Open with restrictions

Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions

68.59% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 68.10% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from New Zealand need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.
Vaccinated visitors from New Zealand can enter Sri Lanka with a negative COVID-19 test result.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Sri Lanka for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Sri Lanka entry details and exceptions

Most travelers can enter Sri Lanka, but there are restrictions. Travelers must pay for COVID-19 insurance on their booking for a stay at a level1 Safe and Secure certified hotel. Insurance is $12 USD with coverage of up to USD $50,000 for up to 1 month.


Outgoing travel to Sri LankaTravelling from New Zealand to Sri Lanka

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Sri Lanka.

Details and exceptions

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure. Travelers with valid proof of COVID-19 infection in the past 3 months have the option to present a rapid antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure. All test results must be in English. Travelers under the age of 2 are exempted from this requirement.

Unvaccinated travelers must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Sri Lanka at a Ministry of Health approved lab at Katunayake, or at their Level 1 hotel/Quarantine hotel. This requirement does not apply to travelers under the age of 12 are exempted unless their parents test positive, travelers who are fully vaccinated and travelers with valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and have received 1 dose of a vaccine taken two weeks after recovery.

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors from New Zealand will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Sri Lanka.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Unvaccinated travelers must stay at Certified Safe and Secure L1 hotels for 14 days on arrival in Sri Lanka. Travelers must take a COVID-19 test on Day 1 and on Day 12 of quarantine and end quarantine on Day 14 if both results are negative. Travelers must take an exit COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test on Day 12 of their stay and they can leave the tourism bubble with a negative result on Day 14.

The requirement does not apply to unvaccinated travelers between 12 to 18 years old who are traveling with fully vaccinated parents may leave quarantine after receiving negative COVID-19 test results from Day 1 test, travelers who are fully vaccinated, travelers with valid proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months and have received 1 dose of a vaccine taken two weeks after recovery, and Sri Lankan and dual citizens and those with valid resident visas staying at a Quarantine Centre or Quarantine Hotel.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before arriving in Sri Lanka.


Return travelReturning to New Zealand from Sri Lanka

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Sri Lanka must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departure to New Zealand.

Details and exceptions

Exemptions apply to the following:

1. Children who are under two years of age.

2. Individuals who can present a medical certificate verifying they have been examined no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and have been determined to be unable to undertake a test for medical reasons but do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19

3. Individuals with past (recovered) cases of COVID-19 who have a positive 72 hour or less test result, but have a medical certificate for showing that the individual is no longer considered by a medical practitioner to be infectious with COVID-19

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Sri Lanka will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New Zealand.

Details and exceptions

Travelers to New Zealand from all countries, except eligible passengers from a quarantine-free travel zone (Niue and Cook Islands), must complete a 14-day stay in a managed isolation or quarantine facility.

Quarantine-free travel for Australian passengers are temporary suspended until further notice.

Documents
Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher

Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Sri Lanka

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Vaccinated visitors from New Zealand can enter Sri Lanka with a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated visitors from New Zealand need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.

  • Vaccinated visitors from New Zealand can enter Sri Lanka with a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from New Zealand need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Sri Lanka.

  • Travelers coming from New Zealand will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure.

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from New Zealand are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from New Zealand are required to isolate for 14 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Sri Lanka is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Sri Lanka are open with restrictions. Bars in Sri Lanka are open with restrictions.