Colombo, December 22 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka suspends flights from United Kingdom starting tomorrow (23). The decision has been taken due to the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19.
A group of passengers from the UK, scheduled to arrive in the country today (22), will be subjected to 14-day quarantine procedure at selected hotels under the observation of health authorities. They will be placed under home-quarantine for 14 more days the President’s Media Division said.
The latest figures released on Monday reveal that another 33,364 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus.
More than 40 countries have imposed a ban on UK arrivals including India, Pakistan, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Russia, and Switzerland.
The government had planned to open the airport on December 26 for tourists and Sri Lankan nationals without prior approval from the Foreign Relations Ministry but have responded to the current situation immediately. Sri Lanka has decided to continue with the existing procedure of obtaining prior approval from the Foreign Ministry and the Civil Aviation Authority for all inbound travellers to Sri Lanka stated the Foreign Ministry.
Earlier during the day, the Minister of Tourism presented a proposal to waive the landing and parking fees during this period for international flight operators as the international aviation sector is currently facing a crisis.