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Govt mulling opening BIA before Aug.1

The Government is focusing on re-opening of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake to international tourists prior to August 1, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

“We will be ready to receive all international tourists after the repatriation of all Sri Lankans stranded overseas is concluded,” he added. Minister Ranatunga said that the repatriation procedure would end before August. However, this will depend on the space available at quarantine centers across the country.

The Minister added that about 10,000 people who have been already repatriated are under quarantine at present and another 20,000 Sri Lankans are waiting to return home.

“All tourists arriving in the country will be subjected to PCR tests and attention has been paid to bring tourists in small groups after the BIA is reopened,” he added.

“Tourists are required to submit a PCR test report obtained from their respective countries prior to their departure. However, it is necessary to undergo a second PCR test on arrival to Sri Lanka,” the Minister said.

“Tourists will be permitted to travel within the country only when their test results prove to be negative,” Minister Ranatunga said.


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