Due to a record rise in COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring region, Sri Lanka declared on Thursday that all arrivals from India would be barred with immediate effect.
Several countries, including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Singapore, have already placed travel restrictions on India and other South Asian countries.
The Civil Aviation Authority announced on Thursday that Indian passengers would not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka. The decision was made because the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly in India.
The Director-General Civil aviation in a letter to the CEO of the national carrier Srilankan Airlines has said, “in accordance with instructions received from health authorities of Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, it is hereby directed that passengers travelling from India will not be permitted to disembark in Sri Lanka with immediate effect.”
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Sri Lanka, with nearly 2,000 new cases registered in each of the last five days, up from an average of 200 per day until mid-April.
According to the health authorities, the current wave is a fast-spreading UK version of the New Year cluster, which originated from traditional New Year celebrations in mid-April.