Sri Lanka has relaxed the entry requirements for visitors who have had a vaccination against Covid-19.

Tourist board Sri Lanka Tourism confirmed the updated policy which will mean visitors who have had two vaccine doses two weeks before arrival are allowed leave their government-approved hotel after 24 to 48 hours if they test negative in Sri Lanka.

Those who have not yet received both vaccine doses must stay at an approved hotel for the first 14 days of their visit.

Hotel bookings, regardless of vaccination status, must be made before boarding a flight to the South Asian country.

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Previously, Sri Lanka was not making any exceptions for vaccinated visitors.

All visitors – whether vaccinated or not – must still take a PCR Covid test within the 96 hours before boarding a flight, and present a negative result.

Further PCR tests, at $40, must be taken on arrival – two if not vaccinated, and one if vaccinated.

Insurance covering Covid must also be taken out before boarding to enter Sri Lanka, and can be purchased for $12.

Transfers must be arranged by a certified hotel or travel agent.