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 (72 hours) of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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.
• Due to a recent increase in cases, the government of Sri Lanka has enacted 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.
• Health officers of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) have begun conducting random Rapid Antigen Tests across Colombo city and will continue until further notice. Public Health Inspectors will continue to conduct random tests on those leaving the Western Province and on those living in congested areas and high-rise buildings such as apartment complexes in Colombo.
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
• Has the government of Sri Lanka approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes. Currently Oxford-AstraenicaCOVISHIELD is the only vaccine approved.
• The United States 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.
• COVID-19 vaccines are currently unavailable in Sri Lanka to the general public.
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.
• Visas on arrival have been suspended. All arriving passengers must be in possession of a valid visa before traveling.
• Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Intermittent. Limited travel restrictions may be enacted at short-notice.
• 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.
• Visitors are required to show a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours, prior to boarding a flight to Sri Lanka.
• Are commercial flights operating? Yes. Commercial flights are operating for outbound passengers and limited arrivals.
• The U.S. Embassy is currently providing routine American Citizen Services (i.e. passports, consular reports of birth abroad, notarial services).
• As of August 21, the United States 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 certain J categories and their dependents covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here.
• Travelers are encouraged to review information available at:
• You are encouraged to visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.
• Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.