Digital Desk, Colombo. To prevent the spread of corona infection in Sri Lanka, the vaccine card has been made mandatory for all local and foreign tourists visiting religious places. This information was given by the health officials of Sri Lanka.
Health ministry officials said tourists and locals should carry their vaccine cards or show the electronic version of the certificate. The ministry said foreign tourists have been requested to carry the English translation of their vaccine cards for travel in Sri Lanka. Pilgrims and tourists have also been urged to leave pilgrimage sites immediately after the conclusion of religious rituals and tourism, to avoid large gatherings, Xinhua news agency reported.
Sri Lanka has eased a number of restrictions in recent weeks, which came into force after the country faced a third wave of coronavirus infections since April, caused by the dominant delta variant. The country is returning to normalcy and has registered an increase in tourist arrivals especially since November. Tourism promotion campaigns are also about to start in many countries including China.
The Health Ministry said, however, that face masks have been made mandatory for all and social distancing should be maintained at all times. According to official figures, since March 2020, 576,966 new cases of coronavirus have been reported while 14,677 people have died.
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