Sri Lanka is ready to welcome tourists from the 1st of August 2020 08 June 2020.

Sri Lanka is preparing to welcome travelers from across the world with safety guidelines and precautionary measures.


Who can visit ? All nationalities and all types of travellers are welcome, including groups, families and individuals.

Which airports will operate? Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA], Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA] and Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport ( MRIA) will be operating for tourist arrivals from August 1st 2020.

What are the visa procedures?

  • All travelers will require a valid visa; this will be issued for 30 days and extendable for up to 6 months after arrival.
  • Online Visa at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.
  • Visa fee US$100
  • Notes
  • Fee Includes Standard visa fee and costs for PCR tests to be conducted in Sri Lanka

Information required for visa application

  • Booking details at Certified Accommodation
  • Itinerary in Sri Lanka
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of medical insurance

Where can I stay and is there a minimum duration?

  • A minimum 5-night stay in Sri Lanka is required.
  • On the official tourism website, you will find the list of certified hotels.
  • Details of bookings made with Certified Accommodation providers are required for the visa application

Pre departure Covid-19 PCR testing

  • A negative PCR test is required prior to boarding your flight and on arrival in Sri Lanka. The test should be no older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
  • Note: The official document is sufficient.

On arrival in Sri Lanka

  • The airport will have high intensity sanitation measures in place for all areas and staff.
  • There is no quarantine on arrival unless symptoms are detected.
  • A PCR test would be done on arrival at the airport. (include on visa fee)
  • Currently it takes 24 hours to receive the test results. We are making changes to have results within 4-6 hours by August. In the event it is required to wait 24 hours for test results; you will be able to select a hotel for a one-night stay from Certified 4 or 5-star hotels in Colombo or Negombo until the test results are received.
  • A further test will be done 4-5 days after arrival by a mobile unit in coordination with your Certified Accommodation provider.
  • Travelers staying for more than 10 days will be required to take a third test during their stay. While this may be inconvenient it is essential to safeguard everybody and provide peace of mind.
  • In case of a positive PCR result, quarantine in a designated hotel or hospitalisation will take place depending on the details of the case. Quarantine would usually be 14 to 21 days if symptoms are detected.

Moving around Sri Lanka

  • To ensure your safety, please arrange transportation prior to your arrival, with your Certified Accommodation provider or travel agent.
  • Public transport should not be used: Train ride will not take place.
  • All tourist sites will be open from the 1st August onwards with safety protocols and measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of our travelers.
  • There will be no travel restrictions between districts for tourists.

What is Sri Lanka’s status with COVID-19?

  • Being an island, and thanks to the proactive measures taken, Sri Lanka has been able to manage the spread of the virus. No active community clusters have been detected in the last 30 days within the country.

We will inform you about any change in the guideline.

Created By
Lucile Rouille


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