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No quarantine for fully vaccinated if PCR negative

By Dinitha Rathnayake

 

Travellers arriving in Sri Lanka are not required to undergo quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and their on-arrival (day one) PCR test report is negative, according to the new set of quarantine measures for travellers arriving from overseas during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA), fully vaccinated travellers have to however conduct a PCR test on their seventh day after arriving in Sri Lanka from a Health Ministry-approved laboratory.

Children below 18 years travelling with fully vaccinated parents can be discharged by adhering to certain measures, which include a negative on-arrival PCR test for children between two to 18 years, and children below two years not being subjected to an on-arrival PCR test. 

However, in the latter scenario, if the on-arrival PCR test of the traveller accompanying the child is positive, children below two years will also be subjected to a subsequent PCR test. The party should also arrange their own transport to travel to the relevant residence, and should not use public transport for this purpose.

Meanwhile, the total number of passengers allowed per flight is 75, including tourists.

Sri Lankan citizens, including Sri Lankan seafarers arriving by air or dual citizens (if they are using the Sri Lankan passport to arrive), do not need to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CAA to arrive in Sri Lanka.

The Health Services Director General (DGHS) issued quarantine measures stating that they can request a quarantine hotel or Government quarantine centre, after arriving in Sri Lanka.

Quarantine measures for travellers who have not received Covid-19 vaccinations, or have not completed the recommended doses of the vaccination, or have departed from abroad within less than two weeks of the completion of the recommended doses of vaccination, mandate that they have be under quarantine until the completion of 14 days after arrival in Sri Lanka, if their on-arrival PCR report is negative.