COVID-19 Information – Sri Lanka

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COVID-19 Information – Sri Lanka

Last update: December 30, 2021

***Effective December 6, 2021, all US-bound air passengers two years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test performed within one day calendar following the trip. Alternatively, travelers to the United States can provide documentation from a licensed healthcare provider that they have recovered from COVID-19 within 90 days of travel. Check the CDC website for more information and frequently asked questions.

Country specific information

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, including variant B.1.1.7.
In areas where the number of cases is increasing, the government of Sri Lanka will adopt preventive measures, including curfews as well as travel restrictions. These restrictions are not always announced in advance or applied consistently. Follow instructions from local authorities, including those related to physical distancing and wearing a face covering. Failure to comply with preventive measures could lead to involuntary quarantine or criminal prosecution.
New guidelines limit the number of people who can participate in many activities, including wedding celebrations, public gatherings, dining in restaurants and more. Follow local guidelines before engaging in public activities.
From September 15, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required to enter public areas, including hotels.
The government of Sri Lanka has set up hotlines for tourists who have problems planning their transport to the airport for departure:
+94 (011) 244-4480
+94 (011) 244-4481
+94 (011) 597-8730
+94 (011) 597-8734
+94 (011) 597-8720
COVID-19 testing

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for US citizens in Sri Lanka? Yes
If so, are test results reliably available within 24 hours? Yes, but please confirm with the test site you are using if they can return results within the required time frame.
Citizens can get a COVID-19 test in Sri Lanka at any private hospital. The average cost per test is 9,000 to 13,000 Sri Lankan rupees (about $50 to $70).
Test results are sent by e-mail.
The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health website has information regarding the response to COVID-19.
Information on the COVID-19 vaccine

Has the government of Sri Lanka approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes
Are vaccines available in Sri Lanka for US citizens? Vaccines are only available to US citizens, age 30 or older, with a resident visa. Other US citizens who wish to be vaccinated must travel to the United States to do so.
Six (6) vaccination centers have been set up in Colombo for the public to get vaccinated. Colombo residents should contact their local Ministry of Health officer or public health inspector’s office and register for the vaccine, or they can go to the nearest center and wait for be vaccinated.
What vaccines are available in Sri Lanka? Oxford Astra-Zeneca, Covishied (Serum Institute of India), Sinopharm, Gamaleya (Sputnic V) and Pfizer. Clients often do not have a choice of which vaccine they receive when visiting vaccination clinics in Sri Lanka. US citizens who wish to receive a specific vaccine can travel to the United States to do so.
Visit the FDA website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccines to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and exit requirements

Are US citizens allowed to enter? Yes
Passengers from cruise ships or private vessels are not allowed to disembark.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required to enter? Yes
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other points of entry? Yes
A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka, can apply for a visa extension. The short-visit visa can be extended for up to 90 days from the date of arrival at first instance and an additional 90 days at second instance. For more details, please visit lk.
For more information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the CDC’s requirement that all travelers to the United States present a negative COVID test, please see COVID-19 Traveler Information. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered where the country of departure does not have adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information to support an exemption, email [email protected]
As of January 1, 2022, all visitors to Sri Lanka (whether vaccinated or not) must purchase COVID insurance, currently set at USD 12/month. Please visit helloagain (srilanka.travel) for the latest information.
Movement restrictions

Is a curfew in place? No

Are there any restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

Are US citizens required to self-quarantine? Yes. Travelers who have not received a full course of a COVID vaccine are required to quarantine in a government hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. Fully vaccinated travelers, defined as those who received a full vaccine (often two doses) and waited two weeks to travel, are exempt from quarantine.
Due to frequent changes, please see http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa for more information on visas and tourist restrictions in Sri Lanka.
Transportation Options

Do commercial flights operate? Yes
Does public transport work? Yes
Fines for non-compliance

Failure to comply with host country rules regarding social distancing or other COVID-19 prevention measures may result in fines or arrests.
Consular operations

The U.S. Embassy Colombo currently provides routine services to U.S. citizens (i.e. passports, consular reports of birth abroad, and notary services).
The U.S. Embassy Colombo offers limited Immigrant Visa (IV) and Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) services:
IV: The cases of immediate relatives and family preference are being processed.
VIN: Student, on-demand and crew/transit visas are being processed, along with B1/B2 (visitor) visas canceled in early 2020.
Local resources

Travelers are encouraged to review COVID-19 information available on state.gov
For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
We encourage you to visit state.gov to review individual travel advisories regarding the most pressing health security threats. Please also visit the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate website for information on entry restrictions, overseas quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.
Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and help locate them in the event of an emergency. The Department uses these alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned protests, natural disasters, and more. In case of emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: -toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.
The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health website has information regarding the response to COVID-19.

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