New PCR testing lab at BIA to open on Sept 20 | Daily News

New PCR testing lab at BIA to open on Sept 20

The new state-of-the- art PCR testing laboratory set up at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake will be opened on September 20 to provide passengers with PCR test results in three hours, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

The lab will offer fast COVID-19 testing with the capacity of carrying out more than 500 PCR tests per hour and 7,000 PCR tests per day and results available in around three hours.

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday visited the newly constructed PCR testing laboratory at the BIA premises.

Passengers who receive a negative PCR test report and are fully vaccinated will not have to self-isolate and they are permitted to visit the country.

Although, a private company has invested for the lab, the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited has its full ownership. The laboratory will be implemented under the two-year management agreement. The lab charges US$ 40 from a passenger for the PCR test.

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