Sep 28, 2021

No on-arrival PCR tests for fully vaccinated persons!

Fully vaccinated local and foreign passengers arriving in Sri Lanka, who were tested negative at the time of their departure, do not require on-arrival PCR testing at the airport and will be allowed to integrate into society from the airport, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Sri Lanka announced today (28).

The announcement was a part of amended guidelines for air passengers, and the press release in Sinhala is shown below.

The MoH media release stated that the decision was taken by a technical committee and details in this regard had emerged during a meeting held at the ministry today, which was headed by the Health Minister - Keheliya Rambukwella.

Speaking at the meeting, Director General of Health Services - Dr. Asela Gunawardena said that foreign arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be allowed to reach their hotels in a bio-bubble.

Although the MoH media release stated that these new guidelines will come into effect from Oct. 01, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella has Tweeted that they will come to effect from midnight tonight (Sep. 29).

Screenshot 2021 09 28 at 21.42.33On Sep. 24, Minister Rambukwella himself announced the launch of the '1st on-arrival #PCR testing for returning #lka nationals who've been fully #vaccinated"

"As mentioned earlier, this is a big step forward in #ReopeningSafely," he further said.

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