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COVID-19 insurance mandatory for tourists visiting Sri Lanka; cover raised to US$ 75,000

Sri Lanka Tourism
Seema Malaka Temple

All international travellers visiting Sri Lanka on a tourist visa are required to purchase a mandatory Sri Lanka COVID-19 insurance coverage online or on arrival.

Visitors are recommended to obtain the insurance online prior to departure. If they are unable to do so, then they can purchase the policy prior to leaving the airport in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the insurance limit for COVID-19 Insurance for tourists has been raised to US$ 75,000 from US$ 50,000. The insurance costs USD 12 for the mandatory one-month insurance for the cover of USD 75,000, including hospitalisation if needed due to COVID-19 infection.

The COVID-19 Insurance coverage has to be purchased at: https://portal.pionline.lk/covidinsurance/

“Even though the Insurance cover has been increased, the payment due from the customer has not been increased and that amount remains at US$12. However, the benefits of this insurance scheme have been expanded,” Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga explained.

The extended cover provides a total of eleven facilities to tourists. The cover includes hospitalisation, intensive care, quarantine facilities, intermediary care, laboratory testing, transport, flight rescheduling, and repatriation of mortal remains, among others.

The COVID-19 coverage is subject to proof of negative results of the PCR done within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight.

However, fully vaccinated travellers having a history of infection within the last three months could arrive with a negative Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test/PCR Test report done within 48 hours prior to embarkation.

Ranatunga further said that obtaining COVID-19 Insurance is a must for tourists arriving in the country. However, Sri Lankan passport holders do not require the COVID-19 Insurance coverage when traveling to Sri Lanka.

The Minister has instructed the Tourism Development Authority to take all steps necessary for the safety of tourists arriving in the country.


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