Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Sri Lanka

Information last updated on March 25, 2021.

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Traveling now is more complicated than it used to be, due to numerous restrictions, vaccinations, and other local factors. We admit that getting away is not easy, but it is by no means impossible! However, Sri Lanka is still not fully open for tourism at the moment, as only special tourist flights are scheduled and monitored, in order to assess the impact and properly organize the tourism structures for a full reopening. We are all waiting for that day!

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Here is all you need to know if you’re thinking of traveling to Sri Lanka now!

 
Who can visit Sri Lanka right now?
Only legal residents and special arranged tourists are allowed to enter the country at the moment. Other foreign internationals are accepted only under specific circumstances, but general tourism is not one of them.
 
Is a negative COVID-19 test required for entry in Sri Lanka?
Yes, a negative PCR test done maximum 72 hours prior to boarding the flight is mandatory for those with a right to entry.
 
Is quarantine mandatory for travelers entering Sri Lanka?
Yes, all travelers who can enter the country must self-isolate for 14 days. A third negative test will allow them to be released from quarantine.
 
Is there any other special requirement before traveling?
On arrival visas have been suspended, so make sure you obtain a visa before departure.
 
Is domestic traveling allowed in Sri Lanka?
There are intermittent restrictions concerning only some areas, so make sure you follow the local regulations. Curfews are also in place for many regions.
 
Are there any special rules set in place regarding the pandemic?
General health requirements need to be followed. Some particular measures might be ordered by the local authorities, so make sure you are paying attention to the local regulations.
 

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I travel to Sri Lanka from the US right now?
No, unless you have a valid residence permit or you are traveling for an exceptional cause, with specific approvals.
Can I travel to Sri Lanka from the UK right now?
No, unless you have a valid residence permit or you are traveling for an exceptional cause, with specific approvals.
Can I travel to Sri Lanka from Canada right now? No, unless you have a valid residence permit or you are traveling for an exceptional cause, with specific approvals.
Is a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for travelers entering Sri Lanka?
No, vaccination is not required at the moment.
 
What are the best things to do in Sri Lanka right now?
Sri Lanka offers so many options for spending a great vacation. There are plenty of tours and activities you can enjoy while traveling in this amazing country. Make sure you check out our dedicated page where you can find the inspiration for your next adventure.

 

Bear in mind that all information is subject to change. Travel restrictions vary depending on the evolution of the pandemic in different states. We strongly advise you to follow the indications of your local authorities before you decide to travel. We constantly update the information to keep you informed, but it is always a good idea to check the official websites of your destination country before your departure.