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No restrictions for transit passengers:

Arrivals from India suspended

Health Ministry directive to control COVID:

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka has suspended the entry of all passenger arrivals from India to Sri Lanka effective from Wednesday night (05).

However, speaking to the Daily News, CAA spokesman Rayhan Wanniappa said that there were no restrictions on transit passengers at the BIA. He also said that there were no restrictions on departures from Sri Lanka to any city in India. The decision has been taken on a directive of the Health Ministry.

The Director General of Civil Aviation in a letter to all Airlines yesterday said: “In accordance with instructions situation it is hereby directed that passengers travelling from India will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka with immediate effect. The aforementioned restriction will be reviewed as early as possible based on instructions from local Health authorities”.

Sri Lanka it was reported had been used as a transit hub for Indians visiting other destinations like West Asia and Singapore prior to which they needed to be quarantined for 14 days.

Several countries like the UK, the UAE, Australia and Singapore have already banned travellers from India as well as several other South Asian countries.

As of yesterday, India had reported 412,262 new cases and 3,980 deaths within a 24 hour period. India had become the first country in the world to register over 400,000 infections in a single day on April 30, having recorded 408,000 infections.