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Sri Lanka reopens international airport but not for those with India travel history

Sri Lanka on Tuesday reopened its worldwide airport right here for passengers within the midst of the present COVID-19 lockdown with the primary flight with 53 passengers touchdown from Qatar.

Nevertheless, these with a journey report to India and Vietnam during the last 14 days wouldn’t be allowed to disembark on the Colombo airport, stated a senior Civil Aviation official, P A Jayakantha.

The inner journey restrictions, which permit solely important providers, have been in impact from mid-Might and as a consequence of be lifted on June 7.

Jayakantha stated that the airport was re-opened at midnight for flights that are restricted to 75 passengers.

The primary flight, a Qatar Airways plane with 53 passengers, touched down on the Katunayake Worldwide Airport at 2 AM (native time) from Doha, Every day Mirror newspaper quoted an airport official as saying.

The airport would nonetheless stay shut for Indian and Vietnamese passengers, the official stated.

The ban additionally applies to Sri Lankans and different travellers who’ve stayed in India and Vietnam for the previous 14 days or who’ve used their airports for transit.

“We have now returned to the standing earlier than Might 21 when the flight ban was introduced,” Jayakantha stated.

Dhammika Wijesinghe, a high tourism official, stated that vacationers are welcome with strict adherence to COVID-19 well being pointers.

“They should bear a PCR (Polymerase Chain Response) take a look at three weeks earlier than arrival and do one other on arrival right here. They should stay in quarantine for 14 days earlier than they may step out to journey inland,” the official stated.

Chairman of Airport and Aviation Providers, Main Basic G A Chandrasiri instructed Colombo Gazette that six flights have arrived in Sri Lanka because the reopening of the airport at midnight.

He stated one flight arrived from Qatar, and the remaining flights have been operated by nationwide provider SriLankan Airways.

A complete of 569 passengers arrived within the six flights.

These native and overseas passengers have been directed to bear the necessary 14-day quarantine interval and two PCR assessments.

Passengers who’re identified and located unfavourable can be allowed to socialize in Sri Lanka, whereas others will probably be referred for additional medical remedy.

Sri Lanka, which is grappling with the third wave of infections, has recorded over 80,000 new infections since April 15.

The loss of life toll, which stood at 678 by April 30, elevated by over 750, recording an over 100 per cent soar by the top of Might, in response to well being officers.

The nation is at present observing inter-provincial journey restrictions in its effort to include the brand new surge.

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