Udayanga woos more Russian tourists | Sunday Observer

Udayanga woos more Russian tourists

4 October, 2020

The government will decide this week on the proposed plan to receive tourists from countries that will face winter shortly, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

A joint Cabinet paper in this connection presented by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga at a recent Cabinet meeting is awaiting approval of the Covid-19 committee. ‘We are awaiting the green light from the Covid-19 committee this week to target around 44,000 tourists from these countries who will be housed in hotels along the southern coastal belt in keeping with health regulations,” the Minister said.

Only those who pass the PCR test, 72 hours prior to arrival will be permitted to enter the country via the Mattala International Airport. They need to undergo a 14-day quarantine at the same hotel where they stay. No locals will be permitted at hotels that house foreigners. The plan targets tourists from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Winter in Russia begins next month and will continue till April. Russians look forward to travel during the season.

Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga launched a campaign in Russia to woo tourists to Sri Lanka from next month. LF