Sri Lanka opens for quarantine-free “bubble” tourism

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Sri Lanka is allowing foreigners to enter under “bio bubbles” during their first two weeks on arrival.

Since January, the Southeast Asian nation has waived quarantine requirements for leisure travelers, allowing them to leave the confines of their hotel rooms, subject to a number of restrictions.

This includes staying at approved Covid-safe properties, having insurance coverage, testing regularly for Covid-19, and refraining from interacting with locals, according to CNBC.

While travelers are not permitted to leave their hotels during the initial “bio bubble” period, they will be able to visit approved tourist sites at designated times. Travel to the attractions will need to take place via a travel agent or hotel-arranged independent transportation.

Authorities in Sri Lanka have certified 98 Covid-safe hotels, including properties in the capital of Colombo and resort town of Bentota, to host foreign travelers for the first two weeks. All hotel facilities, such as beaches and swimming pools, will be available for use.

Doctors will also be stationed onsite to monitor the health of staff and guests, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s guidelines.

Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando told CNBC that over 3,800 travelers have taken advantage of the opportunity since the country reopened its borders on January 21.

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