There was pandemonium at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today as tourists and others were taken to hotels for quarantine procedures.

The authorities were disregarding the availability of the PCR facility at the airport.

The PCR testing facility at the BIA scheduled to be operative from today became a non-starter.

Nevertheless, since the authorities failed to begin the rapid PCR testing today, tourists and transit passengers arriving at the airport were forced to go to hotels for quarantine purposes, continuing their earlier practice.

Airport sources said after an announcement made by the government about the PCR test facilities available for tourists at the airport, there was chaos and disorder at the premises.

The tourists taken to hotels may have to wait for at least three-four days at the hotel until the test results are known to them.



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