The Ministry of Health has decided to further ease health guidelines for tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from tomorrow.
Accordingly, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to undergo a pre-departure or on-arrival PCR or Rapid Antigen Test when visiting Sri Lanka.
Specialist of the Quarantine Unit of the Ministry of Health Dr. Dilhari Samarasekera speaking at a media briefing today said the new regulation will apply to persons who arrive in the island via ports and by air.
Dr. Samarasekera said on-arrival tests were cancelled prior adding it will continue to remain effective.
Meanwhile, Dr. Samarasekera added that pre-departure vaccines will apply to persons who tested positive for COVID-19 during the past six months and have only obtained one vaccine dose.
However, this group will not require on-arrival testing in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Samarasekera said an individual with two vaccine doses will also be accepted as fully vaccinated.
She added in Sri Lanka an individual is considered fully vaccinated after obtaining the initial two vaccine doses and the booster jab.
However Dr. Samarasekera said double vaccinated tourists will be considered fully vaccinated as many countries are yet to introduce booster jabs.
She noted that children 18 years and below will require only one vaccine dose.
However, she reiterated that individuals visiting Sri Lanka must have obtained the vaccine dose 14 days prior to entering the country.