Sri Lanka on Tuesday reopened its worldwide airport right here for passengers within the midst of the present COVID-19 lockdown with the primary flight with 53 passengers touchdown from Qatar.
However, these with a journey document to India and Vietnam over the past 14 days wouldn’t be allowed to disembark on the Colombo airport, stated a senior Civil Aviation official, P A Jayakantha.
The inner journey restrictions, which permit solely important providers, have been in impact from mid-May and as a result of be lifted on June 7.
Jayakantha stated that the airport was re-opened at midnight for flights that are restricted to 75 passengers.
The first flight, a Qatar Airways plane with 53 passengers, touched down on the Katunayake International Airport at 2 AM (native time) from Doha, Daily Mirror newspaper quoted an airport official as saying.
The airport would nonetheless stay shut for Indian and Vietnamese passengers, the official stated.
The ban additionally applies to Sri Lankans and different travellers who’ve stayed in India and Vietnam for the previous 14 days or who’ve used their airports for transit.
“We have returned to the standing earlier than May 21 when the flight ban was introduced,” Jayakantha stated.
Dhammika Wijesinghe, a prime tourism official, stated that vacationers are welcome with strict adherence to COVID-19 well being tips.
“They should endure a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) take a look at 3 weeks earlier than arrival and do one other on arrival right here. They should stay in quarantine for 14 days earlier than they might step out to journey inland,” the official stated.
Chairman of Airport and Aviation Services, Major General G A Chandrasiri informed Colombo Gazette that six flights have arrived in Sri Lanka for the reason that reopening of the airport at midnight.
He stated one flight arrived from Qatar, and the remaining flights had been operated by nationwide provider SriLankan Airlines.
A complete of 569 passengers arrived within the six flights.
Those native and overseas passengers have been directed to endure the obligatory 14-day quarantine interval and two PCR exams.
Passengers who’re identified and located destructive could be allowed to socialize in Sri Lanka, whereas others will likely be referred for additional medical remedy.
Sri Lanka, which is grappling with the third wave of infections, has recorded over 80,000 new infections since April 15.
The dying toll, which stood at 678 by April 30, elevated by over 750, recording an over 100 per cent bounce by the top of May, in line with well being officers.
The nation is presently observing inter-provincial journey restrictions in its effort to comprise the brand new surge.