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Airports in Sri Lanka will open before August

Because no Covid-19 cases have been reported since late April

According to news reported by "Xinhua" and other local sources, the Sri Lankan government aims to open its international airports before August 1st, since no Covid-19 cases have been reported since late April. Sri Lanka initially decided to open international airports to foreign tourists on August 1 after closing in March, following the spread of the Covid-19 virus, but confirmation is still awaited for the next reopening. Meanwhile, about 20,000 citizens are waiting to be repatriated from abroad; so far about half have returned; once this operation is over (procedure that should end by August), the country will try to open up immediately to foreign tourists.

Arriving tourists will be subjected to PCR tests and will be able to enter the country after receiving the results within 24 hours; 1895 cases of Covid-19 patients have so far been reported, including 1342 treated and discharged from hospitals, as well as a total of 11 deaths from the virus.

Colombo Airport (known as Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo-Bandaranaike and locally as Katunayake) is the main one serving Sri Lanka. It takes its name from the ex-prime minister Bandaranaike and is located in the area of Negombo, 32.5 kilometers north of the Nation's capital, Colombo. It is operated by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) and serves as the hub of SriLankan Airlines, a national carrier, and the local one Cinnamon Air. The other airport facility serving the city of Colombo is the international one in Ratmalana, mainly used for domestic destinations.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency