BIA duty free sales resume from today

Passengers allowed for duty free shopping now on arrival

Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has reopened its duty free facilities for arriving passengers. Accordingly, the repatriation passengers are allowed to order duty free items and make payments on arrival at BIA, airport officials said.

However, due to strict health guidelines, repatriation passengers are still not allowed to collect their own- purchases. Once the passengers select and purchase duty free items, the passenger can nominate a family member or an associate to collect goods from a designated location and contact the relevant personnel for the delivering arrangements.

Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to Ada Derana first at 9 Senarath Hettiarachchi, Head of Airport Management – BIA  expressed the following:

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in this year, the international airports worldwide had certain health restrictions where the passengers could not enjoy the entire airport facilities as usual. To the passengers arriving from BIA from December 1, 2020 we are resuming our duty free sales facilities with special arrangements. We are going to maintain the stalls in the arrival hall where the passengers can order their purchases and thereafter the shops will arrange to deliver those purchases to their families.”

“Moreover, we will be facilitating them to order this duty free items online. On arrival they can verify their purchases at the stalls maintained by the duty- free shops in the arrival hall. The custom formalities also will be done at the same location and then the passengers can leave to their quarantine centers or to the hotels and also we will be facilitating those who have already arrived in Sri Lanka and who has not been able to use their duty-free facilities so far.”

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