Travel in times of uncertainty
Keeping you inspired and informed as we navigate COVID-19 together
Each time the human race rallies in the face of adversity; we have attested our resourcefulness, our valour and, most of all, the aptitude to showcase the empathy that defines our humanity.
Sri Lanka has been under a continuous lockdown since March 24, a week after the first local victim of the pandemic was reported, which was key in controlling the community spread. An infection rate of approx. 2869 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 11 deaths in a population of over 21 million are comparatively very positive and amongst the lowest figures reported worldwide.
At present, the Government has relaxed the curfew as a means to revive the economic activities after the long layoff. The Public & Private Sector Companies were encouraged to re-open their offices with strict guidelines & regulations that are constantly monitored. The local media have stated that the Government plans a phased reopening of the economy, by fully lifting of curfew by June 2020.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has finalized a set of new protocols and procedures to do with ultimate guest safety to safeguard against COVID-19 for hotels, DMC`s and other partners, which will be implemented and standardized across the Sri Lankan tourism industry as a means of reassurance to future potential guests.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its Ayurveda treatments and healthy style of living. Most Sri Lankans consume Coriander & Tumeric water for the strengthening of immunity and we wish to introduce you to our traditional practices and are more than happy to share with the rest of the world. We also hope to welcome very soon “Longer” staying guests who would like to stay much longer than the traditional two week holiday and engage with and stay in some of our Wellness and Ayurveda Resorts and partake in the preventive and curative Ayurveda Treatments.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thoughts to those who have been affected. The spread of COVID-19 has yet again tested our resilience and the swiftly shifting situation has affected people, businesses, and economies everywhere. Though at present it is difficult not to be overwhelmed with impact on such a colossal scale, our thoughts go out to all those affected, whether in terms of health or their daily income.
This international health catastrophe has struck everyone immensely, therefore, we want to make certain your imminent travel plans are safe and assure you that we are dedicated to assisting our travellers in the best way that we can.
- Guidelines of Tourism Services with Health Protocols
Sri Lanka Tourism Guidelines For Safe, Secure & Progressive Resumption of Tourism Services with Health Protocols. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has released a road map with key criteria and steps for ‘Safe and Secure’ restoration of tourism activities amidst the presence of COVID-19.
- SL Tourism readies for post COVID-19 revival
Sri Lanka Tourism is currently working with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a three-stage strategy of situation assessment, impact assessment and road mapping, to help get tourism industry back on its feet.
- 11,389 tourists in Sri Lanka currently and Sri Lanka Tourism requests them to register with the recently launched “Tourist & Expatriate Support Center” website.
According to Immigration data, there are 11,389 tourists in the country as of 4th May and Sri Lanka Tourism extends an invitation to all the International Tourists and Expatriates to register at the “Tourist & Expatriate Support Center” website on www.register.sltda.gov.lk which provides live updates on COVID-19, essential travel information and assistance.
- All categories of visas of all foreigners currently in Sri Lanka will be extended till 12 May 2020.
According to the department of Immigration and Emigration with regard to the extension of visas for the Foreigners residing in Sri Lanka, the validity period of all types of Visas will be extended till 12th May 2020.