Author Archive for Tourism

Red list booking surge: Holiday sites see increase in demand for trips to Maldives, Mexico and Sri Lanka with government set to halve number of no-go destinations in travel shake-up

Friday, September 17th, 2021

By MARK DUELL FOR MAILONLINE and DAVID CHURCHILL and JASON GROVES FOR THE DAILY MAIL Courtesy MailOnline Travel experts anticipate ‘large increase in bookings this weekend’ for foreign trips if changes take place Government is expected to tear up testing rules for the fully vaccinated in time for the half-term holidays Expedia says Mexico is most popular red list country […]

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SriLankan Airlines offers “Buy One Get One Free ticket” to Indian tourists travelling to Sri Lanka

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, August 29 ( – Sri Lankan Airlines is offering a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket offer to Indian tourists travelling to Sri Lanka. The offer is only valid for Indian nationals travelling on a tourist visa. Exciting offer from SriLankan Airlines! Buy One Get One Free from #India to #SriLanka. Offer […]

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SriLankan to operate regular flights between Colombo & 9 Indian cities

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi says that SriLankan Airlines will operate 4 weekly flights to Chennai, 4 to Mumbai and one to Bangalore under its new schedule, and is expected to introduce significant frequency enhancements after the country opened it borders to India. Under the new schedules, the airline will be resuming […]

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Sri Lanka green light for Covaxin: Opens quarantine free for fully jabbed Indian tourists

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia New Delhi, August 26 (TOI) – Sri Lanka has reopened for fully vaccinated tourists from India — including those who have got Covaxin— SriLankan Airlines’ head of worldwide sales and distribution, Dimuthu Tennakoon, told TOI on Tuesday. Also, there is no requirement for quarantine for travellers who test Covid negative on arrival in the Emerald Island. Sri Lanka […]

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BUSINESSSri Lanka Tourism attracts over $950 million in tourism investments despite pandemic

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Sri Lanka Tourism Courtesy The Island Foreign investment is a key driver of economic growth, as is the revenue generated via tourism. As one of its primary exports, tourism remains Sri Lanka’s calling card to the world. Over the last fifteen months (March 2020-June 2021) the government has attracted over $950 million in investments, dedicated […]

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Aeroflot will operate flights to Sri Lanka from September 2, opens ticket sales

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Courtesy TASS Russian citizens can enter the territory of Sri Lanka, having previously issued an electronic visa MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS/. Aeroflot has opened the sale of tickets for direct flights on the Moscow-Colombo (Sri Lanka) route, the flights will be operated from September 2 twice a week, the airline said in a statement on […]

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Sri Lanka-Russia direct flights resume after 6 years

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana SriLankan Airlines has resumed direct flights between Sri Lanka and Russia from today (August 01) after six years. The SriLankan Airlines flight UL534, which departed from Moscow, Russia, arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 06.30 this morning, Ada Derana Airport correspondent said. Accordingly, 51 passengers including foreign tourists were present in the […]

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Sri Lanka exempts fully vaccinated travellers from quarantine as vaccination drive gains steam

Monday, July 19th, 2021

By Feizal Samath Courtesy ttgasia Sri Lanka is now allowing fully vaccinated international travellers to enter the country without undergoing quarantine, as the country looks to restart its tourism engine. Vaccinated tourists are required to only spend 24 hours in a dedicated hotel facility to await their on-arrival PCR test results. Once they test negative, they […]

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How we can all help Sri Lanka recover from tragedy through tourism

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

Hayley Skirka Courtesy The National After the Easter Sunday bombings, we look at how travellers can help the island – which has already been ravaged by civil war and a 2004 tsunami – rebuild again hile it was named Lonely Planet’s top travel pick for 2019, Sri Lanka is a country that has been free from civil war […]

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Passengers from SL will not be allowed to travel to UK after June 8: SriLankan Airlines

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The SriLankan Airlines announced today that passengers from Sri Lanka will not be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom from June 8 unless they are a British, Irish national or anyone with residence rights in the UK as Sri Lanka will move to the red list” of countries entering the […]

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UK adds seven countries to travel ‘red list’, including Sri Lanka.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Britain added seven countries, including Egypt and Sri Lanka, to its red list” of destinations that require hotel quarantine on return to England on Thursday, in a review that also saw Portugal move from green” to amber”. Britain added seven countries — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and […]

