Quarantine guidelines for arrivals revised

Permission has been granted for Sri Lankans working overseas and dual citizens who have not been fully vaccinated, to self-isolate at home even if they test positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in the country.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo, Consultant Community Physician of the Quarantine Unit of the Ministry of Health Dr. Dilhani Samarasekera said permission was granted under the revised health guidelines for passengers arriving from overseas.

Dr. Samarasekera said they must inform the area Medical Officer of Health or use the ongoing home-based care system in the country, following which doctors will monitor their situation closely.

Dr. Dilhani Samarasekera noted Sri Lankans and dual citizens who do not have the necessary facilities to self-isolate at home, have been granted permission to undergo treatment at an intermediary treatment centre or government-approved treatment centre, if needed.

She said if foreign nationals or resident visa holders test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival they must get admitted to a paid intermediary treatment centre or paid hospital.

She noted Sri Lankans living or working overseas, dual citizens and resident visa holders who have not been fully vaccinated and test negative upon arrival, must undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine period at home.

She stated they must also inform the relevant MOH of the area upon arriving at home.

Dr. Samarasekera added they will only be released from quarantine if they test negative during a rapid antigen test or PCR test, conducted after seven days.

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