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Sri Lanka gives green light to fully vaccinated Indian tourists to travel

After an on-arrival test, fully vaccinated foreign Indian visitors may roam freely across Sri Lanka as the country reopens its borders to India after a long wait.

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Sri Lanka, First Published Aug 25, 2021, 6:50 PM IST
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Sri Lanka has made a significant stride forward with a defined travel safety procedure and no minimum stay duration, as global restrictions relax, paving the path for a robust comeback of foreign travel. The most recent Sri Lankan Tourism health policy for Indian visitors provides extensive information on government-approved travel safety standards. These have been developed to provide the highest level of safety for both travellers and local populations.

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After an on-arrival test, fully vaccinated foreign Indian visitors may roam freely across Sri Lanka as the country reopens its borders to India after a long wait. Only fully vaccinated Indians who have finished the required vaccine doses (two weeks after their final immunisation) will be considered, with no minimum stay time limitations.

SriLankan Airlines, the national airline of both nations, is anticipated to enhance connectivity and flight frequencies from Indian cities to its hub in Colombo shortly, improving travel options between the two countries.

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Earlier this month, the United Kingdom said fully vaccinated persons travelling to the country will no longer require the required 10-day hotel quarantine, as India has been transferred off the country's 'red' to 'amber' list. Returning from an amber list country requires a 10-day quarantine at home or any other location of one's choice under Britain's international travel regime. After five days in quarantine, they will have the opportunity to "Test to Release." Those flying from India must undergo a Covid test three days before their journey and arrange two Covid tests in advance.

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