NewsMarch 18, 2020

Sri Lanka Shuts Airport for Passenger Arrivals to Contain COVID-19

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the closure of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake for two weeks with effect from 18th March to contain the spread COVID-19.

Accordingly, all flights arriving in Sri Lanka with effect from midnight of 18th March will be suspended for a period of two (2) weeks.


“Cargo flights will be accommodated as usual,” Director Operations Airport and Aviation Services Limited Director Shehan Sumanasekara said.

Transit and departures passengers would still be allowed.

Aircraft could depart with passengers originating in Colombo, stop overs, transit passengers or tourists.

Emergency diversions, humanitarian flights, freighter operations, technical landings and inbound ferry flights without passengers, would be permitted.

Sri Lanka had earlier selectively restricted arrivals from several European and Middle Eastern countries as well as Korea.