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Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions

63.68% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 61.70% last week
Most visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka entry details and exceptions

Most travelers can enter Sri Lanka, but there are restrictions. Travelers must pay for COVID-19 insurance on their booking for a stay at a level1 Safe and Secure certified hotel. Insurance is $12 USD with coverage of up to USD $50,000 for up to 1 month.


Outgoing travel to Sri LankaTravelling from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from the United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Sri Lanka.

Details and exceptions

Travelers under the age of 2 are exempted unless their parents test positive.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from the United Kingdom will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Sri Lanka.

Details and exceptions

Travelers must stay at Certified Safe and Secure L1 hotels for up to 14 days on arrival in Sri Lanka. Travelers who test negative on their COVID-19 test on arrival are allowed to stay at any number of level 1 hotels, use all hotel facilities and visit approved tourist sites in a bio bubble. Travelers aged 2 years and older staying more than 5 days must take a PCR COVID-19 test to exit. Travelers staying more than 14 days must take a test between days 11-14 of their stay and they can leave the tourism bubble with a negative result.

Fully vaccinated travelers and travelers that have fully recovered from COVID-19 are exempted from this requirement.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before arriving in Sri Lanka.


Return travelReturning to the United Kingdom from Sri Lanka

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Sri Lanka must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departure to the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test) taken any time in the 3 days before the departure date. If a traveler is changing flight, the test should be taken in the 3 days of the final departure point to UK.

The test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted.

Travelers could be fined £500 if they are unable to present a pre-departure test.

Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands and St Helena) and children who are 0-10 years old going to England (0-11 years old for children going to Wales, Scotland and NI) are exempt from the pre-departure testing requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Sri Lanka will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

All travelers including vaccinated individuals who are mandated to quarantine in a managed hotel must be administered with day 2 and day 8 test. They will be required to continue their quarantine period regardless of the result of their day 2 test. For travelers who have positive result, quarantine will start from the date after the result of their day 2 test and they no longer need to use the day 8 test.

For travelers who will have a positive result after using the day 8 test, they will need to quarantine further. They will have to finish the quarantine starting from the date after the result of their day 8 test.

Travelers who have both negative result for day 2 and day 8 test will be out of the 10-day quarantine from the day they arrived in the country.

Travelers going to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are advised to check further details regarding their quarantine.

Documents
Mandatory passenger locator form

Submit the form any time in the 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Show the form when checking in your plane, train or ferry to the UK.

Managed quarantine package for Scotland

All travelers arriving directly to Scotland are required to book their Managed Quarantine Package prior to travel.

COVID-19 testing package

All travelers must book and pay for a COVID-19 Testing Package prior to travel to England and Scotland.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Sri Lanka

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.

  • Vaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from the United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.

  • Travelers coming from the United Kingdom will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.

  • Travelers from the United Kingdom are required to isolate for 14 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Sri Lanka is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Sri Lanka are open with restrictions. Bars in Sri Lanka are open with restrictions.