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Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said, despite the current Covid situation, airport operations and tourist arrivals will continue as per recommendations of the health authorities.

He said that no decision has been taken so far to restrict the repatriation of the Sri Lankans who are stranded abroad due to escalating Covid infections.

"As per the instructions of the Health authorities, all those arrive in Sri Lanka at the Airport are being subject to PCR test. As the result of that  we have identified infected cases and ensured that they do not  mingle with the society" he said.

He said the number of infected people arrive from abroad has increased in recent times due to the large number of migrant workers were flown in.

The Minister said, so far they have brought tourists into the country in a safer manner.

 "If a tourist who came to Sri Lanka found to have been infected, he/she would be prevented from socializing. However, at present there is a lull in tourist arrivals. Nevertheless, we continue to follow the advice of the health sector,” he said.

He said that with the emergence of a third wave of Covid around the world, there is a restriction on tourist travel.

Minister Ranatunga said restricting tourist arrivals could affect the country's economy. "However, the President always advises to do what the country deserves. That is exactly what we do," he said.

Meanwhile, the minister said so far no decision has been taken to change the opportunity that is given to Sri Lankans living abroad to arrive the country.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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  • Idiotboy Sunday, 25 April 2021 02:10 PM

    Incorrigible Nation

    Barney Sunday, 25 April 2021 03:29 PM

    Let's wait for the horse to bolt so we can promptly close the barn door..

    Joshua Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:18 PM

    You screw the economy and then we public have to pay for it as you keep the airport open. What kind of a minister are you? go back to school ask your teacher whether your theory has any bearing.

    European Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:32 PM

    We stay at home. Do you know there is a pandemy?

    vince Sunday, 25 April 2021 05:56 PM

    Yes Prasanna, Covid spread and deaths will continue unabated thanks to you and the rest of the idiots in Ditawannawa.

    Nimal Sunday, 25 April 2021 09:08 PM

    They need an excuse for the next election. They need young blood to save the bankrupted country due to 'Covid', nothing else ok.

    Peacemaker Sunday, 25 April 2021 10:01 PM

    Gota and rajapaksa henchmen will only stop after killing all the Sri Lankans

    DDT Sunday, 25 April 2021 11:16 PM

    Yeah, we will import more types of COVID until all the Sri Lankans are destroyed once and for all.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Monday, 26 April 2021 12:46 AM

    The organic bubble should be abolished. Change the entry regulations for 19 vaccinated tourists.

    FF Monday, 26 April 2021 09:20 AM

    PERMIT ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN BOTH DOSES OF THE VACCINE. SHUT THE DOORS TO OTHER TOURISTS. REPATRIATE OUR LANKANS ASAP

    Anthony. R Monday, 26 April 2021 11:46 AM

    "Corona " Tourism. Aney Bang "Tikiri Mole " oh what Nation, God save us from the idiots.


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