Sri Lanka lifts ban on arrivals from Gulf countries

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka has revised Tuesday’s decision to ban arrivals airline passengers with a recent travel history to six Gulf countries for two weeks.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on June 28 announced that that passengers with travel history to Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka from 1st July until 13th July.

The CAASL however, has reversed the decision and Wednesday announced that the ban on air travel from has been lifted subject to a number of conditions.

“In accordance with instructions received from the Ministry of Health and the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) the passenger restriction on the following 6 Countries (Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait) is revoked with immediate effect on the following conditions,” Director General of the CAASL Capt Themiya Abeywickrama said.

• All arriving passengers must have a negative PCR Test obtained within 96 hours prior to departure. Airline to ensure this before boarding passengers.
• Antigen tests cannot be accepted as a pre-departure test for boarding.
• PCR test must be presented from a Government approved hospital/laboratory in the respective Country with a QR Code/Bar Code.
• Airlines must satisfy themselves of the authenticity of the test reports presented by the passengers.
• Passengers are permitted to arrive only for Hotel Quarantine or through the Sri Lanka Tourism Bio Bubble Route.

The above conditions will apply until further notice, the CAASL said.

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