All you need to know if you’re traveling to Sri Lanka from India!
Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the holiday of your dreams and that is certainly true for Indian travelers. International travel to faraway continents and long haul flights may still seem a bit unnerving for some and that’s why Sri Lanka is the perfect choice for Indian travelers yearning for a change of scenery right now. A short 1.5-3.5 hour flight from any major Indian airport, will bring you to a tropical paradise surrounded by golden beaches, misty mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, mouth watering food and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. With the vaccination drive in full swing and the recent removal of ‘On Arrival PCR’ and quarantine measures for new arrivals, now is the perfect time to holiday in Sri Lanka!
Top 7 things to know if you’re traveling to Sri Lanka
1. Is Sri Lanka Safe?
Yes. Sri Lanka, like most countries, entered a ‘3rd wave’ of the pandemic back in July 2021, however thanks to quick and decisive action by the Sri Lankan government’s Covid Task Force, millions of people were vaccinated within a matter of weeks. As a result, since early September the number of detected Covid-19 cases in the community have been on a steady decline. As of 28 September, over 11 out of the country’s total population of 21 million people have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Over 54% of the total population has now been fully vaccinated, placing Sri Lanka ahead of the country average for global vaccinations. Sri Lanka hopes to have over 70% of the population fully vaccinated by year end. For a current vaccination status in Sri Lanka please click here. For live information on Covid-19 stats in Sri lanka please click here.
Am I allowed to travel to Sri Lanka from India?
Indians are welcome to travel to Sri Lanka and there are no existing travel restrictions for Indian travelers. You can refer here for more information.
3. Which carriers are operating between India and Sri Lanka?
Catching a flight from Delhi, Mumbai, or Chennai is the best way to reach Colombo and it takes less than 2 hours to travel from Chennai to Colombo. Most international carriers now operate with regular flights between India and Sri Lanka including Sri Lanka’s national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines. Visit the Sri Lankan Airlines website for more information.
4. What is the process if I want to travel to Sri Lanka?
a. Make sure you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have proof of vaccination.
b. Apply for the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) – more information here.
c. Provide a negative PCR test result carried out within 72 hours before entering Sri Lanka.
d. Fully vaccinated travelers who have completed 14 days of recommended doses of vaccination and arriving with a negative COVID-19 PCR Report done within 72 hours of embarkation / negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test report done within 48 hours prior to embarkation, will be released from airport and do not need to Day 1 PCR Test or undergo quarantine after arriving in Sri Lanka.
e. You are free to travel anywhere in Sri Lanka with a negative COVID-19 PCR Report done within 72 hours of embarkation.
f. ‘Non vaccinated and partially vaccinated’ travelers have the option of staying under the protection of the ‘Tourism Bio-Bubble’ created for international visitors by Sri Lanka Tourism. More details here.
g. All visitors pay mandatory local covid insurance of 12 USD with one month cover of 50,000 USD. Pay through visitsrilanka.gov.lk.
h. All visitors other than fully vaccinated will pre-pay the mandatory PCR Tests (40 USD per PCR test). Pay through visitsrilanka.gov.lk.
5. What documents do I need to carry with me?
a. Proof of vaccination.
b. Valid passport.
c. Completed Health Declaration Form.
d. Completed Electronic Travel Authorisation
6. Who can I contact for any travel related issues?
|Agency / Department||Phone|
|Sri Lanka Tourismfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|SL Covid Task Forceemail@example.com|
|Sri Lanka Airport||+94 11 226 firstname.lastname@example.org|
More important contact details here
7.Will I have to undergo quarantine requirements upon return back to India?
Some Indian states require Indian nationals returning from overseas to take RT-PCR tests on arrival according to the new guidelines More informationhere and here.
Visit www.lovesrilanka.org for holiday inspiration or ideas to plan your trip to Sri Lanka!
All information correct as of 20 October 2021