Vietnam arrivals removed from Sri Lanka ban list

 Vietnam arrivals removed from Sri Lanka ban list

A security officer wearing protective gear at Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka, January 20, 2021. Photo by Reuters.

Sri Lanka has removed the ban on travelers from Vietnam and is again allowing entry for them since July 17.

Countries still in the banned list are India, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Fully vaccinated travelers from Vietnam can visit Sri Lanka now and spend only one day in quarantine. They are required to take a PCR test on arrival and isolate themselves at designated sites until the test returns negative.

However, people not fully vaccinated will be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days.

Visitors can choose from between hotels and government-run quarantine facilities.

Sri Lanka, which has had nearly 280,000 infections and 3,779 deaths, had banned entry for visitors from Vietnam since June 1.

The highly transmissible Delta variant has become the most prevalent in many countries, including Vietnam where most new cases are linked to it.

Several other countries have been banning and imposing stricter quarantine measures for travelers from Vietnam.

Vietnam has recorded 52,164 infections in its ongoing fourth wave of Covid, which began on April 27 and has been its most challenging so far.

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