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Airports to open for tourists, Lankans from January 21

Strict health guidelines to resume commercial flights

All international airports will be opened for foreign tourists and returning Sri Lankans from January 21 under strict health guidelines, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

The Minister said that he expects that the resumption of commercial and charter flight operations will be back to normal gradually by January 23. Addressing the media in Colombo yesterday, the Minister said this decision was taken as part of the Government’s programme of reviving the tourism industry in the country which was badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that nearly 3 million people are dependent on the tourism industry and they were adversely affected due to the pandemic.

“They were deprived of their livelihood since there were no tourist arrivals for about 10 months as a result of the closure of airports. Even though we open the country for tourists, the travel agencies which bring down tourists should strictly abide by the health guidelines. If any agency is proved to be violating those guidelines, they will be blacklisted and will not be allowed to bring down tourists again. We will update these health guidelines from time to time,” he added.