Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Hotels in the dark over new guidelines

● Health DG issues amended guidelines ● Some Level 1 hotels say not formally informed ● No PCR for children below 12 years


Some Safe and Secure Level 1 hotels were in the dark last night over updated travel guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health which came into effect from today. Director-general of Health Asela Gunawarden­a issued updated health guidelines last night for travellers.

The updated guidelines were issued after Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwell­a announced earlier last evening that fully vaccinated passengers, both local and foreign, who arrive in Sri Lanka with a negative PCR report will not be required to undergo an on-arrival Day 1 PCR test.

As per the updated travel guidelines, unvaccinat­ed children below 12 years of age will not require a PCR test after arriving in Sri Lanka.

The Director-general said that the amended guidelines will be valid for travellers arriving in Sri Lanka from today (29th) till 31st October and those already in Sri Lanka.

The on-arrival PCR test was being carried out at Safe and Secure Level 1 hotels and quarantine hotels.

Officials at some hotels told Daily Mirror last night that Tourism officials had yet to formally inform them about the updated guidelines.

As a result, they said that hotel bookings made by fully vaccinated travellers scheduled to arrive at their hotels over the next few days for the Day 1 PCR test have not been cancelled.

The hotel authoritie­s said that they and the travellers are not prepared to take a risk considerin­g the confusion already created over the PCR testing at the airport.

The government had opened a Day 1 PCR testing facility at the Katunayake airport last week but temporaril­y suspended the service after several issues arose.

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