Sri Lanka expects to open the borders in mid-August. However, these terms can be adjusted. In an interview, the Republic's ambassador to Russia, Michalgalanda Durage Lamavansa, told how the island state is fighting the coronavirus and plans to restart international tourism.
According to him, the opening of the borders was planned for July 15, but then the date was postponed to August 1. The recent outbreak of coronavirus at a local center is likely to adjust the dates again. As the diplomat noted, the opening of the country to foreign tourists, including Russians, will be postponed until August 15.
Sri Lanka was included in the list of countries with which Rospotrebnadzor (Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights) recommended restarting air traffic according to epidemiological indicators.
Tour operators report that the dates, indicated by the Sri Lankan diplomat for opening the borders, are quite possible, the tourist business knows about them, but the situation is ambiguous.
“The opening of the borders is planned. But no one can give a 100% guarantee yet,” the representatives of Pax company said. The experts of the tour operator Anex Tour assess the prospects for restarting tourism in Sri Lanka by a similar way.
“There is no exact information on the opening of borders. There is a postponement date and there is no guarantee that these terms will not be shifted again. Now everything depends on the epidemiological situation in the country,” Anex Tour said.
According to the partners of the tour operator Ics Travel Group, it is possible that under new circumstances Sri Lanka will take into account the situation with coronavirus in other countries, as, for example, Russia is doing. In this case, citizens of the Russian Federation can be included in the list of countries with which the island state will resume tourism at a later stage.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.