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COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Requirements for Sri Lanka Trips

Updated June 13, 2022

This information applies to all Sri Lanka Wildlife & Cultural Treasures trips.

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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS As of January 1, 2022, all guests 5 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated guests should upload their vaccination card to their Adventure Portal prior to departure. In addition, you should travel with your original vaccination card.  Guests must have received their last (full) vaccination dose at least 14 days prior to the day of arrival into Sri Lanka. All vaccines recognized by the WHO or countries with mutual recognition of vaccine certificates with Sri Lanka are accepted.

COVID-19 TESTING

  • All guests are required to arrive at the start of their trip with verification of a negative COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. This test should be an official FDA and/or CDC-approved test. No other type of test will be accepted.
  • Your test must be administered within 72 hours of your departure time of the departing flight (connecting flight) that actually arrives into Colombo, Sri Lanka, not your origination flight from your home city (unless you do not have a connecting flight).
  • If the acronym PCR is not listed on your documentation, in order to validate your results you must also supply a letter written by a physician that includes a stamp or signature indicating that it is indeed a PCR test. 
  • Be sure to have your test results before arriving to the airport. Bring a printed copy of these results with an electronic copy as back-up. 
  • When you check in for your first flight, you must present your PCR test result (paper or electronic proof) that includes:
  • Traveler name and date of birth

    Name and address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test

    The date on which the test was conducted

    The time of which the test was conducted

    The type of test conducted

    The test result (it usually says “negative”)


  • You must show proof of your test results even if you:
  • Have tested negative for COVID-19 before the 72-hour period

    Have been vaccinated for COVID-19

    Recovered from COVID-19 and no longer test positive


We also recommend double-checking your test and on-board mask requirements with the airline you are using to travel abroad. If you have booked back-to-back trips with Nat Hab, our staff will facilitate any testing required for the start of your second trip. Associated testing fees will be added to your tour invoice.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY
1. Copy of Original Vaccination Card
Guests should carry a copy of their original vaccination card, as they may be asked to present this document to officials upon arrival to the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

2. Health Declaration Form
All guests are required to fill out and submit a Health Declaration Form, which is accessed via the Bandaranaike International Airport online portal, which can be found here: https://airport.lk/health_declaration/index.

When asked for your address and telephone number in Sri Lanka, please list the following:

&Beyond Lanka
303/1 R.M. De Mel Mawatha
Colombo 02
Tel: +94 11 597 0121

Once you complete and submit this form, a copy of the form will be emailed back to you, including a QR code. You can save this form/code to your phone as you will be asked to scan the QR code on arrival in Colombo. We also recommend printing this form and carrying the copy with you.

3. Purchase Mandatory Local Insurance
All guests are required to purchase local insurance coverage prior to travel, which costs approximately $12 USD per person. Please visit https://portal.pionline.lk/covidinsurance to register and procure your insurance. You will need to upload a PDF copy of your vaccination card during the registration process (it must be saved as a PDF, as no other document format will be accepted). You should receive a copy of your insurance policy via email approximately 24 hours prior to your departure. Please print a copy of this document in order to present to immigration authorities upon arrival in Colombo. 

4. Passenger Information Report (PIR) - not applicable for all airlines
You may receive an email from your specific airline that contains a link to fill out and submit a Passenger Information Report (PIR) online. If this is required by your airline, you will need to complete this form prior to your departure. If you receive a copy of this completed form, we recommend printing it and carrying the copy with you.

Upon Arrival in Sri Lanka:

  • Thermal screening will be performed on all travelers at the airport.
  • Your negative PCR test results and Health Declaration Form will be checked at the Health Counter in the Arrivals terminal.
  • To increase safety on our trips and reduce the risk of possible COVID-19 exposure, Nat Hab will be facilitating a rapid test on Day 1 of your adventure prior to meeting the group. Our local representative will provide more details upon arrival. This will be at no additional charge to you.
  • Please note even if you are traveling with proof of recovery, you will still need to test negative on our Day 1 test.

At Trip End:

RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES
Starting June 12, 2022, a negative COVID-19 test to re-enter the U.S. is no longer required. This government mandate is reevaluated every 90 days. If you require a COVID-19 test for your home country or onward travels, we will be happy to help direct you towards resources for obtaining the required test, though you will need to arrange and pay for the test on your own.

For more information about the CDC’s current requirements, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

FLIGHTS
Some airlines, depending upon the country you are departing from and/or the country you are connecting through, may require a COVID-19 test prior to your flight’s departure. Please be sure to research your airline’s requirements for your specific flight routing. If you will require testing, please let our Adventure Concierge team know prior to departure so they can direct you to resources to book your own test.

We also recommend double-checking your on-board mask requirements with the airline you are using to travel abroad.

EXTENDING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY
If you have booked an extension through Nat Hab to another country, Nat Hab will facilitate any testing required for entry into that country. Please see your extension itinerary for specific details.
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