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Sri Lanka Removes Vaccination PCR Test

Sri Lanka Removes Vaccination PCR Test for fully-vaccinated travellers. Travelers visiting Sri Lanka who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to submit proof of a negative Covid-19 pre-departure test starting on Tuesday (1 March).

On Monday, Captain Themiya Abeywickrama, director general of Sri Lanka’s civil aviation authority, stated that the country’s Covid-19 travel rules had been eased for the second time in as many months (28 February).

As the number of COVID cases continues to decline and communities throughout the globe learn to live with the coronavirus, more and more nations are opening their doors to foreign travelers. One travel criterion that is being relaxed is the pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Travelers must have received a complete, recommended course of a recognized Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their arrival in order to be considered fully vaccinated upon arrival.

When children between the ages of 12 and 18 get a single dose of a recognized Covid-19 vaccine delivered at least 14 days before to arrival, they will qualify as completely vaccinated in the same manner that adults do, which means they will not be required to undergo a pre-departure test.

Children under the age of 12 will no longer be needed to test negative for Covid-19 before to departure, regardless of whether or not they have had a vaccine.

Those who can demonstrate that they have recovered from Covid-19 between seven days and six months previous to arrival, as well as those who have received at least one dose of a recognized Covid-19 vaccination, will be excused from any pre-departure testing requirements.

According to Abeywickrama, “the traveler must have credible records to verify prior history of Covid-19 infection, such as a diagnostic card, positive PCR or antigen test result,” among other things.

The results of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 done up to 72 hours before to departure or a negative antigen test taken up to 48 hours prior to departure will be needed for all other travelers aged 12 and above who have not had a complete vaccination series.

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