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COVID-19 Information – Sri Lanka 

Last updated: April 20, 2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.
  • In areas with an increase in cases, the government of Sri Lanka will enact preventative measures, including curfews as well as limited travel restrictions. Follow the instructions of local authorities, including those related to physical distancing and face covering. Failure to respect preventative measures could result in involuntary quarantine or criminal charges.
  • Most businesses have resumed operations. Schools and universities have begun phased re-opening.
  • The government of Sri Lanka has established hotlines for tourists who are facing problems scheduling transportation to the airport for departure:
  • +94 (011) 244-4480
  • +94 (011) 244-4481
  • +94 (011) 597-8730
  • +94 (011) 597-8734
  • +94 (011) 597-8720

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Sri Lanka? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
  • Citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test in Sri Lanka at any private hospital. The average cost per test is 9,000-13,000 Sri Lankan Rupees (approximately $50-$70).
  • Test results are forwarded via e-mail.
  • The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health website contains information regarding the COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Sri Lanka approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Sri Lanka for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available in Sri Lanka to citizens and resident visa holders.
    • Six vaccination centers have been set up in Colombo for the public to get vaccinated. Colombo residents need to contact their area Ministry of Health officer or Public Health Inspector’s office and register for the vaccine, or they can go to the nearest center and wait to be vaccinated.
  • Which vaccines are available in Sri Lanka? Oxford Astra-Zeneca.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
  • On March 17, 2020 the government of Sri Lanka announced that all international airports in Sri Lanka would be closed to arriving international commercial passenger flights. The airport resumed limited arrivals for international passengers on January 21, 2021.
  • Cruise ship or private vessel passengers will not be allowed to disembark.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka, may apply for an extension. The Short Visit visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance. For more details, please visit immigration.gov.lk.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email ConsularColombo@state.gov.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
  • In case of an increase in cases, Sri Lankan authorities will enact short-notice curfews and travel restrictions.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
  • All arriving passengers are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine followed by an at-home 14-day self-isolation. Due to frequent changes, please check http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa for information about visa and tourism restrictions in Sri Lanka.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Non-compliance with host country rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, or other COVID-19 prevention measures may result in fines or arrests.

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy is currently providing routine American Citizen Services (i.e. passports, consular reports of birth abroad, notarial services).
  • The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka has resumed certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa services, including:
    • E, F, I, O, P, M, certain J categories (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor professor, research scholar, short-term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student and college/university student), and C1/D.
    • IR1, IR2, IR5, CR1, and CR2.
    • Applicants for H1B, H2B, L1, and J categories and their dependents.

Local Resources:

  • Travelers are encouraged to review information available at: