Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella says fully vaccinated Sri Lankans arriving in the country will not be required to stay at a hotel for PCR testing.
Minister Rambukwella said they will be subject to a PCR test at the Bandaranaike International Airport upon arrival by the Ministry of Health.
The new programme will begin next week. In the event of a negative test result, arrivals will be allowed to travel home from the airport.
Accordingly, Sri Lankans visiting the island will not be required to pay for hotel stays during the PCR testing period while the time spent on this measure has also been reduced.
Meanwhile, Minister Rambukwella added some relaxation should be introduced in essential areas of the country including the tourism sector having analysed the health conditions prevalent in the country.
The Minister said it is essential to uplift the tourism industry that is a major source of income and for a mechanism to be introduced in compliance with health guidelines and regulations.
Speaking at a discussion today, Minister Rambukwella said certain measures could be eased having considered the number of COVID-19 infections, fatalities and oxygen usage.
The Tourism Minister said many health guidelines currently being implemented in relation to the tourism industry are guidelines that were implemented prior to the vaccination programme.
Accordingly, he called for the guidelines to be reconsidered.