Airports and boarders in Sri Lanka have been closed for all inbound international passengers for 10 days. According to the country’s Civil Aviation Authority, this is to take effect starting on Friday 21st May 20, 2021 at midnight.
The decision was reached following a single-day high Covid-19 cases rate of 3,051 being reported by the Island Nation.
This later influenced their main carrier Sri Lankan Airlines to post a notice on its website saying, “All online and offline carriers at all international Airports in Sri Lanka will not permit disembarking passengers into Sri Lanka with effect from 2359hrs on 21st May 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) until 2359hrs on 31st May 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) with a view to control the COVID-19 situation in the country”.
However, the following will be permitted during the restricted period:
- Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from BIA/MRIA.
- Aircraft Emergency Diversions to BIA/MRIA.
- Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to BIA/MRIA.
- Technical landings at BIA/MRIA.
- Inbound ferry flights (without passengers) at BIA/MRIA.
- Passengers transiting at BIA/HRIA for less than 12 hours with a confirmed ticket destined to an onward destination.
This follows approximately a month after Sri-Lanka and India called off a travel bubble following the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases in India. India accounts for one of the highest sources of tourists in Sri Lanka at 18% according to statistics January in 2020.