Given the impact of COVID-19 and global health recommendations regarding large, in-person gatherings, the Organizing Committee of ICOSS 2020 is following health and safety precautions since our attendees, participants, members, and industry colleagues are of the utmost importance to us.
Now, more than ever, we must organize, connect and collaborate to advance research to combat this public health threat. Thus, ICOSS 2020 will continue to mobilize valuable knowledge-sharing during these challenging times whilst remaining keen on overcoming the pandemic and on the well-being of the research community. While specific event details are still being finalized, we are confident this new format will benefit our research community.
Everyone is encouraged to follow the most conservative guidelines available from leading global and local health authorities (such as the CDC and WHO), which include social distancing, frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and wearing a mask if at all possible.
Sri Lanka will welcome tourists from 01st August 2020 with these new rules. You will have to stay for a minimum of five days and get tested for COVID-19 at least twice.
Visas, tests and more: New rules for tourists in Sri Lanka
1. Duration of stay: You will have to stay for at least 5 days. 2. Visas: You will require a valid visa, which will cost $100 (Rs7,700). This will be issued for 30 days and can be extended for up to 6 months after arrival. 3. Airports: The following airports will be operable from 1 August in Sri Lanka:
Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA]
Colombo Ratmalana Airport [RMA]
Mattala Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport [MRIA]
4. Choice of hotels: You will have to select from a hotel listed on the Sri Lanka tourism website. Independent professional audits will be done to certify accommodation providers, which will be listed on the Sri Lanka tourism website. Details of bookings made with certified accommodation providers are required for the visa application.
5. Covid tests: You will have to get tested for coronavirus before you board the flight. A negative PCR test is required prior to boarding the flight and on arrival. The test should be no older than 72 hours before you board. The PCR test on arrival will be conducted free of charge. 6. Sri Lanka’s quarantine rules:
You will be tested free of charge and there will be no quarantine unless you show symptoms. The results will take 24 hours initially. But the government says it’s working towards getting the results in 4-6 hours. If it takes 24 hours, you will be able to select a hotel for a one-night stay from a list of certified 4- or 5-star hotels in Colombo or Negombo until the test results are received.
You will be tested again after 4-5 days by a mobile unit at your hotel.
Travelers staying for more than 10 days will be required to take a third test during their stay.
In case of a positive PCR result, the person will be quarantined for 14 to 21 days in a designated hotel.
7. Transport: Public transport may not be available, so you will have to arrange for accommodation through your hotel or place of stay. There will be no travelrestrictions between districts for tourists. 8. Attractions and Experiences: All tourist sites will be open from the 1 August, with safety protocols and measures in place.
At the Conference premises
Measuring the body temperature morning and evening
Providing hand sanitizers for refresh your hands
Face masks will be provided
Social distance will maintain throughout the conference
Checking the body temperature in morning and evening
Public Health Inspectors will cover the conference in both days