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Operational guidelines for tourism revival

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) preparing for the resumption of tourism activities in the country yesterday issued a series of operational guidelines with health protocols to be followed by all tourism stakeholders.

According to the guidelines, it is mandatory for all tourists to commit to a minimum stay of five nights in Sri Lanka and book all accommodation only at SLTDA registered and ‘Safe and Secure’ certified establishments.

All tourists entering Sri Lanka are required to obtain online tourist visas before arrival, and the online tourist visa fee is US$ 100.

“Any Airline operating flights to Sri Lanka will check tourists for valid visas and negative PCR test reports before allowing them to board the flight.

A Negative PCR report issued by an accredited laboratory within 72 hours prior to the landing in Sri Lanka is a requirement. All tourists should undergo a PCR test at the arriving airport. A repeat PCR test to be conducted 5-7 days after the arrival or if the guest develops respiratory symptoms, whichever comes first. These PCR tests will be conducted free of charge,” the SLTDA said.

“The establishments and service providers that pass the compliance audits will be awarded a ‘Safe and Secure’ certificate and decals to display in their premises as a mark of trust and assurance to tourists.

“When tourism resumes, such ‘Safe and Secure’ certified establishments and service providers will be given preference to provide services to foreign travellers,” the guidelines noted.

As per the guidelines, use of public transport (trains, buses and Tuk Tuk) is not allowed at this stage for tourists. The operation of swimming pools and cinemas/theatres are also not allowed at present.

“Given the importance of the tourism sector to the national economy of Sri Lanka, it is paramount that tourism activities resume at the earliest, by ensuring all necessary health and safety protocols and procedures are in place.

“With the global recognition Sri Lanka has gained by effectively managing and controlling the spread of the COVID-19 within the country, potential travellers and tour groups have already inquired regarding travel into the country. While welcoming such gestures of good faith by tourists, Sri Lanka Tourism realizes the importance of implementing planned, organized and well-structured health protocols when resuming tourism in the country, so as to ensure the safety and good health of all guests, industry stakeholders and the public.”

“The guidelines provide a road map with key criteria and steps to be taken for the ‘Safe and Secure’ restoration of tourism activities ”.


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