Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 9 months – travel

Sri Lanka has reopened to tourists after greater than 9 months.

The Indian Ocean island nation closed to tourists in March, amid the primary wave of the coronavirus. Authorities additionally closed the 2 foremost worldwide airports.

The authorities says a pilot program to entice tourists is now being carried out. The first tourists arrived on a particular flight from Ukraine on Monday. The 186 tourists are anticipated to keep in Sri Lanka for 10 days.

Under the pilot program, which is able to run to Jan. 24, 2,580 tourists are anticipated to arrive in Sri Lanka, principally from CIS international locations.

Covid -19 has dealt a extreme blow to tourism, an important financial sector for Sri Lanka, accounting for about 5% of its GDP and using 250,000 folks instantly and up to 2 million not directly.

Previously, the federal government introduced that the nation would reopen to tourists on August 1, however the date was pushed again after new clusters of Covid-19 sufferers emerged.

Sri Lanka has confirmed 41,602 instances, together with 194 deaths.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.)

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