Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists on Thursday after a 10-month morbidity strike that severely cut off the Indian Ocean island’s lucrative tourism industry. Full operation also began on Thursday at two international airports, providing commercial airlines. Under the new agreements to prevent the spread of COVID-19, guests must be tested for the virus in their home country 72 hours before their flight, upon arrival at their hotel which is in Sri Lanka and also again later after seven days. They should stay in the selected “travel hub” at 14 tourist attractions without mixing with local people. About 180 hotels have been reserved for guest accommodation.
The resumption of tourism follows a pilot project that began on December 26 when 1,500 tourists from Ukraine visited Sri Lanka on such a travel bubble.
The government closed the tourist country last March when the virus broke out. International airports are closed except for limited flights that allow Sri Lankans to return home.
Tourism is an important economic sector in the country – Sri Lanka, accounting for about 5 percent of gross domestic product and also employing 250,000 people directly and near to s number of 3 million indirectly. Hotels, other businesses and their employees are facing a loss of revenue.
Sri Lanka had fewer than 4,000 cases of coronavirus infection until October when collections focusing on a garment factory and fish market spread to the capital, Colombo, and suburbs. As of Thursday, it has confirmed more than 55,000 cases of 274 deaths.
In one case in the Asia-Pacific region: People traveling to Australia from many countries from Friday will need to check for coronavirus before traveling. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday he would sign orders requiring international travelers to be severely tested within three days of leaving Australia.
All foreign passengers will also need to wear masks on their flights. Hunt also told the reporters in Melbourne that success at home, troublesome challenges abroad, the fact that they have some very powerful new species emerging around the world – this is a good reminder of why they are able to keep Australians safe. Further they said that the New Zealand and a few Pacific Island countries are exempt from the new rules.
– China is making some of the most difficult travel restrictions right now as coronavirus cases rise in several northern states ahead of the Lunar New Year’s Eve rush.
Festival in the upcoming month is the most important time of the year for family gatherings and is often the only time when many immigrant workers are able to return to their rural homes. However, anyone wishing to do so this year will need a negative virus test during the past week and may face dramatic limitations at times, including divorcees, in some communities.
On Thursday the National Health Commission reported another 126 cases of local virus transmission in the past 24 hours, the largest number, 68, in the northern province of Heilongjiang, which is part of a large region known as Manchuria.
Commission spokeswoman Mi Feng also said that foreign experts visiting Wuhan had video conferences with Chinese experts as part of their work. The World Health Organization was isolated at the start of its mission to investigate the origin of the virus. Chinese authorities have tightened control over the study while promoting the underlying view that the virus may have originated overseas.