65,610 sq km
A Tropical Paradise Waiting To Be Explored
Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise on earth waiting to be rediscovered. The explorer Marco Polo described it as “undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world”. Sri Lanka is the perfect holiday destination offering everything a dream holiday should offer: warm tropical sun, hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches, unique wildlife, an incredible ancient history, and rich culture.
Despite its small size Sri Lanka hosts fourteen national parks and eight UNESCO world heritage sites. It also has many distinct weather micro-climates, to the extent that for every 20-kilometre travelled, one enters a different climate. There is a thrilling variety of wildlife on the island including leopards, sloth bears and rare bird species found nowhere but Sri Lanka. It has the unique distinction of being home to the two largest mammals in the world: the blue whale and the elephant.
Preparing For A Trip To Sri Lanka?
You will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can get a short stay visa online at: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. Although it is still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it is better to get one before you travel. If you arrive in Sri Lanka without a visa, you could face delays. For the most up-to-date advice on visas check with the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. If you experience any difficulty with the ETA System, or if you are travelling for paid or unpaid work, you should get a visa from the Sri Lankan High Commission before you travel.
Overstaying your visa will attract a fine and possible detention and deportation. If you have overstayed your visa, you must report to the Department of Immigration & Emigration
The ETA currently costs US$30 (approximately £20) and you should apply online via the official Sri Lanka government site http://eta.gov.lk/
Visas on arrival have been suspended for all travellers arriving from Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Sri Lanka.
If you wish us to assist your visa application, we will do it for a fee.
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Tourism Health Information
If you’re fully vaccinated
On 27 February, the Government of Sri Lanka announced that fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before arrival. You can read the details of the announcement here.
COVID-19 travel insurance is mandatory for all visitors. You can apply and pay online for the official Sri Lankan government’s scheme using this link. If you have your own travel insurance that specifically covers the treatment and care for COVID-19, you will not be required to obtain the Sri Lankan government’s COVID-19 travel insurance scheme. Further details can be found on the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority website.
Proof of vaccination status
Sri Lanka will only accept the UK’s printed version of proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies. They will not accept digital proof. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 and above entering Sri Lanka, will need to show proof of either a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before embarkation), or a negative Rapid Antigen Test report (taken within 48 hours before embarkation). Self-swab tests will not be recognised. See information on getting a test before entry. (Children under the age of 12 are exempt.)
COVID-19 travel insurance is mandatory for all visitors. You can apply and pay online. If you have full insurance cover that specifically covers COVID-19, you will not be required to obtain COVID-19 travel insurance. Further details can be found on the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority website.
Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated in Sri Lanka on the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority website.
Children and young people
Unvaccinated children aged 11 years and under of fully vaccinated parents who are tourists or foreign nationals, are allowed to travel with fully vaccinated parents.
Children between the age of 12-18 who have obtained at least a single dose of a recognised vaccine (at least 2 weeks before travel) will be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.
Unvaccinated children between the age of 12-18 entering Sri Lanka, will need to show proof of either a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before embarkation), or a negative Rapid Antigen Test report (taken within 48 hours before embarkation). Self-swab tests will not be recognised. See information on getting a test before entry.
If you’re transiting through Sri Lanka
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. Transit via Sri Lanka is permitted, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. Travellers should check with their airline on the transit times. There may be limited airside refreshment facilities available due to COVID-19 restrictions.
While the potential dangers of Sri Lankan travel may seem worrying, most travellers experience nothing more serious than an upset stomach. Travellers tend to worry about contracting infectious diseases, but infections rarely cause serious illness in healthy travellers.
Sri Lanka is malaria free destination!
Before you go:
Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. The doctors will take into account factors such as past vaccination history, the length of your trip, activities you may be undertaking and underlying medical conditions, such as pregnancy.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if, in the six days before entering Sri Lanka, you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that travellers to Sri Lanka consider the following vaccinations (as well as being up to date with measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations):
Adult diphtheria and tetanus Single booster recommended if none in the previous 10 years.
Hepatitis A Provides almost 100% protection for up to a year.
Hepatitis B Now considered routine for most travellers.
Japanese encephalitis Recommended for rural travel, people who will be doing outdoor activities or for anyone staying longer than 30 days.
Polio Incidence has been unreported in Sri Lanka for several years but must be assumed to be present.
