COLOMBO, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) — The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said Friday the country does not require a minimum number of days for tourists to stay in the island country within the “Bio Bubbles” introduced by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), local media reported.
SLTDA Chairperson Kimarli Fernando, when participating in the virtual “Hello Again – Sri Lanka tourism awareness session” to announce the re-opening of Sri Lanka for international tourists, said Sri Lanka is “safe and exciting even during the pandemic.”
“While staying in a secure level 1 hotel recognized by Sri Lanka Tourism, or multiple hotels if needed within the ‘Bio Bubble’, they could use all the facilities of the hotels including Spa, the pool and the restaurants and visit tourist sites within the bubble,” Fernando said, adding that these level 1 hotels provide accommodation “exclusively for international tourists.”
“After an initial 14 days of the stay within the ‘Bio Bubble’, travelers will be able to exit from it at any time subject to having a negative PCR test and be able to interact with the local community,” she said.
However, she said, “The tourists are required to undergo several PCR tests during their stay.”
Sri Lanka fully reopened its borders to tourists and international arrivals from all countries on Jan. 21 after a closure for nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourists are now allowed to visit the South Asian country under strict health guidelines after fulfilling the requirements by the tourism ministry.