Sri Lanka lifts the ban on passengers from Gulf countries

Today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) has lifted the ban imposed on passenger arrival from Gulf countries.

The decision was taken based on the instructions got from the Ministry of Health and the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO).

The CAASL yesterday issued a statement stating that anyone with a travel history within the past 14 days to Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, had been restricted with effect from 12.00 midnight on July 1, 2021.

According to the instructions received from the Health Ministry, all arriving passengers must have a negative PCR test obtained within 96 hours prior to departure. The airline has to ensure this before boarding passengers. Antigen tests cannot be accepted as a pre-departure test for boarding while a PCR test must be presented to a government approved hospital/laboratory in the respective country with a QR Code/Bar Code, Daily Mirror reported. 

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