Sri Lanka drops Covid test rule for vaccinated Britons this week

Sri Lanka’s latest travel rules mean fully vaccinated Britons can visit during the holidays without Covid testing such as PCR and antigen testing


Sri Lanka is joining the list of countries vaccinated with Brits accessible without Covid check.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated against Covid will no longer have to undergo pre-travel PCR or antigen testing if they wish to visit Sri Lanka and see some the best places in the country.

Those with evidence of recent recovery from Covid will also be exempt from testing requirements.

Unvaccinated children 11 years of age and younger are allowed to be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent. If a child under 18 has received a dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling, they will be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

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Unvaccinated travelers can still visit Sri Lanka, but they will have to have a negative PCR test result done within 72 hours of travel or a negative antigen test done within 48 hours of arrival. Upon arrival in Sri Lanka you will need to stay in the Tourism Bio Bubble for at least seven days and take a Covid test – a negative result means you will be able to use your hotel facilities and visit the sites approved travel.

Regardless of immunization status, all travelers must fill out an online form prior to travel and meet the requirements for mandatory Covid-19 travel insurance.

An elephant roams in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka


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In recent weeks, several holiday hotspots have begun easing travel restrictions.

Dubai, Greece, Portugal and France have eliminated pre-travel PCR tests for vaccinated Britons, Canada has loosening the testing rules to allow travelers to opt for an alternative antigen test, and Tunisia quarantine rules removed.

Iceland went a step further when remove all its Covid entry rulesmake it one of the three countries without any Covid travel rules for the British.

Meanwhile, Vietnam is set up to welcome back to those on vacation three months earlier than planned, while New Zealand will operate phased reopening of its borders with the majority of Britons likely to return in a fourth step, which will take place ‘no later than July’.

UK’s own Travel rules have also changed, with key changes meaning fully vaccinated Britons do not need to take any Covid tests, while self-isolation has ended for those who have not been vaccinated. (The latter will still need to be tested for Covid before and after arrival, possibly PCR or antigen testing).

Travel rules can change quickly during a pandemic. Always check the Foreign Affairs Office’s latest travel advice for destinations before booking or traveling.

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