. All test results must be in English. This requirement does not apply to travelers under the age of 2.
Unvaccinated travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Sri Lanka at a Ministry of Health approved lab at Katunayake, or at their Level 1 hotel/Quarantine hotel. This requirement does not apply to travelers under the age of 12 are exempted unless their parents test positive, travelers who are fully vaccinated and travelers with valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and have received 1 dose of a vaccine taken two weeks after recovery.
Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 7 days upon entering Sri Lanka.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions
Unvaccinated travelers must stay at Certified Safe and Secure L1 hotels for a minimum of 7 days and 8 nights on arrival in Sri Lanka. Travelers must take a COVID-19 test on Day 1 and on Day 7 of quarantine. Travelers must take an exit COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test on Day 7 of their stay and can end quarantine after receiving a negative test result. Requirement does not apply to unvaccinated travelers between 12-18 years old who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents may leave quarantine after receiving negative COVID-19 test results from Day 1 test, travelers who are fully vaccinated, travelers with valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and have received 1 dose of a vaccine taken two weeks after recovery and Sri Lankan and dual citizens and those with valid resident visas staying at a Quarantine Centre or Quarantine Hotel.
Documents
Health Declaration Form

Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before arriving in Sri Lanka.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Sri Lanka

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Sri Lanka must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions
traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Sri Lanka are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Details and exceptions
Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.
Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Sri Lanka

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

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