In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) on Thursday suspends all inbound international flights for 10 days starting from May 21.
The aviation authority (CAASL) in a social media post informed that the flight suspension will be in force from midnight of May 21 until midnight of May 31.
“This is to inform all online and offline carriers that all international Airports in Sri Lanka will not permit disembarking passengers into Sri Lanka with effect from 2359hrs on 21 May 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) until 2359hrs on 31 May 2021 (local time in Sri Lanka) with a view to controlling the Covid-I9 situation in the country.”Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka Announced
However, movement of flights under the following will be permitted by the CAASL for the above-mentioned period.
- Aircraft Departures with passengers originating from BIA/MRIA.
- Aircraft Emergency Diversions to BIA/MRIA.
- Freighter Operations and humanitarian flights to BIA/MRIA.
- Technical landings at BIA/MRIA.
- Inbound ferry flights (without passengers) at BIA/MRIA.
- Passengers transiting at BIA/HRIA for less than 12 hours with a confirmed ticket destined to an onward destination.
Moreover, the passengers who need to leave the country on an urgent basis shall be allowed to do so during this period through other international transit flights (with a halt of fewer than 12 hours) and flights originating from the country.
Earlier Sri Lanka had announced that the country will return to a form of continuous lockdown by way of travel restrictions from May 21.
The restrictions on movement will be in force from 11 pm on May 21 and will continue till 4 am on May 25. These restrictions are likely to be reimposed at 11 pm on May 25 and will remain in place till May 29.
It must be noted that the due to Covid-19 surge the country has already suspended all flights from India.
Srilankan Airline the flag carrier of Sri Lanka in a statement said that the restriction will be reviewed as early as possible based on instructions from local health authorities.