Sri Lanka Opens For Fully Vaccinated Indian Travellers
With the onset of pandemic, several international borders were closed for safety purposes and free movement was restricted. The coronavirus spread rapidly and globally which was why closing borders were necessary to prevent an outbreak. The pandemic instigated lockdowns in several places and halted tourism. Sri Lanka’s economy is largely dependent on tourism and it had to go through a really tough time. Not only has Sri Lanka, but global tourism also faced challenging times because of the pandemic. As vaccination drives are now gaining momentum worldwide after a year-long struggle, international borders are opening up for tourists who are fully vaccinated. Sri Lanka is implementing protocols and planning accordingly to allow tourists to visit the country.
Fully vaccinated tourists from India will be able to travel to Sri Lanka. This applies to the people who have taken either Covishield or Covaxin doses. There are a huge number of people who have completed only the first dose of the COVID vaccine. But, they will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka as per the latest travel guidelines. It is compulsory to show a valid final vaccine certificate. However, you must also note that fully vaccinated passengers will have to show a negative PCR test report that has been conducted 72 hours before arrival as well as an on-arrival test report at any certified hotel.
Sri Lankan Airlines will operate four flights to India every week and look forward to a significant increase in the frequency of flights. Sri Lanka has one of the highest vaccination rates in Asia, owing to the huge vaccination drive that was carried out in the last few months. For children who are below 18, travelling with fully vaccinated parents is permitted. They will require a second test to be done if staying over 10 days.
These are some precautionary measures taken by the paradise island to open up for tourists again. It offers you a chance to explore the country and get lost in nature and wilderness. During your visit to Sri Lanka, here are a few key points you must note:
Sri Lanka is known for its sea, safari and scenic views. Indian tourists have been assured of ultimate luxury, hospitality and safety during their journey. You must read the guidelines in detail before travelling to Sri Lanka. Further, the country has a rich historical and cultural background. Here, you can have a look at the beautiful flora and fauna of the beautiful island, visit Royal Botanic garden to see the biodiversity and go to the extraordinary capital city, Colombo to witness the Dutch heritage.
In Colombo, you can enjoy a walking tour of the vibrant city, explore the Pettah Floating market and savour the delicious street food. Take a detour from the city and visit Arugam Bay Beach or get lost in the wild at Dehiwala Zoo. The city is also full of natural and man-made wonders. You can visit Colombo National Museum to discover more about the past. Check out the giant Buddha statue and go shopping in and around the city. The coastal city of Sri Lanka, the Galle fort and stadium are popular sites among travellers. You must also remember to offer prayers at temples in Sri Lanka. In order to make the most of your tour, visit the country between the months of December and March for a pleasant stay.
As the COVID situation begins to get under control, more and more people are making travel plans, especially with travel restrictions easing out for fully vaccinated people. A vacation is long due for all of us, so you might take a quick trip to Sri Lanka from India to de-clutter your mind and find some relief from the monotonous life. This seems like your opportunity to reset and it is still critical to follow travel guidelines. As children are not vaccinated yet, you might want to think again if travelling with them is safe. Consider all the risks while planning your holiday and you must make safety a priority.
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