No quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers – DGHS

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Fully vaccinated travellers who have completed 14 days after recommended doses of vaccination and arriving with a negative COVID-19 PCR report done within 72 hours of embarkation or negative COVID19 rapid antigen test report done within 48 hours prior to embarkation will be released from the airport and do not need to do a one day PCR test or quarantine after arriving in Sri Lanka, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena said. Dr. Gunawardena introducing further amendments to the quarantine measures for travellers arriving from overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic said the new amendments for travellers came into effect from yesterday (26). 

He said circulars dated 28 September 2021, 3 and 17 October 2021 would be cancelled henceforth. Dr. Gunawardena said however that fully vaccinated travellers who develop coronalike symptoms, should undergo a COVID-19 test from a Health Ministry approved laboratory and produce it to the Medical Officer of Health (MoH) in the area. The DGHS said those below 12 years did not need to test for COVID after arriving in the island. Also, unvaccinated children of fully vaccinated parents who are Sri Lankan citizens, dual citizens or resident visa holders should be allowed to travel home with parents. 

Unvaccinated children between 12 to 18 years of fully vaccinated parents need to undergo day one PCR testing at a Health Ministry approved laboratory at Katunayake or at a Government Quarantine Centre quarantine hotel, safe and secure certified level one hotel. “If the one day PCR is negative, they can be released from quarantine and should be allowed to go home with fully vaccinated parents. 

They will not be quarantined further.” Travelers with a history of having contracted COVID-19 within the past six months and if arriving only with a single dose of the vaccine taken two weeks after recovery and their unvaccinated children below 18 years need to verify with relevant documents, vaccination records, pre-departure PCR reports at the airport.

 If 14 days have been completed postvaccination and with a negative PCR report done within 72 hours of embarkation or a negative COVID RAT report done within 48 hours before boarding will be released from the airport and do not need to do a day one PCR or undergo quarantine after arrival.

 Those not fully vaccinated should arrive after obtaining a single dose of AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna jab or any other single dose coronavirus vaccine recommended to fully vaccinate the population such as Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik Light etc at the country of origin. Or they should complete 14 days post-vaccination period, should undergo quarantine in a government quarantine facility for Sri Lankan and dual citizens, quarantine hotel, safe and secure certified level one hotel. Unvaccinated children up to 18 years can be released with parents for home quarantine.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

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