SriLankan removes Covid-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated inbound travellers

SriLankan Airlines announced via media release that fully vaccinated passengers can now board any SriLankan Airlines flight departing to Sri Lanka without any form of pre-departure Covid-19 testing, starting from tomorrow (1 March). 

This new standard relating to fully vaccinated passengers who are booked to fly to Sri Lanka is in cognisance of the latest travel guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in the country. The removal of the requirement for a PCR or rapid antigen test before departure makes travel to Sri Lanka easier at a time when international travel is perceived as an inconvenience due to various travel guidelines, the company stated. 

Fully vaccinated travellers are considered those above the age of 18 years and have completed the recommended dosage of a given type of Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks before their scheduled date of departure to Sri Lanka. Children who are 18 years of age or younger and have received at least a single dose of a recognised vaccine two weeks before the date of departure are also considered as fully vaccinated. However, passengers who do not meet this criterion are still required to produce a negative Covid-19 test report before departure.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has stated that all fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Sri Lanka from overseas will not be required to undergo PCR or rapid antigen tests prior to arrival from 1 March 2022. 

However, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated tourists are still required to submit a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of their travel date.

Sri Lanka has been gradually eliminating restrictive travel requirements based on the global, as well as local outlook on the pandemic situation, which has been showing signs of slowing down. Indicating recovery, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka were at its highest levels in the past two months since the pandemic started two years ago. SriLankan Airlines stated it is thus playing a significant role in aiding the revival of the country’s tourism sector by connecting Sri Lanka to the world. It added that it hopes the removal of the requirement for pre-departure Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated travellers would encourage more people to visit Sri Lanka.