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Sri Lanka Drafts Operational Guidelines on Preparedness and Response For COVID-19

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Preparing to resume tourism operations in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority has drafted guidelines for the industry.

Preparing to resume tourism operations in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has drafted a set of guidelines for the industry. The guideline outlines stringent measures on preparedness and response for COVID-19 outbreak and covers all the aspects of travel from arrival to departure of a tourist.

The operational guidelines thoroughly explain the regulations and precautionary measures which will be implemented once finalised. As per the guideline, entry procedure requires a prior booking of the tour package online or through an SLTDA registered travel agency. Having a confirmed booking in an SLTDA registered and COVID certified hotel is mandatory and a pre-requisite for Visa. Travellers are required to submit health insurance, tour booking details and a valid return ticket to obtain the visa. Visa on arrival will not be issued until an official announcement is made by the government of Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, a negative PCR report or positive antibody test taken two weeks prior to arriving in Sri Lanka must be uploaded with the visa application. If not, travellers are to produce one at the Colombo Airport on arrival. In addition to thorough disinfection procedures for body, luggage and travel documents, tourists would undergo temperature checks as well as a PCR test or Rapid test upon the time of arrival. Staff and passengers must wear face masks, maintaining social distancing norm, and using sanitizer frequently at the airport.

According to the draft guidelines, airport transfers will only be allowed through registered taxis, arranged buses, pre-approved vehicles. Travel options for tourists within the country includes tourist buses for tour groups, hired taxis from travel agencies or other registered taxis or registered rented vehicles. The use of public transport will not be allowed until further notice.

In addition to that, several measures have been proposed in the guidelines with regards to accommodation facilities, tourist facilities and services, travel agencies and tour operators, tourist activities and more.

Sri Lanka had been battling COVID-19 since late January 2020. As of yet, the country has seen 1028 cases of the virus and recorded 09 deaths, while 584 has recovered from it.

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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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