8 th June 2020
After maintain strict preventive measures to control spreading of Coronavirus, Sri
Lanka are planning to reopen tourism industry only in August. Before reopening
the industry government will announce strict guidelines, protocols including
multiple coronavirus tests during their stay.
In Sri Lanka, tourism was just recovering from the effects of last year’s Easter
Sunday bomb incident that killed 279 people, including 45 foreigners. Again the
industry was badly affected by the coronavirus that halted international travel to
the island and forced hotels to shut, leaving ten thousands of people jobless.
Tourism ministry said that travelers will be able to visit from August 1, but they
must carry a COVID-19 free certificate issued not earlier than 72 hours before
boarding. Even with this document, tourists will have to retake a virus test at the
Sri Lanka has reported 11 deaths and 1,801 infections since its first coronavirus
patient was identified on January 27. The number of visitors to Sri Lanka dropped
to 1.91 million last year, while previous year record was 2.33 million.