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[Updated Nov 2021] Sri Lanka Covid-19 Travel Requirements: Bio-Bubble

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We are always charmed by Sri Lanka‘s rolling green hills, the ancient UNESCO sites and its rich history and culture. With the pandemic situation, we find ourselves missing the Pearl of the Indian Ocean quite a bit. But guess what? The country is now open again for tourism. Check out Sri Lanka Covid-19 Travel Requirements below!

For all travellers regardless of your vaccination status:

  • You don’t need to seek approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Civil Aviation Authority to enter Sri Lanka.
  • There is no minimum stay requirement.

What is Sri Lanka’s Bio-Bubble?

Not-vaccinated and not-fully-vaccinated travellers are required to stay and travel within Sri Lanka’s Bio-Bubble for a designated amount of time depending on your vaccination status. The Bio-Bubble is a program which allows those who are not fully vaccinated to explore the country safely. Within the program are several hotels and tourist attractions for you to choose from. After the designated period, you can travel anywhere in the country.

Sri Lanka travel requirements

Sri Lanka travel requirements for fully vaccinated travellers

  • Must have completed the complete dose 14 days before coming to Sri Lanka
  • A valid tourist visa. The visa needs to be applied online via www.eta.gov.lk
  • A negative PCR test with 72 hours before embarkation. If you have been infected within the last 3 months, you can do a Rapid Antigen test within 48 hours prior to departure.
  • There is no PCR test upon arrival.
  • Original vaccination certificate (and English translation if applicable)
  • Complete the Health Declaration form
  • You can arrange your own accommodation and transportation.
  • You don’t have to buy the Covid-19 Local Insurance cover if you have not been infected by Covid-19. If you have, the insurance is mandatory.

If you are travelling with unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated children

  • If they are below 12 years old: on-arrival tests are not required.
  • If they are from 12 to 18 years old:
    • You will need to do the PCR test on arrival at your own expense. If Day 1 test is negative, the children are allowed to enter Sri Lanka.
    • Fully vaccinated travellers don’t have to do the 2nd PCR test
    • The cost of the test is USD 40 per test. You can pay for it online in advance, at the approved laboratory at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) or any other laboratory approved by the Ministry of Health.

Note: While it is not compulsory for you to obtain the Covid-19 Local Insurance, you will need to ensure that your travel insurance cover health and expenses related to Covid-19, and that your unvaccinated/not-fully-vaccinated travel companions are adequately covered too.

Sri Lanka’s requirements for not-fully vaccinated travellers (the 14-day period from the completion of the dose is not over)

  • Mandatory Covid-19 Local Insurance
  • Advance payments for the PCR tests you need to do
  • The tourism reference number required for visa application
    You can visit visitsrilanka.gov.lk to do all of the above
  • A pre-confirmed booking at a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure Certified’ hotel/s for up to 14 days depending on when you complete the vaccination dose.
    • Bookings need to be made directly with the hotel or via an approved OTA
    • You can move within between certified hotels and can use the hotel facilities.
  • A valid tourist visa. The visa needs to be applied online via www.eta.gov.lk
  • A negative PCR test with 72 hours before embarkation (this is applied to all travellers, excluding children below 2 years old).
  • Original vaccination certificate / card (and an English translated copy if the original is not in English).
  • Complete a Health Declaration Card
  • PCR test at the hotel on the day of your arrival
  • Transportation from the airport needs to be arranged by the hotel or a certified travel agent.
  • You will need to stay in the bio-bubble until you complete the 14 days recommended period. The length of your stay depends on when you take your jab.
  • You will need a negative exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test at the end of the period. You will receive a “Discharge Document” that allows you to leave the bio-bubble.

If you are travelling with unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated children

  • If they are below 12 years old:
    • On-arrival tests are not required, unless the parents are tested positive or develop symptoms.
    • Exit tests are exempted.
  • If they are from 12 to 18 years old:
    • You will need to do the PCR test on arrival at your own expense.
    • Exit tests are on the same day as the parents.
    • The cost of the test is USD 40 per test. You can pay for it online in advance, at the approved laboratory at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) or any other laboratory approved by the Ministry of Health.

Travel requirements for not vaccinated travellers

The requirements are the same as not-fully vaccinated travellers. However, you will need to stay in the bio-bubble for 14 days.

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