04 February 2020 – Government suspends visa on arrival for Chinese nationals, releases app to track their movements

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Immigration, Tourism
Intervention Categories: International travel measures; Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: Airport
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Health and Immigration

Overview: Government suspends visa on arrival for Chinese nationals. They will be required to submit application while in China and their residence will be checked prior to issue of visa.
Mobile app introduced by the Ministry of Health to track movements of Chinese nationals.
Separate exit terminal at the airport for those arriving from China.
Full details here: https://srilanka.travel/covid19/pdf/Latest-Updates-on-novel-Coronavirus.pdf

Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Evidence/Justification: Recognized strategies to control an epidemic that is spreading from an overseas country