‘Tourists will be allowed into Sri Lanka based on health advice’

Foreign Minister Prof. GL Peiris says steps will be taken to allow tourists into Sri Lanka and minimise possible risks based on health advice.

Speaking during a media briefing today Minister Peiris said the government cannot allow the tourism industry, which is gradually recovering, to be crippled once again.

The Minister said the country’s economic situation must also be improved.

He claimed that annually, Sri Lanka generates USD 4.2 billion through the tourism industry alone adding it plays a crucial part in the economy.

However, the Foreign Minister said the government will not compromise the people’s health safety at any given point.

He claimed that specialists are studying the developments and are issuing directives on how to ensure the tourism sector can continue operating amidst the new threat of the Omicron COVID-variant.  

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