Sri Lankans permitted to enter country without prior approval

Sri Lankans, dual citizens who travel on Sri Lankan passports, spouses and unmarried children of Sri Lankans who are foreigners and Sri Lankan seafarers arriving by air will be permitted to enter the country without prior approval from the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority, the Foreign Ministry said today (06).

Under the directive of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Foreign Ministry reviewed the entry procedure today (06), as a measure of relief for prospective Sri Lankan returnees.

“The responsibility of maintaining a manageable number of passenger arrivals has been entrusted with the Civil Aviation Authority, who will, through the respective airlines, regulate the numbers in a manner that would cope with the local capacities of quarantining and other logistics required,” it said.

Accordingly, all arriving passengers will be required to strictly adhere to health protocols and guidelines that are effective at the time of arrival.