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Revised travel, PCR guidelines for diplomatic corps

PCR tests must be undergone 72 hours prior to travel:
14 days quarantine mandatory:
Second PCR test before reporting to work:

The Ministry of Foreign Relations in a statement issued yesterday noted that it has revised its instructions on PCR tests and quarantine procedures for individuals with diplomatic passports citing that it has been made mandatory for these individuals to provide results of PCR tests prior to their departure from the respective countries.

Based on the revised instructions issued by the Presidential secretariat which has been conveyed by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to all diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka, the diplomatic mission(s) must inform the Foreign Ministry of individuals and their families who are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka, well in advance so that prior approval may be obtained.

Accordingly, it has been made mandatory for members of the diplomatic corp and their family to submit results of PCR tests obtained within 72 hours prior to their departure from the respective countries.

“If the individual or their family members are unable to provide the PCR test results, they would be subjected to a mandatory PCR test at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake,” the statement read. “The Foreign Ministry notes that travel by diplomatic officers to Sri Lanka will be approved subject to their concurrence to follow the above procedures issued by the Government of Sri Lanka.”

Furthermore it has been stated that the heads of mission and family members will self-quarantine at their official residences. All other arriving diplomatic staff and their family members have to follow quarantine procedures at a hotel, recommended by the Government (if independent residences are unavailable) for a period of 14 days subject to the concurrence and supervision of the head of the mission.

The missions have also been requested to inform the Foreign Ministry once the 14-day quarantine procedure is complete and they must submit the second PCR test result done by the mission before the officer resumes duties at the mission.

The missions have been instructed to forward the travel details of the diplomatic staff and their family members at least 48 hours prior to their departure to the Chief of protocol at the Ministry.

It was reported earlier that a diplomat had refused to undergo the PCR test at the BIA upon his arrival. The revised guidelines have been conveyed to all Diplomatic Missions, the Representation Offices of the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, International Organizations and Honorary Consulates resident in Colombo through diplomatic channels.


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