Foreign travel advice

Sri Lanka

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on COVID and non-COVID risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. You should check the travel advice for your destination.

Travel disruption is possible worldwide. Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Summary

If you are returning to England, Wales, or Northern Ireland from Sri Lanka on or after 4am on 21 November, you do not need to self-isolate on your return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to Sri Lanka is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Sri Lanka is currently prohibited for all non-nationals. If you’re a non-national resident in Sri Lanka and wish to return, contact your nearest Sri Lankan High Commission for advice
  • 14 day quarantine is mandatory for all those travelling into Sri Lanka, followed by 14 days self-isolation at home

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

Due to a recent cluster of COVID-19 cases in the community, there is a high risk of changes to flights and airport operations at short notice. Lockdowns are being imposed in affected areas across a wide geographic spread, and travel restrictions may also be imposed at short notice.

If you’re planning travel to Sri Lanka, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. More than 250 people including tourists were killed in April 2019 in terrorist attacks that targeted churches and hotels. See Terrorism

Dengue fever occurs throughout the country. See Health

Sri Lanka can be affected by severe weather including tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. A general alert has been issued by the Centre for Disaster Management over the onset of the South Western Monsoon (check local advice before setting out. See Natural disasters

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.