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Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that attention is being paid to resume flights between Sri Lanka and India in accordance with health guidelines and within an air travel bubble.

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka has submitted a proposal to the External Affairs Ministry and the Tourism Ministry in this regard.

The Minister said that both countries are focused on implementing the health guidelines issued by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has so far issued guidelines with regard to inbound and outbound air passengers and the Indian High Commissioner has suggested to the Government that the project could be launched if an agreement is reached.

Accordingly, the Minister said, he hopes to discuss this proposal with the health authorities of the country and the COVID-19 Prevention Committee soon.

Meanwhile, the latest report released by the Tourism Development Authority states that 1,682 tourists visited the country during the month of January.

The country was opened to tourists on January 21 after the Covid-19 epidemic.

According to the report, tourists from Ukraine, Belarus and China visited Sri Lanka during this period.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 8

  • Mm Wednesday, 10 February 2021 07:42 PM

    Only nation that won’t allow its own citizens to come in freely even if they agree to adhering to covid regulations!

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:00 PM

    That is because our government assumes the tourists are going to unload lots of money once they arrive in our country

    Indian Wednesday, 10 February 2021 07:46 PM

    Follow UK guide lines and establish travel between Jaffna I A and Thiruchinapalli and Chennai.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:36 PM

    Big disaster. Let us wait for the third wave.

    Chris Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:38 PM

    Bubbles not effective, they burst. Allow people with vaccine certificate only

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:03 PM

    We get these cheap tourists to come on a budget and they go and vandalize in our hotels. Reference to the Ukrainians at Bentota Taj hotel.

    Vigensh Wednesday, 10 February 2021 10:17 PM

    Thanks you !! Now students can travel for education between two countries !!

    CharmJ Thursday, 11 February 2021 02:00 AM

    Let the tourists from UK and EU come. 1600 tourists from China Belarus and Ukraine won’t be much of help to the country!


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