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Key Information for Travelers to Sri Lanka

* Avoid travel to Sri Lanka
* If you must need to travel to Sri Lanka, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
*Because of the current situation in Sri Lanka even fully vaccinated travelers maybe at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.
* https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-sri-lanka#unvax
*Travelers should follow recommendations or requirements in Sri Lanka, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others.
*Quick guide for travelers.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-air-travel.html
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Russia Granted Three Flights per Week to SriLankan Airines

The aviation regulatory body of the Federation of Russia, Federal Air Transport Agency Russia (FATAR) has granted three flights per week to SriLankan Airlines. SriLankan airlines resumed scheduled weekly flights on 30th of July 2021 to Moscow and the negotiations were held parallel to this occasion. During the discussion of Sri Lanka bilateral relations, the Sri Lanka delegation skillfully negotiated by securing three weekly flights instead of approved two between Colombo to the Russian Capital Moscow.

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Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, Alexander V Neradko, Director General of FATAR, Vipula Goonathilaka, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines and senior officers of FATAR attended the negotiations.

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), Achievements and Accomplishment based on His Excellency’s National Policy Framework

Achievements and Accomplishment based on His Excellency’s National Policy Framework – “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor”

Receives recognition under the leadership of Mr Upul Dharmadasa, the Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka,

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Achievements and Accomplishment of the CAASL

Travel related health directive issued by Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka

By- Mr Upul Dharmadasa
Chairman
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka


Quarantine Measures for TRAVELERS arriving from overseas during the Pandemic of COVIC-19.

Quarantine Measures for fully Vaccinated Sri Lankans or Dual Citizens who have a residence/ home in Sri Lanka.

See attached for detailed information.

7th June Health Directive 2


4th June CAA Notice N Tou 2


SriLankan Airlines introduces neighbour-free travel on Economy class

SriLankan Airlines unveiled Neighbour Free Seats, which allows passengers to purchase an empty seat or row beside them on a flight, at a nominal price set by the airline, ensuring the seat or row remains vacant on economy class, giving passengers the option to physically distance themselves inflight and fly in comfort with more space and privacy.

In a statement, SriLankan Airlines said Neighbour-free seats provide customers with generous legroom and more space to relax during the flight. Also, it benefits concerned travellers by enabling passengers to block seats around them, providing an effective solution for social distancing onboard.

These seats will be offered to all Economy Class passengers holding a confirmed booking on SriLankan Airlines. Passengers will be able to pre-book empty seats, as these are subject to availability. This feature is available on https://srilankan.com/en_uk/plan-and-book/neighbour-free-seats.

SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Vipula Gunatilleka said, “This innovative product helps to improve the experience of passengers flying in economy class. Giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy an extra bit of space when travelling, thereby heightening their travel experience onboard. We are also looking at making this a permanent product on our ancillary product portfolio.”

Before the lead-up to the flight, passengers are notified of the availability of this facility via email. Passengers can select their desired blocked seats directly from the seat map on www.srilankan.com, based on load factor and available inventory. The option to block seats on SriLankan Airlines flights is available between 48 to 04 hours before departure.

Neighbour Free Seats provide every travel party type from solo travellers, couples, and families with their ideal journey. As couples who travel have the entire row to themselves, parents travelling with infants have the extra assurance of more space while traveling during pandemic times. This platform enables social distancing across a variety of seat configurations, on both narrow and wide-body aircraft.

“The main objective of the project was to offer a more comfortable and premium experience to our Economy Class passengers onboard all of our flights while staying true to our vision of being the most customer centric airline in Asia. This is just one of the many upcoming new features we are working on to enhance the passenger journey. I would like to thank all the teams involved in bringing this project to fruition” stated, Conrad Reshantha Manager IT Projects and Systems Integrations of Sri Lankan Airlines.

For more information: http://www.dailymirror.lk

Amazing Deals!!! Sigiriya Jungles Journey Scapes Hotel

Warm Greetings from Sri Lanka!

We are quite aware of the frustration building up presently due to Covid-19 and its effects on travel. People are very conscious when planning their holidays these days and for sure dreams are building up and real holidays will come sooner than later.

Taking into account these developments we are now fully equipped to serve you under the health & safety guidelines imposed by Sri Lanka Tourism. We were in fact certified as a “safe & secure compliance” Inbound Tour Operator, evaluated by the famous International Accounting & Audit company KPMG

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“m Stop”: Army designed Sri Lanka’s first multi-functional bus halt accredited to the public…

Sri Lanka’s first-ever multi-functional bus halt which is air-conditioned and powered by solar power was opened to the public on 17, March 2021 near the ‘Diyatha Uyana area in Battaramulla. Sri Lankan Army personnel from Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Regiment should be praised in the account of bringing the concept to reality. 

