The opposition says it will support the move to bring down tourists but it should be done while adhering to all safety protocols.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Parliamentarian Harshana Rajakaruna said easing health regulations will have dangerous consequences.
MP Rajakaruna said the recent letter directed to the Director General of Health Services by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority is concerning since it has called for mandates pertaining to PPE kits for airline crew be removed and also to relax PCR test requirements for tourists.
He said if implemented, such measures will have serious consequences.
MP Rajakaruna said they agree that the number of tourists arriving in the country must be increased but the opposition will oppose relaxing of all regulations.
MP Harshana Rajakaruna said meanwhile, as a move to encourage tourists to visit the country, the government should reduce the rates charged for a PCR test which is currently at US$ 40.
He said since the government has gazetted the maximum retail price for a PCR test, the same amount could be charged from tourists.
MP Rajakaruna noted that the regulation that mandates foreign nationals to pay for the PCR test before boarding a flight can also be removed which will encourage more tourists to visit Sri Lanka.