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Sri Lanka has now opened up its borders to foreign tourists last week on 21st January, 2021 after a 10 month covid-19 pandemic-related closure with hopes to slowly revitalize its renowned tourism industry.
With proof of a negative PCR test taken within four days prior to their arrival, foreign tourists are able to visit Sri Lanka and stay in the designated 14 tourism zones, isolated from the local population with the exception of the hotel staff. This travel bubble includes the participation of 180 hotels across the country. Tourists will also need to purchase an insurance (costing equivalent to 12 USD) that will be able to cover up to 50,000 USD worth of covid-19 related medical costs.
However, passengers who have stayed in Britain for 14 days or more will not be allowed to enter the country in an attempt to keep out the newer, more contagious covid-19 variant from appearing within its borders. Its travel ban with the UK will still remain up until further notice.
This official reopening comes after the government initiated a pilot project on December 26 in partnership with Ukraine in which 1,500 Ukrainians were able to visit Sri Lanka in such a travel bubble.
Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority commented, "As we open our doors to the world once again, we have pulled out all the stops, ensuring that every precautionary measure has been set in place to make the island getaway as safe, secure, and serene as possible for the visitors.”
Tourism is a vital sector in Sri Lanka's economy; it accounts for up to 5% of its gross domestic product and directly affects the employment of 250,000 Sri Lankans. The 10 months closure on international tourists has caused its tourism and hotel industry to take massive and crippling profit losses.
Along with this announcement, Sri Lankan Airlines has now re-open their Jakarta - Colombo flight route. It will open flights once a week with plans to increase it to twice a week within the next few weeks.
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