As concern regarding the new Coronavirus grows every day, travellers have been postponing their travel plans across the globe. A lot of this anxiety, however, is created from the lack of information or rather misinformation that is floating across the internet. With governments around the world taking active measures to control and contain the virus, your travel plans don’t necessarily have to be on hold. Here’s all that you need to know based on actual current facts.
Current situation in Sri Lanka
The local government is monitoring the situation closely and has taken concrete measures to strengthen the detection and management at all departure and arrival points. Working closely with the Tourism and Health Ministries, steps are already taken to create awareness on the outbreak to combat the spread of the Coronavirus within all tourist hotspots of the country, addressing the question arising in the travel community whether Sri Lanka is affected by Coronavirus.
So far, though, there has been only 1 identified case of Chinese nationality who was under strict supervision, and since then has been discharged post full recovery. Since then there have been no new cases have been identified making Sri Lanka is safe for travel in 2020. Also for people keen on travelling to Sri Lanka for honeymoon or with their families, Sri Lanka is a safe destination to travel.
Measures have also been put in place to ensure that carriers of the coronavirus cannot enter the country via Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). 24-hour monitoring is conducted by the airport staff including body temperature screening machines to detect the virus with the assistance of the Health and Indigenous Medicine Services Ministry and Sri Lanka Army medical teams. A separate exit terminal has also been set up from the airport for passengers arriving from China.
Sri Lanka travel advisory
The government has requested all tourists arriving from China and the region to monitor their health closely for two weeks upon entering Sri Lanka and seek medical attention promptly in case of any symptoms. All Visa on Arrivals from China have been suspended as of today.
They have also been vigilant enough to ensure all its citizens and tourists alike are looked upon at this time and set up a 24*7 helpline for any clarifications: (+94) 710 107 107 / (+94) 113 071 073
Know before you go
- Talk to your doctor before travelling, especially if you are travelling with children.
- Avoid all high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets or surfaces with animal droppings and secretions on them.
- If you do come in contact with animals or animal products, avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes till you have properly sanitized yourself.
- Monitor your health closely and keep a distance from sick people especially if they have fever or breathing difficulties
- Follow the local advisories
- Check with your travel insurance company about how your specific policy covers the situation in case of an emergency
- Due to increased screening measures at airports and border crossings, keep sufficient lead time while travelling
- If you feel sick while travelling to or from Sri Lanka, contact the nearest embassy, consulate or your airline crew as a precaution and advise them of your travel history
Flynote cares for its customers
Please be assured that Flynote values and prioritises its customers’ safety over everything else. We are trying our best to determine the safest and most convenient resolve for the current situation. You can reach out to us for any concerns regarding your travel in the meanwhile.