The world-renowned sandy beaches, luscious greenery, abundant wildlife and friendly people
of Sri Lanka are all set up and ready for your return! We have missed our constant travelers and Sri Lanka is on a steady road to recovery from the pandemic that shook the entirety of the world. We are now better than before and are awaiting the re-opening of the Airport in order to welcome our guests once more. In the meantime, here are some Sri Lanka travel tips for your next journey to this paradise island;
Before you arrive –
Special post COVID-19 travel regulations:
Post pandemic, things are looking a little different over here as safety while you travel is our primary concern. Therefore, the airport will undergo high intense cleaning multiple times during the day with other sanitary measures in place for employees at the premises. To this end, the Government of Sri Lanka has implemented certain special regulations for travelers as well.
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All you need to know COVID-19 testing:
The Authorities have prescribed that all travelers will be required to take a PCR tests three days prior to travel. Thereafter, a PCR test will be conducted upon your arrival at the Airport and five or seven days after your arrival in Sri Lanka, if you develop any respiratory symptoms. Travelers staying on for more than 10 days will be required to take a third test 10 or 12 days after their arrival in Sri Lanka.
All airlines will be allowed to commence commercial operations to Sri Lanka once the Airport is re-opened, so you can take a pick at which airline you prefer to fly. Further, every arriving passenger should submit a completed Health Declaration Form to health counters at the airport.
What about a visa?
Due to the present situation, the “Visa Free” status and the issuance of “On Arrival” visas are suspended until further notice. All international leisure travelers entering Sri Lanka are required to obtain online tourist visas before arrival. An online tourist visa fee of USD 100 (35+65=100) will be applicable until further notice (this is inclusive of the cost for 3 PCR tests.)
You need to obtain documents such as a valid travel insurance with health and hospitalization coverage for the entire duration of stay, a valid return air ticket, Travel itinerary and details of confirmed reservations made at SLTDA registered and ‘Safe & Secure’ certified accommodation establishments, with the first night stay at a facility in and around Colombo/ Negombo or Hambantota depending on the arrival airport for the processing of your online tourist visa.
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Best times to visit:
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination so anytime is a good time to visit Sri Lanka. There’s always a whole list of things you can do in this paradise island. However, if you’re looking for a particular experience its always best to plan your trip ahead. Don’t forget to consider the two major monsoons affecting Sri Lanka prior to booking your stay!
Make sure you pack the necessities for a fun-filled adventure! So, don’t forget to pack those fancy shades in, some light and airy clothes, sunscreen to avoid those extra-sunny days, insect and mosquito repellent to keep the crawlies away, swim wear and also your camera to make sure you capture all those insta-worthy moments.
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While you stay –
You can pick between public transportation such as by train or bus which are a guaranteed adventure owing to the scenic routes they take. You can also travel by private modes of transportation such as cars, tuk-tuk, or even self-drive. There are plenty of on-demand cab services such as Pickme, Uber and Kangaroo Cabs.
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What about the cash?
We suggest you withdraw your cash in batches using ATM machines which can be found in all cities and towns and always carry cash with you. Sri Lanka is mostly run on cash, so cash is a must-have! You can also get yourself a tourist SIM at the airport, which will keep you connected all around Sri Lanka.
Connectivity here in Sri Lanka is fast and reliable and you can top-up at most convenience stores. So, the good news is that staying connected and sharing news of your travels while in Sri Lanka is not a problem at all!
Culture is of importance here in Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka consists of majority of Buddhists and Hindus and their culture is typically built upon conservativeness and modesty. The country is dotted with temples and places of worship of all different sizes and you’re bound encounter many of them whilst you travel around. Temples will not entertain skimpy clothing and modest outfits are a must! Also, tattoos and clothing with Buddha are not just frowned upon but may even lead to detainment and deportation.
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Experiences not to be missed:
There are so many things to do and see in Sri Lanka, and it is quite a task to take a pick at what you may want to experience! However, some of these adventures are a must on your travels to Sri Lanka; and a hike up Sigiriya is right up on top of that list! Enjoy the view of stretches of luscious greenery on your train ride from Kandy to Ella and do not miss out on long escapades by the sea with tons of fun under the sun!
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Ditch the crowds and travel the roads less travelled:
With the best interest of social distancing at heart, if you wish to avoid mass gatherings and crowded sites; Sri Lanka is the place to go! Venture into the wild-unknown and go off the beaten tracks of Sri Lanka. Head out into the thick jungles on the lookout for some wildlife, dive into the great seas to swim around with our colourful marine life or even hike up one of the many mountains to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking sceneries from above.
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Stay where comfort meets convenience and splendour:
We at Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts have all the answers to your lodging needs. Whether it’s a place to stay in the heart of Colombo, by the beach, up on a hill or in the wild, we have got you covered! While you’re at it, enjoy the wide array of delectable dishes from various cuisines, local or otherwise, that we have put together just for you!
Experience Colombo at its best by staying at our city locations; Cinnamon Grand, Cinnamon Lakeside or Cinnamon Red in Colombo. They provide the perfect experience of city living where everything you need is located right at your doorstep.
Experience a different aspect of island living by staying at our other resort locations spread all over the island in Kandy, Hikkaduwa, Habarana, Trincomalee and Yala. Go ahead and book your stay with us and we will ensure that you experience Sri Lanka and have all the fun under the sun before you leave this beautiful paradise isle.
Fear of COVID-19? We’ve got you!
Cinnamon Care is in place to ensure your safety while you travel during this period. We have implemented enhanced measures including high frequency cleaning and disinfection of guest areas, use of approved disinfectants against the COVID-19 virus and other bacteria, compliance for supply chain deliveries, and cleaning protocols for culinary and housekeeping areas.
We’ve also made modifications to limit contact and maintain the required distance stipulated for physical distancing through seating arrangements in public areas and restaurants. What’s better? We’ve even adjusted our reservation policy to offer flexible booking options and cancellation at no extra charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival.
Travelling to Sri Lanka has been made that much easier now! Don’t miss this opportunity, visit Sri Lanka and experience the beauty of this paradise island like never before!
Author: Shenella Fonseka