The government has decided to suspend arrival of passengers into Sri Lanka from midnight on May 21 until midnight on May 31, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced.

Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer Capt. Themiya Abeywickrama, issuing a notice, said the decision was taken in a bid to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

However, the following activities will be permitted at Bandaranaike International Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport during this period:

• Emergency diversions of aircrafts
• Cargo aircrafts
• Humanitarian flights
• Technical landings
• Inbound ferry flights without passengers
• Transit of passengers for less than 12 hours with confirmed ticket to an onward destination

Further, the restrictions will not affect the passengers departing the country, the CAA said further.

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