CAN I TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA?
Here's the latest on what we know…
Last Updated Jan 19th 2021
WHAT'S THE LATEST TRAVEL UPDATE FOR SRI LANKA?
What The Sri Lankan Government Says:
At the moment entry into Sri Lanka is prohibited for all non-nationals and they aren't issuing visas. They have also suspended all flights from the UK since the discovery of a new strain of COVID. Like all countries, this is under constant review and could change at any time. Sri Lanka has, on average 1.9M visitors from tourism every year, so the impact has been devastating. Sri Lanka as a country has done a great job at keeping the pandemic under control with currently a 96.6% success rate.
What The UK Government Says:
Sri Lanka is on the UK's Travel Corridor! However, if you are returning to the UK from Sri Lanka you will still need to self-isolate.
Addtionally, the UK has announced a new national lockdown that will last until at least mid-Feb so until then if you are in the UK you will need to stay at home :(
Vaccine Latest: What The Science Says
If there is a silver bullet to getting us back out there exploring, it’ll come from the wonderful men and women in the long white coats, rushing to produce a COVID vaccine. November has been the month of awesome news on vaccines. First, Pfizer & BioTech’s released 90% efficacy in stage 3 trials and could be administering vaccinations as early as Dec 11. This great news was soon followed by Moderna, who’s vaccine reported 94% effectiveness at halting the coronavirus infection.
The world’s top immunologists have come together in an unprecedented way to help get us out of this and save lives (we’ve got a lot of TruHeroes out there!), and now the latest vaccination trial from Oxford University and AstraZeneca is reporting ‘up to 90%' efficacy. The search and distribution of a COVID vaccine is really motoring now, so those chances you exploring getting to explore Sri Lanka with us in 2021 are going up all the time! Here’s to the nerds, f*ck yeah!
Whilst we won't be jetting off this weekend to Sri Lanka, things are looking promising and with borders under constant review and the situation ever-changing. They might open the borders sooner than we're thinking. So realistically we are still hopeful and will keep you up to date with any new information. Stay tuned!
WHEN SHOULD I VISIT SRI LANKA?
Don't stress because this beauty of a country is glorious all year round baby! The most popular time to visit is between December and May! This chunk of tiem is considered peak season in Sri Lanka. The weather is relatively constant all year round. Average temperatures are between 25-30°C, and the highlands are 15-18°C. A summer break, a winter break, Sri Lanka is good all year round! Even during monsoon periods, the weather is hot even if it's a little bit wet! It all depends on where you want to go and what you want to do! But Sri Lanka should be up there on ya list!
SAFARIS, SIGHTSEEING & LOADS OF CULTURE
Sri Lanka Travel Inspiration
So now that you know when to go, here's everything you need to know on what to do in Sri Lanka. We've narrowed down the best bits in this unreal country to make sure you experience the best of the BEST. We're in the know…let's make sure you are too!
Elephants? Buffalos? Monkeys? Sri Lanka is full of wildlife and what better way to see it than by a jeep safari! Head to Udawalawe National Park to see these beautiful creatures in real life. Ecotourism and the welfare of these animals are at the forefront of Sri Lanka's tourism, and efforts are consistently put in to ensure this responsible way of life continues. Elephants are lowkey our spirit animal. They eat a lot, mind their own business and love a bath after a long day. SAME SAME. Seeing them living their best life is an experience like no other. Hop in a jeep and spend a few hours driving around the local wildlife. Bring some tissues, because happy tears might just be shed.
KANDY TO ELLA TRAIN JOURNEY
The ultimate insta snap! If you've ever googled Sri Lanka, we're sure the first picture you would have seen is someone on the train from Kandy to Ella. Is it as good as the insta pics? HELL YEAH! The journey itself is known as one of the most scenic routes in the world. If you want to see the real Sri Lanka, look no further than the window of this train journey. It's a MUST DO in Sri Lanka.
HIKE, HIKE, HIKE!
Is there a better place to go hiking than Sri Lanka? With viewpoints like these, why look anywhere else?! Sunrise, sunset, hey, even stopping for lunch you can see some of the most beautiful views of this country. Grab those boots; it's time to explore! Trek up to Sigiriya Rock and climb Adam's peak. If there's a well-worn path, take it! Not literally, you could end up in the middle of nowhere, but you get the jisssttt. Sri Lanka oozes greenery, culture and more viewpoints than New York city itself. It's a dream, and we can't wait to go back.
Sri Lanka is a once in a lifetime experience. If you get the chance to visit more than once then hey, you're greedy ;) Just kidding…but it should be up there on your Bucket List. Although we can't run away right now, there's no better time to plan. Order that ugly bucket hat your mum hates, grab that journal you got for Christmas with the cringe phrase on the front "She believed she could...So she did" and make some PLANS!
As Always TruFam,
Don't Quit Your Day Dream