Sri Lanka to close borders for 10 days amid virus surge

Immigration counter at Bandaranaike International Airport.

Neighboring Sri Lanka has announced the decision to close its borders to inbound international travelers for 10 days as it battles an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.

Maldivian Foreign Ministry has issued statement to warn Maldivian travelers of the new restriction.

Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka’s borders will be closed for inbound passengers from May 21-31.

“However, the decision states that outbound travel from Sri Lanka to other countries will be allowed,” said the Foreign Ministry.

Sri Lanka has over 150,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 1,000 fatalities.