The Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau has reached a decision to pay for the PCR tests of migrant workers, carried out at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
This facility will be available from tomorrow for foreign tourists visiting the country.
A PCR test will be conducted at a cost of USD 40.
Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva said the Foreign Employment Bureau decided to pay for the tests as a mark of appreciation of the services by migrant workers.
Minister de Silva said if the PCR test result is negative, the individual will be able to return home within three hours.
The Minister said the decision was reached after holding lengthy discussions, adding the programme will be implemented as a pilot project for three months and will be extended after considering the result.
The Minister claimed previously the Foreign Employment Bureau directed migrant workers to quarantine facilities at high rates.