Patient Status

Last Update: 20:17 PM, 28th Mar 2020

Observation
199
Infected
103
Recovered
09
Deaths
01
28 th March 2020

Last Update: 10:17 AM, 28th March 2020

  • Total of 1198 people returned home in 5 batches after completing their respective quarantine periods.
25 th March 2020
  • Airline Schedule updated under "Updates and Press Releases" section below.
22 nd March 2020
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Emirates Airlines to temporarily suspend all passenger flights by 25 March 2020.

  • All airplanes and ships banned for Sri Lanka
  • All passenger flight & ship arrivals into Sri Lanka stopped till Coronavirus threat is brought under control. All departure flights from Sri Lanka will continue to operate as usual.

18 th March 2020
  • Emirates Flights
  • EK will continue to operate flights out of CMB. As of now they will operate all four flights ex CMB till 21MAR20 and operate 03 flights daily (excluding EK648/9) from 22MAR and onwards.

  • Sri Lanka halts arrivals at Katunayake Airport
  • Sri Lanka suspends all passenger arrivals from all countries at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake starting from 0400 hours 19 March 2020. Arrival of passengers will accordingly be halted until 2359 hours March 25; however, cargo, departures and transit are to be continued. Previously, the Jaffna International Airport (JIA) was shut down for two weeks.

  • Visa extended for foreigners currently in country
  • The validity period of all types of Visas will be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2020 to 12th April 2020. Accordingly, any foreign national is informed to visit the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration on either 08th or 09th of April 2020 to pay the relevant fee and to get the visa endorsed in the Passport. If one intends to leave the island during the aforementioned period; the journey will be facilitated by paying the relevant visa fee at the Airport without any penalty. The validity period of the Acknowledgement issued for the applications already submitted to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to obtain visas will also be extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2020 to 12th April 2020. To leave the country during this time, a request to obtain your passport from this Department should be sent to the following email addresses along with a copy of the flight ticket. Necessary advice in this regard will be communicated accordingly via the same channel.

    Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

    Any inquiries on the matter can be made through 0771588724 and the public is advised to refrain from visiting the Department of Immigration and Emigration premises during the above period.

17 th March 2020
  • Passengers from Qatar, Bahrain & Canada barred from landing in Sri Lanka
  • The Civil Aviation Authority has announced that passengers from Qatar, Bahrain and Canada will not be permitted to land in Sri Lanka starting from midnight today (17). The travel ban will be in place for two weeks. This restriction will not apply to passengers transiting Qatar, Canada or Bahrain, if they are not nationals of the three countries.

16 th March 2020
  • Closure of National Museums
  • The 11 national museums under the Department of Museums will be closed indefinitely.

  • Sri Lanka Limits Provision of Consular Services in More Overseas Missions
  • The Ministry of Foreign Relations has initiated action to regulate consular services in the United Kingdom (London), Belgium (Brussels) and Norway (Oslo). Accordingly, from 16th March 2020, consular services offered by Sri Lanka Missions in these countries will be limited to the issuance of emergency travel documents, issuance of certification and related documents connected to death, and any other emergency services considered necessary.

15 th March 2020
  • Hotline
  • Government introduces a hotline 117 from 8 pm today for public to seek or provide information on Covid-19

  • Sri Lanka Navy Geared to Handle COVID-19 at Ports
  • The Sri Lanka Navy conducted a drill at the harbor yesterday (14th March) to rehearse Standard Operational Procedure that could be adopted in the event of transferring a suspected COVID-19 patient from a ship to hospital ashore and quarantining a particular area on the land.

  • Sri Lanka Limits Provision of Consular Services in Overseas Missions
  • The Ministry of Foreign Relations has decided to limit the provision of consular services in 11 Sri Lanka Missions overseas commencing 16th March until further notice. These Missions have arranged to restrict services related only to the issuance of temporary/emergency travel documents, issuance and certification of documents relevant to deaths of Sri Lankans and any other emergency consular service deemed necessary, on a case by case basis. This will be done based on prior appointments obtained from the Missions.

  • Ban on Public Gatherings
  • The Police Media Division stated that hosting any event, including gatherings that involve large crowds of people will be prohibited for two weeks with effect from 15th March 2020.

14 th March 2020
  • Screening of Films Halted
  • All movie theatres under the purview of the National Film Corporation have been requested by the Cultural Affairs Ministry to suspend screening of movies until further notice. The decision was made taking into consideration the prevailing health concerns due to the threat of COVID-19 in the country. . . .

13 th March 2020
  • Temporary Suspension of Visa for the following 12 countries
  • A temporary suspension of Visas will be in effect for Qatar, Bahrain, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria for a period of two weeks from 23:59 hrs (local time in Sri Lanka) on 15th March and it will come to an end at 24:00 hrs (local time in Sri Lanka) on 29th March 2020. This is in addition to Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy.

  • Sri Lankan Passengers from Europe, excluding the UK, to be Quarantined
  • Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that all travel beginning from France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria will be banned for two weeks from 15 – 29 March 2020. All airlines flying to Sri Lanka are strongly instructed not to board any passenger, either originating from the aforementioned countries or who has been to these countries within the last 14 days.

  • Travel Ban on Eight Additional Countries for Two Weeks
  • Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that all travel beginning from France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria will be banned for two weeks from 15 – 29 March 2020. All airlines flying to Sri Lanka are strongly instructed not to board any passenger, either originating from the aforementioned countries or who has been to these countries within the last 14 days.

  • Two Week Travel Ban on all Passengers Arriving from South Korea, Italy and Iran
  • The Government of Sri Lanka has imposed a two week travel ban on passengers from South Korea, Italy and Iran, starting 14th March 2020. Accordingly, the Government has advised all airlines to refrain from boarding passengers either originating from South Korea, Italy and Iran, or having been in any of the three countries within the last 14 days.

  • Self-declaration Forms for All Travellers
  • Passengers of all international flights entering into Sri Lanka from any port are required to provide personal particulars, address and contact number in Sri Lanka, and travel history to health officials and immigration officials.

  • Hotline for COVID-19 Information
  • The Department of Government Information has shared two hotline numbers for the general public to obtain information on COVID-19. The numbers are +94 710107107 or +94 (0) 113071073.

12 th March 2020
  • On-arrival Visa Suspended
  • Sri Lanka has indefinitely suspended the issuance of on-arrival visas for all visitors. Visa applications need to be made prior to arrival, through the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website here.

  • Closure of Schools
  • The Ministry of Education has declared that all schools on the island will be closed from 13th March to 20th April 2020.