Sri Lanka has taken steps to ban the arrival of tourists from six countries including South Africa from midnight today, due to the threat of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Accordingly, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka said tourists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini will be banned from entering the country.
Speaking to NewsRadio Chairman Upul Dharmadasa said transit passengers from the six countries have also been banned from travel through Sri Lanka.
However, if tourists are currently on their way to the country from any of the six nations, the individuals will be subject to mandatory quarantine.
Issuing a statement the CAA said:
Irrespective of COVID-19 vaccination status Travellers of twelve years and above who are arriving in Sri Lanka on 26th and 27th of November 2021 from above-mentioned countries shall undergo Day One (On Arrival PCR) testing at a Ministry of Health approved laboratory at Katunayake or at a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel.
If the Day One PCR report is negative, they have to undergo mandatory Quarantine as follows:
1. Sri Lankans, Dual Citizens, Valid Resident Visa holders and their spouses and children should undergo mandatory home quarantine until completion of 14 days. Once they arrive at their homes, they have to inform the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH).
2. Foreign national staff members of the diplomatic missions or UN organizations/ UN Specialized agencies/ International Organizations with permanent offices in Sri Lanka (mentioned in Annex 01) and their accompanying spouse, parents and children should undergo mandatory quarantine at an area Medical Officer of Health approved residence/ Safe and Secure Certified Level 1 hotel until completion of 14 days. Once they arrive at the residences, they have to inform area MOH.
3. All other travellers should undergo quarantine at a Safe and Secure Certified Level 1 hotel until completion of 14 days
All travellers of 12 years and above should undergo COVID-19 PCR/ Rapid Antigen testing at a Ministry of Health approved lab (Private sector or state sector) on Day 14 and they will be released from quarantine with a negative COVID-19 Test report. Contacts of the positive travellers will have to undergo quarantine further as per the guidelines of Ministry of Health