Permission for Carriage of Fully Vaccinated Passengers without any limitation of passenger numbers per flight effective 0001 hrs 1st August 2021.
Posted on August 4th, 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka

The Hon.Minister of Tourism and Aviation has instructed this office of the following:

1. For Passengers not arriving via the Sri Lanka Tourism Bio Bubble and who have not been vaccinated or only partially vaccinated can be carried by Airlines only up to a maximum of 75 passengers per flight. (Explanation : This will include passengers arriving for Hotel Quarantine and Government Quarantine)

2. Airlines are permitted to carry fully vaccinated passengers (administered with the relevant doses and 14 days have lapsed) without any limitation of passenger numbers per flight. (Explanation : This will include passengers arriving for Hotel Quarantine and Government Quarantine)

3. Airlines may carry passengers arriving via the Sri Lanka Tourism Bio Bubble without any limitation of passenger numbers per flight.

4. All passengers in (1),(2) and (3) above are to be carried in compliance with applicable Directives of the Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka in force at the time of carriage of the passengers.

5. All travellers of two years and above should undergo On Arrival (Day One) Covid-19 PCR test from a Ministry of Health approved laboratory.

6. Quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated travellers if the On Arrival (Day One) Covid-19 PCR test report is negative.

7. Travellers who are not AND partially vaccinated required to adhere to Ministry of Health directives issued on 7th & 15th July 2021 by Director General of Health in adhering to quarantine requirements

8. When discharging Fully Vaccinated Travellers after On Arrival (Day One) negative PCR report, in charge officer of the Quarantine Hotel / Quarantine Centre or Hotel Doctor at Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel should issue a “Discharge Document” and email the details to the Epidemiology Unit ( chepid@sltnet.lk and samithag@hotmail.com) of the Ministry of Health.

9. If there are children below 18 years, they can be discharged with fully vaccinated parents by adhering to the following measures.

9.1. Children of 2 to18 years should be subjected to an On Arrival (Day One) PCR testing and they should have negative results. 9.2. Children below 2 years will not be subjected to PCR testing after arrival to Sri Lanka and they will be discharged with fully vaccinated caretakers. However, if the On Arrival (Day One) PCR testing of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID – 19, child below 2 years will also be subjected to PCR testing subsequently

10. Following the Day One negative PCR test result, fully vaccinated travellers should arrange their own transport to travel to residence or point of destination and should not use public transport for this purpose.

11. Throughout the travelling, fully vaccinated travellers should strictly adhere to COVID – 19 preventive measures imposed by Government of Sri Lanka to be provided at the time of Day One discharge.

12. Driver and passengers of the vehicle should properly wear a facemask throughout.

13. Once released from On Arrival ( Day One ) negative PCR test result from Quarantine Hotel/Centre fully vaccinated travellers should travel directly to the destination without any stopovers.

14. Pre departure negative COVID – 19 test report. All travellers arriving in Sri Lanka should mandatorily carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report in English language done within 72 hours prior to embarkation. Note : Pre departure COVID – 19 Rapid Antigent test report is not accepted.

15. COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate / Card Travellers who have received the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine should carry the original vaccination certificate / card ( together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate/card is not written in English or if relevant data are not indicated in English in a non – English certificate / card ) or a verifiable evidence of vaccination.

16. Procedure to follow at the arriving airport in Sri Lanka 16.1. Each traveller should submit a completed Health Declaration Form to the staff of the Airport Health Office at the health counters of arriving airport. Separate forms should be submitted for each of accompanying children if any. Travellers who have completed the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and departs from abroad after two weeks of completion of vaccination, should produce the vaccination certficate / Card to Airport Health Officer at arriving airport.

16.2. After completion of formalities at the Airport, all travellers will be transferred to a Quarantine Centre managed by the Government of Sri Lanka or to a hotel designated for quarantine or to a Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel. Transport shall be provided by the Government authorities or the Hotel Management on a pre-determined manner. Respective Diplomatic Mission / Organization / Agency with permanent offices in Sri Lanka should arrange their own transport (adhering to preventive measures imposed by Government of Sir Lanka) to transport Foreign National Staff members, if undergoing quarantine at an area MOH approve residence. Level 1 Hotel bookings can be pre-booked through a travel agent, direct contact with the hotel while Government services could be provided upon arrival only.

17. Procedures to be followed by fully vaccinated travellers after going to residence / home / hotel (hotel is allowed only for fully vaccinated foreigners exempted from further quarantine).

17.1. All travellers should immediately inform the area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) by telephone or email, soon after their arrival to residence / home.

17.2. Fully vaccinated foreigners (including Valid Resident Visa Holders) should immediately inform the area MOH by telephone or email soon after their arrival to residence / home / hotel. Foreigners could get the assistance of the hotel management / travel agents to find the contact details of area MOH. Sri Lanka Tourism should inform the details of Tourists arriving via Sri Lanka Tourism to area Medical Officer of Health.

17.3. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Sri Lanka with a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure followed by On Arrival (Day One) PCR report shall not be further quarantined at home / residence / hotel.

17.4. The discharge document issued by the Quarantine Hotel / Centre / Safe and Secure Certified Level 1 Hotel should be submitted to the area MOH upon request.

17.5. If febrile or display COVID – 19 like symptoms, should inform immediately to area MOH.

18. Seafares or Maritime Security Officers (Sea marshals) arriving via airports Fully vaccinated Sri Lankan seafarers arriving via airports.

18.1. Fully Vaccinated Sri Lankan seafarers arriving via airports should undergo quarantine in an Isolation Centre (used to quarantine seafarers) / Quarantine Hotel / Government Quarantine Centre / Safe & Secure Certified Level One Hotel until On Arrival PCR testing is done and the negative PCR report is available.

18.2. No further quarantine is necessary for “Fully Vaccinated” seafarers if the On Arrival PCR test report is negative.

18.3. After verifying the status of vaccination and if completed recommended doses of vaccination, In charge officer of the Isolation Cetre (used to quarantine seafarers)/ Quarantine Holel / Governnment Quarantine Centre should issue a “Discharge Document” and email the details to the Epidemiology Unit ( chepid@sltnet.lk and samithag@hotmail.com) of the Ministry of Health.

18.4. All seafarers should immediately inform the area MOH by telephone or email soon after their arrival to residence / home

19. Travel restricted countries Travellers with a travel history ( including transit ) in the past 14 days to India, South American countries ( 14 countries ) and South African countries ( South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe ) please refer to the directive issued by the Ministry of Health on 15th July 2021 for travel guidelines and approval procedures for travel to Sri Lanka.

Airlines are hereby instructed to strictly adhere to the above.

This guideline will be revised depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country or the global situation

Upul Dharmadasa CTC | Chairman

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