Good news for travelers from UK! Sri Lanka will finally be removed from the UKs red list on Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, said UK’s Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps. “The purpose is to make it easier to travel without the bureaucracy, without so many tests, and with a greater level of certainty now that we’ve got so many people vaccinated,” he said.
While on the Red List, Sri Lankans were barred from entering the UK and foreigners who had a travel history to Sri Lanka in the last 10 days were also not permitted to enter UK. With this new change, Sri Lanka will be moved to the Amber List along with eight other countries such as Bangladesh, Maldives and Pakistan. According to the BBC, Wales also announced that they will follow England by removing Sri Lanka from their ‘Red List’.
From Monday, 04th October 2021, UKs amber and green list will be merged; allowing fully vaccinated travelers to avoid a PCR test before returning to England from any of those countries. They only need one PCR test to be taken two days after arrival, which will soon be replaced by a cheaper lateral flow testing technique. This simplification of the international travel traffic light system in UK keeps the global public health in mind, with UK highlighting that more than 8 out of 10 adults are vaccinated.
This is great news for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry as well which has been taking steps to recover after the pandemic initially hit the world. Over the last few months, the Government of Sri Lanka has been striving hard to vaccinate the eligible population, thereby creating a safe environment for travelers from across the world. As of today, the country has successfully vaccinated 50% of its total population and over 90% of citizens above the age of 30.
Blue Lanka Tours is looking forward to create customized holiday itineraries for travelers, keeping in mind Covid-19 protocols and ensuring a safe environment for holiday-ers from across the world. Our team of skilled travel consultants will carefully analyze your holiday requirements and curate a tailor-made package based on your preferred destinations in Sri Lanka. We also have a fleet of luxury vehicles for the comfort of our clients, as well as a wide range of luxury hotels we have partnered with to ensure guests have a pampered stay throughout their holiday in Sri Lanka.