Sri Lanka Government relaxing quarantine measures for some travelers as of 19 March 2021

Posted on 21/03/21

Sri Lanka is revising travel restrictions as of March 19 as part of COVID-19 measures. Non-tourist travelers entering the country after at least 14 days of completing COVID-19 vaccination no longer require quarantine. Such arrivals must submit a vaccination certificate and its English translation if applicable, as well as undergo COVID-19 testing on the first and seventh day of entry. Vaccinated tourists must limit their movement to an approved hotel and tourist locations for the first seven days, instead of 14 days. Unvaccinated entrants must continue to seek prior permission before entry, quarantine at home or a designated facility, as well as undergo COVID-19 testing up to three times after arrival. Sri Lankan residents, as well as those who exit Sri Lanka for a maximum of seven days for official or business purposes, may also obtain prior permission to quarantine at home for seven days upon return, instead of 14 days at a special facility.


Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure that contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

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