Travel Restrictions Entering Sri Lanka from the United States

International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from the United States to Sri Lanka.

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Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.

Border Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

ALLOWED

Transit is allowed

Policies
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Cases Per Million
39.52
Decreased by8.72
at 1/25/2022
Vaccinated
76.58%
Increased by1.18%
at 1/25/2022
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Description

Travelers are allowed to enter Sri Lanka. Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling.

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Start Date
1/20/2021
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Allowed

Transit is allowed

Description

Travelers in international transit are allowed as long as they do not leave the international airport area, and the connecting flight is a maximum of 10 hours of arrival.

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Start Date
3/16/2020
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Visas

Mandatory

You need an Electronic travel authorization to travel to Sri Lanka on a passport issued by the United States

Electronic travel authorization

To visit Sri Lanka for Business or Tourism, you require a visa.

The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required for visa-exempt visitors entering Sri Lanka. It is an online application. If approved, you'll receive your eTA confirmation electronically. When you arrive in Sri Lanka, border crossing will ask for your passport and check their electronic records to ensure you have the proper visas.

Note: Your eTA is electronically linked to your passport and valid for up to 30 days. When you receive a new passport, you must apply for a new eTA.

For all other visas, visit the government site.

Electronic travel authorization

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results for entry

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Description

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure.

All test results must be in English.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 12;
  • Travelers with valid proof of COVID-19 infection in the past 3 months have the option to present a rapid antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Antigen Test Up To 48 hours Before Departure
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Mandatory

Mandatory health insurance

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Description

Travelers must pay for COVID-19 local travel insurance at USD $12 with coverage of USD $50,000 for up to 1 month.

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Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration form

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Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before arriving in Sri Lanka. Each traveler must have their own form filled out.

Travelers are required to complete the health declaration form online and upload the relevant documents, such as vaccination records, negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results, and passport data page, before boarding. A QR Code will be issued and must be displayed digitally or on paper. For more information, please see the source.

Relevant Documents and Resources
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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Description

Fully vaccinated travelers who have received the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before departure must carry the original vaccination certificate or verifiable evidence of vaccination. If the certificate is not in English, then a certified English translation of the certificate must be carried as well.

Any vaccination type accepted by the country of origin is acceptable.

Travelers between the ages of 12-18 who have received at least one dose of a Pfizer vaccine a minimum of 2 weeks before arriving in Sri Lanka will be considered fully vaccinated.

Travelers who have valid documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 6 months and have received one dose of a vaccine at least 14 days before departure will be considered fully vaccinated. The vaccination certificate should indicate that the vaccination course has been completed following the administration of one dose.

Please see the source for more details.

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On Arrival

Not Required

No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers

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Travel Purpose
Tourism
Description

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine on arrival. Travelers are still recommended to use "Safe and Secure" certified accommodations and travel agents.

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Mandatory

Mandatory health pass for public activity

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Description

Travelers are required to present proof of vaccination before checking in to hotels and other public places. The health pass should be presented as valid proof of vaccination.

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Changed

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Travelers must wear masks in public places such as on public transportation, in businesses, and in public buildings.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is high in Sri Lanka.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
39.52
Decreased by8.72
at 1/25/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
10.56%
Decreased by1.52%
at 1/23/2022
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
76.58%
Increased by1.18%
at 1/25/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
16,463,502
Increased by255,176
at 1/25/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.15
Decreased by0.04
at 1/23/2022

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health has declared the country is under Risk Alert Level 3. Under these guidelines, a nationwide ban on all gatherings is in place. Curfew may be in place in high-risk areas. Updates related to the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka can be found at https://www.epid.gov.lk/w...
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Use of mask

Required
Face masks are required in all public spaces and while on public transportation.

Public transportation

Restrictions in place
Public transportation is operating with adapted safety measures in place, only seated passengers are allowed on buses and trains.

Restaurants

Restrictions in place
Restaurants are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as social distancing. Restaurants may be closed in high-risk areas.

Bars

Restrictions in place
Bars are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as social distancing. Bars may be closed in high-risk areas.

Nightclubs

Closed
Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Restrictions in place
Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing. Non-essential businesses may be closed in high-risk areas.

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