CAN I TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA?
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Last Updated October 28th, 2021
Can I travel to Sri Lanka?
Yes! Travel is currently allowed to Sri Lanka! Sri Lanka is a stunning, diverse country and should be on anyone’s bucket list!
Here’s the entry requirements for Sri Lanka:
Can I enter Sri Lanka if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you’re a fully vaccinated traveller: You can travel around Sri Lanka and stay at any type of accommodation. You will still need to do a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test up to 48 hours before arrival. To find out all the deets check out this page. To prove that you are fully vaccinated, Sri Lanka will only accept the UK’s letter version of proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. They will not accept digital proof, for all details click here.
Can I enter Sri Lanka if I'm not vaccinated?
If you’re an unvaccinated/not-fully vaccinated traveller: You can still live your best life in Sri Lanka however this will be under Sri Lanka’s ‘Bio bubble’ and would be for a duration of 13 nights/14 days. Traveller’s would stay in a ‘Flexible bio-bubble’ with all facilities of the hotels made available and ability to visit approved tourist sites. You can find more out about this here.
Do I need a negative test to enter Sri Lanka?
All arrivals into Sri Lanka will need a COVID-19 PCR test. Everybody will need to fill out a health declaration form too.
Do I need to be vaccinated to enter Sri Lanka?
You don’t need a COVID-19 vaccination for entry however if you’re not fully vaccinated/unvaccinated it may restrict your entry into some destinations.
Do I need to quarantine when entering Sri Lanka?
There is no quarantine on arrival into Sri Lanka however if you’re not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated there are a few restrictions, you must stay under Sri Lanka’s ‘Tourism Bio Bubble’ and you will need to take PCR tests and only visit approved tourist sites. You can find out more here. https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/ Fully vaccinated travellers can explore Sri Lanka however they please and stay in any type of accommodation.
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm fully vaccinated?
If you are fully vaccinated, then before you travel back to England, you must take a COVID-19 test no more than 2 days before you travel to England and book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test that is to be taken after you arrive in England. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you can take the COVID-19 test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0. You have to quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you wait for the results but as soon as you get your negative result, you're good to go, you can end your quarantine!
Do I need to quarantine when returning to the UK if I'm not fully vaccinated?
If you are not vaccinated or only partially vaccinated, then the process is pretty similar for before you travel back to England. You must take a COVID-19 test no more than 2 days before you travel to England and book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests that are to be taken after you arrive in England. You'll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. When you're back in England, you must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0. You only have to take the day 8 test if the day 2 test is negative. If the day 8 test is negative, you're good to go, you can end your quarantine!
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 bucketlist. 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