Bilateral talks to reopen the country to tourists

2020-11-29 at 15:49

Bilateral talks are due to be held between officials in the health and tourism sectors to discuss reopening the country to tourists.

Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga said he hopes to hold talks within this week.

The government directed attention towards bringing down tourists as groups, after containing the first COVID-19 wave in the country.

Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to a joint Cabinet Paper tabled by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Tourism Minister to allow 44,000 tourists from the Russian Federation to arrive in the island.

Additionally plans are underway to allow groups of tourists from several other countries including Germany and Australia to enter the country.

While plans were arranged to lodge tourists at hotels for the first 14 days, subjecting them to PCR tests prior to their arrival and upon their arrival and health guidelines they must adhere to during their stay are being discussed.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi, himself, several top health officials as well as officials in the tourism sector will attend the discussions.