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VISA and Covid19 Guide
What is a 'Safe and Secure' Level 1 hotel?

The 'Safe and Secure' certification is awarded to the hotels (Hotel Refresh Blue) by Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority (SLTDA) and establishments that have met all COVID-19 Health Protocols and are committed to maintaining the highest health and safety standards at all times.

Who are 'Fully Vaccinated' travellers?

Travellers who have received two doses of WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine.

What are the booking requirements for 'Fully Vaccinated' travellers?

01. Prior to boarding,

  1. Make a booking via hotel web (13.6% discounted) or any other booking channel. ex: booking.com. Please note that we have two hotels in Hikkaduwa. "Refresh Hotel" and "Hotel Refresh Blue - Level-1". Traveler can stay anyone of these two hotels.
  2. Get an online visa. All visas must be applied online through www.eta.gov.lk.
  3. No need booking reference number from hotel to apply visa or covid19 insurance.
  4. Complete Health Declaration Form. It is mandatory. A separate form should be submitted for each of the accompanying children (if any). Visit here to fill it. www.airport.lk.
  5. No need to be subjected to an on-arrival PCR test. However traveler has to bring Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation (Applicable to all travellers excluding children below 2 years).
  6. COVID-19 Local Insurance cover is not mandatory.
  7. Fully vaccinated travelers if accompanied by not-vaccinated/not-fully vaccinated children of 12-18 years, pay for on-arrival PCR test at USD 40 per test and mandatory Covid19 insurance fee of 12USD per person. Ttravellers can visit www.visitsrilanka.gov.lk. to pay online for them in advance.
  8. Fully vaccinated travellers if accompanied by not-vaccinated/not-fully vaccinated children, (all age groups) ensure that the comprehensive travel insurance is extended to cover the children adequately as the Government of Sri Lanka will not bear any costs resulting.

02. At the airport produce the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation (Applicable to all travellers excluding children below 2 years).
  2. Original vaccination certificate / card (together with a certified copy of English language translation if the certificate / card is not in English or if relevant data are not indicated in English).
  3. QR code received via email after registering the mandatory "Health Deceleration Form". It is mandatory. If not already registered, please visit here to register. www.airport.lk.

03. Accommodation & Airport transfers

  1. Fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to make their own arrangements for airport transfers and local transportation.
  2. However, advised to use safe and secure trnsfortation to ensure the health and safety
What should do travellers who have not completed two weeks after the vaccination ?
  1. Travellers who are vaccinated, yet not completed 2 weeks from the recommended doses of vaccination will be entitled for a shorter flexible bio-bubble period as below;
  2. Travellers will undergo the Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test on the completion of 14 days from the recommended doses of vaccination and upon negative PCR test results,they will leave the bio-bubble.
  3. Children below 12 years are exempted from Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests and can be released with the parent
  4. Children of 12 - 18 years shall perform Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests on similar dates as their parents' and should have negative results.
  5. However, if the exit PCR test result of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID-19, the child will also be subjected to PCR test subsequently.
  6. After verifying the status of vaccination and the completion of 2-weeks of the recommended doses of vaccination and negative Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen tests results, the respective Safe & Secure L1 Hotel doctor / in charge will issue a “Discharge Document’’ and release the travellers from bio-bubble.
***Thats it for fully vaccinated travelers****
Who are 'Not-- Vaccinated / Not-- Fully Vaccinated' travellers?
  1. Travellers who have not received COVID-19 vaccination, nor completed the recommended doses of vaccination (not-fully vaccinated) and/or departed from abroad within less than 2 weeks of completion of recommended doses of vaccination will be considered as not-vaccinated or not-fully-vaccinated travellers.
What are the booking requirements for 'Not-- Vaccinated / Not-- Fully Vaccinated" travelers?

01. Prior to boarding :

  1. Make a booking to "Hotel Refresh Blue" (Level - 1) via hotel web (13.6% discounted) or any other booking channel. ex: booking.com. Please note that we have two hotels in Hikkaduwa. "Refresh Hotel" and "Hotel Refresh Blue - Level-1". Traveler should book only the "Hotel Refresh Blue".
  2. Use this link to collect data to send for board of tourism to confirm your VISA application Please use this link to send your data to hotel. Data Collection Form.
  3. After completion of above step, we will send you "booking reference number" which is required to enter your VISA application form when you fill it.
  4. All visas must be applied online through www.eta.gov.lk.
  5. Complete Health Declaration Form. It is mandatory. A separate form should be submitted for each of the accompanying children (if any). Visit here to fill it. www.airport.lk.
  6. Visit www.visitsrilanka.gov.lk. to pay for the mandatory COVID 19 Insurance (12USD per person) and PCR test (40USD per person)
  7. Pay for the hotel to arrange airport transfers to hotel. (100USD upto 4 person)

02. At the airport produce the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR report (English) taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation (All travellers excluding children below 2 years).
  2. QR code received via email after registering the mandatory "Health Deceleration Form". It is mandatory. If not already registered, please visit here to register. www.airport.lk.

03. On-arrival (Day 1) PCR test

  1. All travellers should undergo on-arrival (Day 1) COVID-19 PCR tests at the BIA airport in Colombo or ‘’Safe & Secure Certified L1’’ hotels.
  2. Children below 12 years are exempted from on-arrival (Day 1) PCR testing. However, if the parents / guardians develop symptoms or receive positive results in on-arrival PCR tests, children will undergo PCR tests.
  3. Children of 12 -18 years need to undergo Day 1 PCR testing.

04. PCR/Rapid Antigen Test for Exit -- Not-Vaccinated Travellers

  1. All Travellers will perform an Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test on Day 12.
  2. If the particular traveller departs the country before Day 14 from arrival, Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test is NOT required.
  3. Children below 12 years are exempted from Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test. However, if the exit PCR test of an accompanying traveller of the child is positive for COVID-19, the child will also be subjected to PCR test subsequently.
  4. Not-vaccinated children of 12-18 years should undergo an Exit PCR / Rapid Antigen test on Day 12 (after arriving in Sri Lanka).
  5. After the 2-week completion and verifying the negative PCR / Rapid Antigen test results, the respective Safe & Secure L1 Hotel doctor/in charge will issue a ‘’Discharge Document’’ and release the travellers from bio-bubble.
***Thats it for Not-vaccinated / Not-fully vaccinated travelers****