General information for visiting Sri Lanka.

Valid for arrivals from 7th April 2021.

Prior to boarding travelers are required to:
  1. Have negative PCR test done 96 hours before boarding flight.
  2. A Hotel booking in a Safe & Secure Level 1 hotel/s for duration of stay (24-48 hrs for vaccinated and 14 days for not vaccinated. Hotel booking could be made directly with the hotel or through travel Agent or OTA). Allowed to move within L1 hotels and use all facilities of the hotel. Please visit www.srilanka.travel/helloagain.
  3. Pre-paid for COVID Insurance of USD 12 when making Hotel Booking.
  4. Pre-paid PCR tests when making hotel bookings (40 USD per test): If vaccinated 1 PCR test on arrival, If not vaccinated 2 PCR tests, on arrival and exit PCR.
  • Children below 2 years are exempted from PCR testing.
  • Children between 2-12 years,
  • Vaccinated route – undergo only on-arrival PCR
  • Not-vaccinated route – undergo only exit PCR
  1. Airport transfers to be arranged by either the respective Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel or Certified Safe & Secure travel agent.

Vaccinated Travelers

Travelers who have completed the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccination and arriving after two weeks of completion of vaccination will be considered vaccinated.
• Any vaccination accepted by the country of origin is acceptable under the vaccinated route.
• Children below 12 years are permitted to accompany their parents/guardians who are fully vaccinated.
• Children 2 years and above are required to do one PCR test (On arrival)
• Children below 2 years are exempted from PCR tests. However, if the parents/guardians develop symptoms or result in positive PCR test reports children will undergo PCR tests.

At the airport produce the following

Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken 96 hours before flight
Original copy of the vaccination certificate (English)Completed Health Declaration Form
Stay at a Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel until the on-arrival PCR test is performed (for 24-48 hours).  Travelers are permitted to use all the facilities of the Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotels.
On receipt of a negative PCR test report travellers are permitted to leave the bio-bubble. The respective L1 hotel doctor will issue a discharge document upon verifying the status of vaccination and PCR test results.

Not-Vaccinated Travelers

Travelers who have not completed the COVID 19 vaccination or arrive in Sri Lanka less than two weeks of vaccination or accompany children above 12 years who are not vaccinated are considered Not-Vaccinated.
• Under this route children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival PCR testing. However, children between 2 to 12 years will undergo an Exit PCR testing.
• Children below 2 years are exempted from PCR testing. However, if the parents/guardians develop symptoms or result in positive PCR test reports children will undergo PCR tests.
At the airport produce the following;
a. Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken 96 hours before flight.
b. Completed Health Declaration Form.
Stay at a Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotel/s for upto first 14 days of the visit and undergo on-arrival PCR test. Travelers are allowed to stay at any number of Certified Safe & Secure L1 hotels and permitted to use all facilities of the hotel. Travelers are also allowed to visit approved tourist sites in a bio bubble. Visit www.srilanka.travel/helloagain .
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Perform the second PCR
a. If stay is more than 14 days – perform PCR on 11-14th day of arrival. Upon negative results for both PCRs travelers are allowed to leave the bio-bubble and the respective L1 hotel doctor will issue a discharge document upon verifying the PCR test results.
b. If stay is between 5-14 days – perform the PCR depending on the date of departure (i.e. 24-48 hours before departure)
c. If stay is less than 5 days – no exit PCR required.

Visa procedure

1. The “Visa Free” status and the issuance of “On Arrival” visas are suspended until further notice.
2. All tourists entering Sri Lanka are required to obtain online tourist visas before arrival and Sri Lanka tourism mobile app is incorporated into the online visa application form; Sri Lanka tourism mobile app is made available on both the Play store and the Appstore.
3. The standard online tourist visa fee will be applicable and visas will be issued for 3 months.

The following are mandatory for processing online tourist visa.

1. COVID-19 insurance policy purchased through Sri Lanka tourism mobile app at a premium of USD 12 (covering USD 50,000 for a period of 1 month and can extend upto 90 days with an additional payment).
2. All tourists will have to obtain a travel insurance with health and hospitalization coverage for the entire duration of stay to cover standard health risks other than COVID-19.
3. A valid return air ticket.
4. Payment for PCR tests (USD 40 per test) depending on the number of days of stay.
5. Pre confirmed hotel bookings at one or more Level 1 SLTDA registered and ‘Safe & Secure’ certified Level – 1, accommodation establishments for the first 14 days of stay.

Airline requirement.

1. Any Airline operating flights to Sri Lanka will check tourists for valid visas and negative PCR test report taken 96 hours before departure for allowing them to board the flight.
2. All flights operating to Sri Lanka are required to consult the Civil Aviation Authority on the health protocols that need to be adhered to.

Airport arrival

1. Use only traditional Sri Lankan greeting “Ayubowan” at all times instead of handshaking, hugging or kissing.
2. Face masks worn during the flight should be disposed of and new face masks should be worn at the first counter of the arrival, before entering the airport.
3. Washing hands with soap and disinfecting the footwear is mandatory for all tourists before entering the airport.
4. Tourists/airport staff should maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meter between two people at all times.
5. All arriving passengers and airline crew members should undergo temperature screening through thermal scanners; if anyone records a temperature of 37.4oC (99.3oF) or above, he/she should be immediately referred to the airport health office of Quarantine Unit for further examination and necessary action.
6. The tourists, crew members and all airport staff should wear face masks at all times; surgical face masks should be changed every 4 to 6 hours.
7. Disinfecting procedures to be in place for all arrivals, luggage and travel documents.

Airport transfers

1. The designated safe and secure certified OFF 2 LANKA TOURS driver guide will page your name in the arrival lobby to pick you up. He will take you to the designated Level 1 safe and secure certified hotels of stay by a well sanitized vehicle, between seated passengers; this condition may be relaxed, if one family is traveling together.
2. Tourists should sanitize hands and disinfectant footwear prior to boarding a vehicle and wearing of face masks is compulsory during the journey.
3. The vehicle driver/pick up personnel should wear face masks and maintain a safe physical distance meter at all times, including greeting and handling of luggage.

Transport & vehicles.

The tourists should disinfectant their footwear prior to boarding the vehicle and should wear face masks at all times inside the vehicle – Our staff will help you.

Other important information.

1. Make sure the safe distance of 1.5 meter is maintained at all times.
2. Payments for OFF TO LANKA TOURS and all the other payments in Sri Lanka – You are encouraged to do on-line transactions and credit/debit card payments in order to minimize cash handling.
3. Group photographs are only allowed if the recommended physical distance can be maintained.
4. The tour vehicle will not be stopped at any uncertified or unapproved shops, restaurants, sites, shopping malls, etc.
5. Maintain the safe physical distancing between seated passengers; this requirement may be relaxed, if one family is travelling together.
6. Use of public transport is not allowed for the first 14 days of stay and should not be encouraged to guests, even after the initial 14-day period is over.
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