PCR testing facility at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was declared open today and will commence testing from Saturday (25), Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said a short while ago.
Addressing the ceremony, he said the established PCR testing laboratory will issue reports in three hours for the tourists who arrive at the Katunayake International Airport.
At least 1,000 tourists arrive in the country every day, and each tourist will be charged US$40 by the Tourism Promotions Authority to direct them to the PCR tests at the airport, the Minister said.
This laboratory will be operated under the guidance and regulation of the Health Ministry using technology in line with the international standards.
According to the Minister, this will put an end to the mandatory hotel quarantine process. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G Kapila)
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