This eco-friendly bus stop incorporates digital accessories with comfortable infrastructure and it is too embodied with an ATM, Wi-Fi facilities, CCTV surveillance, city map navigation system, digital LCD to telecast mini commercials, air-conditioned seating area for the passengers, demonstration of the bus time table marking the arrivals and the departures. Moreover, it includes mini shops with reloading facilities. 

More information on: http:// newswire.lk

Reinventing Sri Lanka: SL has welcomed over 1500 Tourists since February, 2021



Sri Lanka reopened its borders to foreign nations on January 21, for the first time since March 2020 after a lapse of nearly 10 months. Despite a decrease of 99.3% in arrivals compared to January 2020, it is accounted that Sri Lanka has welcomed 1682 tourists. Accordingly, Ukraine, Germany, Belarus, China, and Russia have become the top 5 source markets to slowly pick up the tourist industry in SL.



Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, the country’s doors were closed to foreign nations from March 18, 2020. With reopening to the international travelers, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) plays a vital role in promoting theisland as a safe destination to be explored by foreign nations. Among the key measures taken by them, the “Hello Again” pilot project which was undertaken by the Sri Lankan government on 28 December 2020, and several pioneering programs started simultaneously to kick off the severely stricken tourism industry in Sri Lanka, can be remarked.



The next key attempt was executed by the National Sri Lankan Airlines recouping the Frankfurt-Colombo route by functioning two direct flights per week, to increase the arrival of German tourists.

Moreover, the “bio-bubble” concept functioning in the local tourism sector and offering of a ‘quarantine free experience with curtailed ‘no minimum stay’ for the foreigners are some other aspects of the measures taken. To pick up the Sri Lankan hard-hit tourism industry SLTDA has taken a new measure to further unleash the restraints on protocols, which is the number of mandatory tests required was reduced from three to two with a necessity for being quarantined less than 14 days.

SRI LANKANS: MAKING A STRANGER FEEL LIKE FAMILY

I didn’t know much about Sri Lanka before my visit. Most of what I knew was picked up via the news and a few blog posts written by friends. Sri Lanka was a blank slate I was eager to fill in.

I found Sri Lanka to be a nation of luscious jungles, epic waterfalls, stunning hikes, Tomb Raider-esque archeological ruins, unattractive cities, and delicious food.

But the one thing that really stood out was the people.

I know, I know. What a cliché, right?!

It’s the most generic thing to say in travel. “The people in this destination were lovely and totally made the place.”

Everyone always says that.

Sure, you’ll find that some cultures really are more outgoing and friendlier to strangers than others.

But Sri Lankans stood out in a way I’ve never experienced before.

They are the first, second, third, and fourth things that come to mind when I remember my time in their country. I was amazed at how friendly, curious, and hospitable people were.

As a traveler, although you want to be open to experiences with everyone, you also have to keep a wary eye out in order to make sure you aren’t getting scammed or put in a dangerous situation. There’s a lot of “gut-checking” on the road.

Take, for example, tuk-tuk drivers. Having spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, I’m used to dealing with tuk-tuk drivers who badger you for a ride and constantly try to rip you off or take you to shops where they receive kickbacks if you make a purchase.

In contrast, throughout Sri Lanka, I found tuk-tuk driver after tuk-tuk driver would slow down, ask if I wanted a ride, and then, when I said no, wish me a good day and drive off. No badgering! (OK, a tiny bit in Colombo, but that was mild when compared to other countries.)

Moreover, I found the tuk-tuk drivers to be honest brokers, giving me rates close to what guesthouse owners said they should be. (I never thought I would use the term “honest” and “tuk-tuk drivers” in the same sentence.)

Then there were the locals who would approach me near a tourist site or on the street. After years of travel, my initial thought when this happens is usually: “Here is yet someone else trying to sell me something.”

As they started asking me about where I was from and how I liked their country, I was expecting them to get into “the sell,” but instead was shocked that they would then just wish me well and walk away.

Is this a trick? I thought.

Nope, they were simply interested in my experience of their country. It caught me off guard the first couple of times but, after a while, I relished each opportunity to meet someone new. Each day there would be countless interactions with people just happy to engage with a traveler.