Sri Lanka opens PCR testing facility for tourists at Katunayake Airport

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Sri Lanka opens PCR testing facility for tourists at Katunayake Airport


Fri, Sep 24, 2021, 10:14 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 24, Colombo: Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that as a country with a history of standing up and overcoming challenges, we can defeat Coronavirus and boost the tourism industry.

He was speaking at the opening of the AASL- Hospinorm PCR Laboratory Lounge at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake yesterday (23).

PCR tests will be conducted at this laboratory for tourists visiting Sri Lanka from next Saturday.

The facility has a capacity of conducting 500 PCR tests per hour, with a total of 7000 tests during the course of one day.

The lab can issue a PCR test report to tourists arriving in the country in as little as three hours.

Fully vaccinated tourists who receive a negative PCR test result at the facility will be permitted to immediately enter the country, without being subjected to mandatory quarantine. They will be able to visit the places of view in Sri Lanka without any hindrance.

This is the first time such a high quality PCR laboratory has been built near an airport in an Asian country.

Although a private company has invested to set up the laboratory, it is wholly owned by the Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka Private Ltd. The laboratory operates under a two-year management contract. The lab charges $ 40 for a PCR test for travelers.

The PCR testing facility has been established at the airport to end the mandatory hotel quarantine process which was earlier introduced by the Government.

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