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Flights to Sri Lanka in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 9% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$909Average for round-trip flights in May 2021
Round-trip from$966From Las Vegas to Sri Lanka
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas to Sri Lanka

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Sri Lanka right now?

There are current restrictions for travel to Sri Lanka at this time. These restrictions are for the safety of Sri Lanka citizens and travelers alike and are as follows: Entry restrictions

Entry to Sri Lanka has been reinstated - with restrictions - for travelers and for tourism. Tourists may arrive through Charter Flights, Scheduled Flights or Private Jets, at both Katunayake and Mattala Airports. Please note that Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is certified as a safe airport by ACI airport health accreditation program. Visas must be applied for prior to arrival.

Entry requirements

Travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to departure. Children with a tourist visa under the age of 12 are exempt from PCR test requirement. Travelers must complete a Health Declaration Form and present it upon arrival. Tourist must purchase the mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover from People's Insurance PLC at USD 12 for a policy of USD 50,000 for a period of one month. Nationals of Sri Lanka must have an approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka or from a consulate of Sri Lanka, with the exception of nationals of Sri Lanka traveling with their foreign spouse, parents or children with a tourist visa.

Quarantine requirements

There are no longer quarantine restrictions in place for tourists in Sri Lanka. Travelers must have a negative PCR test result from an accredited laboratory taken 96 hours prior to arrival. PCR tests must also be taken again upon arrival to a pre-booked "Safe and Secure" hotel and again after 5-7 days depending on the duration of their stay. Tourists will also have assigned "bio bubbles" they must stay in for a 2-week period before they are permitted to explore the rest of the island and mix with the general population. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate their next flight.

Transiting rules

The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 10 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection.

If you must travel during this time and are allowed to based on current restrictions, please stay informed about updated travel safety tips.
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Which day is cheapest to fly to Sri Lanka?

At the moment, Thursday is the most economical day to take a flight to Sri Lanka. Sunday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Sri Lanka?

At the moment, flights in the evening are likely to offer the best value for money for your Sri Lanka trip. A flight in the morning will more often than not be of higher cost.

The tear drop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, situated just 31km off the southern coast of India, is often called the “pearl of the Indian Ocean”. Its beaches are palm-fringed and soft-sanded, its climate is hot and humid and its interior lush and verdant. Overall, it’s not hard to understand why tourists book flights to Sri Lanka every year to enjoy this island paradise.

Beautiful and idyllic it may be, but Sri Lanka is also rich in history. Galle port was used by Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays and Indians before the Portuguese, Dutch and, later, English arrived. As a result, the country has an intricate tapestry of cultural influence. Flights to Sri Lanka will deliver you to graceful people, a beautiful island and a rich holiday experience.

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How long is the flight to Sri Lanka from the US?

The flight to Sri Lanka from the U.S. will typically have a duration of 20h 30m, on average. Total flight time depends on the exact route, stopovers, and duration of those stops. Added stops and layover times can significantly increase your travel time, so be sure to compare total flight times before booking. Flights from New York are closer to 20h in duration while flights from LAX have an average flight time closer to 27h 30m.

Which cities offer direct flights to Sri Lanka from the US?

There are currently no direct flights offering service from the US to Sri Lanka. A number of one-stop flights are available from many larger cities, including Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Flights into Sri Lanka arrive at Columbo, with service available from China Eastern, Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, and Emirates. SriLankan Airlines often has Sri Lanka flight deals with reasonable stopovers and flight times.

What is the best way to travel around Sri Lanka?

The majority of tourists traveling around Sri Lanka choose to travel by road or train, as there is a well-developed road network throughout the country. Driving can be unpredictable, so most travelers will employ a local driver or choose public transportation. Several international agencies are available for car rentals, including Dollar, Thrifty, and Hertz. There are minibuses available or travelers can find rickshaws throughout the towns and villages, as well. Taxis are available but tuk-tuks (open rickshaws) are cheaper and readily available in most places. There are also buses available for long-distance trips, including public and private options. If you want to know the locals, the crowded public buses are fun, but for those who want comfort, a private line is preferred.

What are some things to do in Sri Lanka?

There are more than 1,000 miles of beaches in Sri Lanka, including one of the best that is located near the airport—Negombo Beach. Tourists frequent popular resorts like Bentota, Beruwela, Hikkaduwa, and Mount Lavinia, as well. Adam’s Peak is considered a holy site by many religions, and is also known as the Sacred Footprint. Anuradhapura offers ancient remains full of what was once a city of temples, palaces, and beautiful stone structures. In Kitulgala, you’ll find plenty of adventure and outdoor activities, including mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. White water rafting on the Kelani River is also a great experience or you can go diving around Pigeon Island. Yala National Park and Wilpattu National Park offer local wildlife safaris, as well.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Sri Lanka?

US citizens that fly to Sri Lanka for transit or tourism require prior approval from the Electronic Travel Authorization system, which is available from the airport upon arrival or you can get your ETA online before you travel to avoid delays on arrival. This allows visitors to remain in Sri Lanka for up to 30 days. Those who are transiting Sri Lanka without leaving the airport do not need an ETA. US residents visiting for short-term business can get a business ETA on arrival. You should be careful to apply for the appropriate travel authorization as using the wrong visa can result in deportation.

Sri Lanka climate

Sri Lanka is a tropical country with ocean winds cooling humid heat. Temperatures rarely fall below 60 F in the winter and summer temperatures average a hot 90 F. The monsoon season lasts from mid-October through January and leaves the island drenched. 

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Best Time to Fly to Sri Lanka

Thanks to the tropical weather that graces the island, there is no bad time to book flights to Sri Lanka…

Peak Season:
If you’re looking for cheap flights to Sri Lanka, try and visit in between the two rainy seasons. On the south-west coast and in the hills, it is driest between November and April. On the east coast, the best conditions are between May and September.

Off season:
Monsoon season is between May and July, and December and January.

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Getting around Sri Lanka

There is only one domestic plane service in Sri Lanka, ExpoAir, which flies between Colombo and Jaffna. For every other destination, take the train or bus. Three-wheel vehicles, known variously as tuk-tuks, bajajs or auto-rickshaws are a fun way of taking short trips. Independent travellers can rent motor-bikes and cars. Hiring a car and driver is another popular option; drivers will have local knowledge.

 

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Sri Lanka Travel Information

  • Colombo is the largest city in the country, though no longer the capital, and also the arrival point of all international flights to Sri Lanka. The city has been variously occupied by Portuguese, Dutch and British, leading to an interesting assortment of various architectural styles in the buildings.
  • Nuwara Eliya is the tea capital, the main hill resort. Due to its altitude – about 2,000m above sea level – it remains cool throughout the summer months and Sri Lankans flock here to escape the heat of the city. It is a town of English-style bungalows and afternoon tea.
  • Located about 85km from Colombo, the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage houses 75 elephants that were either lost or abandoned by their mothers. Established in 1975 by the Sri Lankan Government, this is a popular spot with visiting tourists.
  • The Green, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead and Hawkesbill marine turtles are all endangered and the government takes conservation efforts very seriously, for example paying local fishermen to protect natural turtle-nesting sites. Kosgoda and Rekawa are among the best known sites.
  • In the centre of the country, the sacred city of Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings of Ceylon. It is home to The Temple of the Tooth Relic. In July or August, the festival of Esala Perahera takes place. One of the inner caskets used for covering the tooth relic is taken through the city accompanied by dancers, drummers, flag bearers and brightly decorated elephants.

 

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How popular are flights to Sri Lanka this year?

Sri Lanka has seen a 67% decrease in demand for flights to the country compared to last year.

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