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A Russian tour group has been granted permission to visit Sri Lanka and will be the first batch of tourists to enter country after the reopening of the airport on December 26, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CASL) Chairman Upul Dharmadasa said.

He said this Russian tour group consists of more than 200 people, will be the first to arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and at the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) respectively.

Mr. Dharmadasa said the airport authorities and the travel agents have been informed of this and instructed to take necessary actions, such as disinfecting the airport premises, organising customs and immigration formalities, hotels reservations by travel agents and arrange buses for the tourists. (T.K.G. Kapila)


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  • Sashi Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:00 PM

    What if tourists have not had PCR tests prior to departure from their countries? We all know about the arrogance of some tourists and disregard of our laws.

    SarangaDS Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:04 PM

    In their hurry to open to tourists, will the tourism agency take responsibility for increased spread of Covid 19 and potential deaths?

    Dee Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:14 PM

    Ah! The bookings taken in September!

    Happy Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:14 PM

    "From Russia with love"

    Esther Cohen, Europe Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:19 PM

    Here it is considered very irresponsible and selfish to travel for tourist purposes. I understand Sri Lanka is graving for tourists, but we just can not take the risk. And in Russia there are a lot of Covid 19 positives as well. Please protect Sri Lanka

    REX Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:22 PM

    Negative PCR tests should be checked by Sri Lankan ground staff before tourists board plane to Sri Lanka.

    Roshan Wijewardene Sunday, 20 December 2020 01:53 PM

    Russians? What about tourists from other countries that want to visit? What is so special about the Russians? There is something very fishy about all this!

    Agnes Lilleihook Sunday, 20 December 2020 02:23 PM

    What about the dual citizans

    G abe Sunday, 20 December 2020 02:24 PM

    Soon the third wave will come from Europe to our country, it's more aggressive and spreads faster but I guess hotels need money right, the community doesnt matter just the fat cats

    Asking for trouble Sunday, 20 December 2020 02:32 PM

    Get ready for another Covid-19 outbreak. Call it wave 4. The hospitals will be chock full of patients and you will not know what hit you.

    Saman Sunday, 20 December 2020 02:55 PM

    What a stupid decision???. What is wrong with these people?. The 3 countries that controlled corona to date very well, in Asia announced air ports will open in End March or April (subject to reschedule). With rising corona cases we're opening our air ports. Good Luck!!!

    lanakan Sunday, 20 December 2020 02:57 PM

    Quarantine Rules for Sri Lankan Only.

    Seb Sunday, 20 December 2020 04:05 PM

    Too bad I'm not Russian... Would have loved to come

    Moulan Monday, 21 December 2020 12:22 AM

    We need $$$$ not Rubel.

    MUNAS Monday, 21 December 2020 01:08 AM

    100% STUPID THING

    Diana Monday, 21 December 2020 05:40 AM

    The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! Wonder why they would want come here at this point in time with covid spreading. Organized by Udayanga? Something stinks.

    Sambo Monday, 21 December 2020 07:29 AM

    What ever decisions taken by are politicians are dumb. They have never made a good decision as to knowledge.

    Ranjan Gurusighe Monday, 21 December 2020 10:31 AM

    Believe me those tourists will bring new strains of virus. If that happens it will be a total disaster . No country in the world will not open their borders if they have not controlled the spread. There are only forty plus Covid people in New Zealand. All are imported ones in managed isolation. Still their borders are closed. Be careful

    Ranjan Gurusighe Monday, 21 December 2020 11:04 AM

    Do you know Russia is sitting at number 4 Covid positive position after USA, Brazil and India . Almost 3 million and over 50,000 deaths , these are official John Hopkins University figures. I'm certain authorities in Sri Lanka are aware of this. Why do they put the country and people are at a risk. You never know those tourists might bring new variants of virus.


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