Country to be opened for travellers gradually from next Jan - Tourism Minister

Country to be opened for travellers gradually from next Jan - Tourism Minister

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga that Sri Lanka is expected to be gradually opened for foreign travellers from next January. He added that this step will be taken in line with health guidelines issued.

Prior to the country being opened, a regulatory programme is planned to be implemented from January to identify the shortcomings in the tourism industry and to rectify them in accordance with health guidelines.

The subject minister stated that the discussion in this regard is currently underway with the relevant parties over the opening of the airport as well as the opening of the country to foreign travellers. He noted that the programme will be launched, once the discussions are concluded.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga made these remarks at the Livelihood Development Committee meeting held in Galle District.

At the meeting, it was also discussed developing the infrastructure required to make Galle, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

The Minister stated that steps will be taken to ensure the safety of local and foreign tourists visiting the tourist zones in Unawatuna and Rumassala while taking action to prevent the illegal narcotics abuse reported in the areas. He pointed out that steps were already taken to strengthen the Tourist Police.

Minister Ranatunga also discussed how travellers are not provided adequate protection when taking part in activities such as surfing, diving and whale watching as well as the lack of proper regulations in regard to these activities. He remarked that steps were taken to formulate regulations in regard to such activities.