Sri Lanka to halt passenger arrivals for ten days

20 May 2021 by Business Traveller India
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will halt passenger arrivals for ten days, starting from May 21, 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority said in the latest statement.

“This is to inform all online and offline carriers that all international Airports in Sri Lanka will not permit disembarking passengers into Sri Lanka with effect from 2359 hours on May 21, 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) until 2359 hours on May 31, 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) with a view to control the Covid-19 situation in the country,” said the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.

However, during the above-mentioned period, aircraft departures with passengers originating from BIA (Bandaranaike International Airport) and MRIA (Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport) will be permitted. Likewise, passengers transiting at BIA/ MRIA for less than 12 hours with a confirmed ticket destined to an onward destination will be allowed during the period.

BIA tweeted:

Emergency diversions to BIA, MRIA; freighter operations and humanitarian flights to BIA, MRIA; technical landings at  BIA, MRIA and inbound ferry flights (without passengers at  BIA, MRIA) will be permitted.

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