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COVID-19: Sri Lanka shuts borders to international travelers

The country will remain open to transit passengers if their plane takes off from Sri Lanka’s airports no later than 12 hours after landing.

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Colombo: Sri Lankan Government on Thursday decided to suspend entry of foreign travelers into the island nation for a 10-day period as the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All international Airports in Sri Lanka will not permit disembarking passengers into Sri Lanka with effect from 2359hrs [18:29 GMT] on 21 May 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) until 2359hrs on 31 May 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) with a view to control the Covid-19 situation in the Country,” the Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement today.

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The country will remain open to transit passengers if their plane takes off from Sri Lanka’s airports no later than 12 hours after landing.

Apart from this, the departure of international flights as well as the arrival of cargo and humanitarian planes will be permitted.

Sri Lanka is currently battling the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sri Lanka on Wednesday, saw an all-time record of 3,623 infections.

The South Asian nation has so far registered more than 151,000 cases and 1,051 corona virus related deaths.

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