Rabies Three injections in all. A booster after one year will then provide 10 years’ protection.
Typhoid Recommended for all travellers to Sri Lanka, even if you only visit urban areas.
Varicella If you haven’t had chickenpox, discuss this vaccination with your doctor.
Even if you are fit and healthy, do not travel without health insurance: accidents do happen. A travel or health insurance policy is essential. You may require extra cover for adventure activities, such as scuba diving. If your normal health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses abroad, get extra insurance. If you are uninsured, emergency evacuation is expensive, and bills of more than US$100,000 are not uncommon.
Dengue fever This mosquito-borne disease is becomingly increasingly problematic across Asia. As there is no vaccine available, it can only be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites at all times. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache and body ache and sometimes a rash and diarrhoea. Treatment is rest and paracetamol – do not take aspirin or ibuprofen as it increases the likelihood of haemorrhaging. Make sure you see a doctor to be diagnosed and monitored.
For more travel information see this website:
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Weather & When To Go
Sri Lanka is an all-year round destination. There are two monsoons effecting different parts of the island during different times. South and West is the best from November utill April. North and East is the best from April until September. There is always sunshine somewhere in Sri Lanka. Talk to us for details.
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Month by month weather in Sri Lanka:
– January to March
The weather from January to March is a beautiful and pleasant. An ideal time to be in the central hills or southwest Sri Lanka, as days are sunny and dry and the sea is usually calm. Famous Galle Literary Festival takes place annually in late January or early February. This is also the best time to spot whales, especially Blue and Sperm whales. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to spot Blue Whales with 95% chances during March.
- – April
April is hot month that starts the southwest monsoon, so the best place to be is in the north of the country, Cultural Triangle or on the eastern coast. The south remains warm and sunny, but showers increase and the seas aren’t so calm. The 14th April is Sinhalese and Tamil New Year. You still can see whales in the south but the best place is on the East coast Trinkomalee. If you touring around the island and want to spend some time on the beach then the East will be most pleasant.
While humid and hot South is still possible to visit, the North and East is much more pleasant and central hills are cooler but experience showers through May and June. In May, the Vesak Poya celebrates Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.
– July – Septemer
As the school holidays begin, it’s a good time to explore the cultural cities and wildlife of the north as well as the beautiful stretches of beach on the east coast. It’s important to plan in advance to ensure we can secure your first choice accommodation.
Kandy Perahera (July or August): This is a fun spectacle, with colourful processions and traditional dancing taking over the city to celebrate the famous Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa.
Between August and October you will have a chance to experience Elephant Gathering at Minneriya National Park – one of the World’s best wildlife spectaculars.
- – October – November
October and November continue to be warm and sunny all across Sri Lanka with rising humidity. It’s a period between two monsoons but the weather is much less predictable. Showers can occur frequently, however, it really does vary from year to year, so it’s impossible to forecast.
- – December
The south and west is pleasantly warm and dry, whilst the eastern coast and north starts to experience more rain. It’s important to plan well in advance as Christmas and New Year are very popular times to travel.
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Sri Lanka has many flight connections worldwide. Earth Trip always chooses the best flight connection for our clients taking their preferences of airlines and connection routes. Whether you want direct or indirect flights, we will choose the best possible option for you, and give you a range of choices. Wherever you are in the world we will give you the best route to our destinations. We will be able to arrange for you more services for your comfort, like airport car parks, airport taxi pick up and drop off plus upgrades and airport lounges.
Sri Lankan Air Lines will take you directly to Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport, colloquially known as Katunayake Airport and Colombo International Airport, which is the main international airport serving Sri Lanka from many destinations in Europe: London (UK) 10.30 hours. There are many indirect flights to Sri Lanka and we will find the best connection for the best price available. You can choose from Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Turkish Air, Oman and many more. As we organise tailor-made holidays we can also arrange the best flight connection of your preference.
Are you based outside of Europe? There are many interconnecting flights worldwide; we will help you to find the best one. There are also possibilities to stopover somewhere nice for a few days and make your holiday even more interesting.
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At The Earth Trip we will design and plan your personalised itinerary according to the exact requirements of your trip. Whether you prefer to be on a mountaintop or under a waterfall; wake up in the middle of a jungle or have a picnic with locals in the tea plantations – we select the accommodation and activities in order to suit not only your preferences, but also your budget.Discover Tailor-Made