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Ban on inbound passengers lifted from 01 June

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Courtesy Ceylon Today The ban imposed on all arrivals will be lifted from 01 June, the Civil Aviation Authority says. In a statement, the CAA mentions that restriction will continue to adhere to passengers who have been India within the last 14 days. Sri Lanka previously banned all arrivals from 22 to 31 May. However, […]

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Sri Lanka-India travel bubble delayed

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has decided to postpone launching the proposed travel bubble” with India, in the wake of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in India, officials at the Indian Ministry of Tourism said. We are just postponing the bubble, this is not a cancellation. When things get better in India, we look forward […]

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Friday, April 16th, 2021

Sri Lanka News Holidaymakers to Sri Lanka who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be given more freedom than non-vaccinated tourists.

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ÀNI Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s post-pandemic haven

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Courtesy Spear’s  As Sri Lanka becomes the first Asian country to welcome back UK visitors (following a negative PCR test 96 hours before arrival), ÀNI Private Resorts offers guests the incredible opportunity to stay in their exclusive private paradise at the stunning ‘Safe & Secure Level One Certified’, COVID-free resort: ÀNI Sri Lanka. ÀNI Sri […]

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Russia resumes flights to 06 countries including Sri Lanka

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Source: TASS Russia has officially resumed flights to Sri Lanka and several other countries, namely, Germany, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Syria on April 1, according to a decision made by the country’s anti-coronavirus crisis center last week. The crisis center noted that regular flights would be resumed in a limited format. Most quotas have been […]

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Russia to resume commercial flights to Sri Lanka next month

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Russia has decided to resume commercial flights to six countries including Sri Lanka from the 1st of April, the country’s emergency response centre said on Thursday (March 25). Accordingly, commercial flights to Germany (Frankfurt-Moscow/St Petersburg-Frankfurt/ Moscow-Berlin), Venezuela (Moscow-Caracas), Syria (Moscow-Damascus), Tajikistan (Moscow-Dushanbe), Uzbekistan (Moscow-Tashkent) and Sri Lanka (Moscow-Colombo) will recommence from the aforementioned […]

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Sri Lanka has reopened to tourists: here’s everything you need to know before visiting

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Courtesy The National Travellers visiting the Indian Ocean country must have a negative PCR test result, take another test upon arrival and stay in a government-approved hotel Sri Lanka has reopened to tourists for the first time in almost a year. The island nation, which is a favourite with holidaymakers from the UAE, closed […]

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Tourists trickle back to Sri Lanka after borders fully reopen to all except UK visitors

Monday, January 25th, 2021

By Feizal Samath Courtesy ttgasia Sri Lanka has welcomed its first batch of visitors from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, after reopening its borders to foreign tourists last Thursday, following a 10-month pandemic-induced closure. The lifting of the ban on all commercial travellers, bar those from the UK which is currently under lockdown amid a virus […]

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Sri Lanka to welcome back tourists, but with strict Covid-19 rules

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Courtesy Mailonline Sri Lanka is famous for its picturesque beaches, but the country’s tourism industry has been devastated by the pandemic Sri Lanka will reopen its borders to foreign tourists this week after a 10-month hiatus, officials said Monday, with travellers subject to tough Covid-19 protocols. The announcement came despite a surge in Covid-19 cases […]

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Sri Lanka reopens borders to tourists this Thursday

Monday, January 18th, 2021

By Feizal Samath Courtesy ttgasia Sri Lanka will once again welcome tourists on January 21, this time under a bio bubble, following a successful pilot programme to assess the country’s capability in managing tourists under a bio bubble amid the pandemic. A daily limit of 2,500 inbound tourists has been set. While tourists do not need to undergo mandatory […]

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Sri Lanka to Open All International Airports on 23rd Jan

Sunday, January 10th, 2021

Courtesy Travelradar Today, the Sri Lankan government announced that it will open its international airports once again.  Flight operations will start from the 23rd of January of 2021.  Foreign travellers visiting the country can now visit 12 of the country’s major tourist attractions once again; The moves comes following months of Coronavirus travel restrictions in […]

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Udayanga, safari drivers in bio bubble: Tourism Minister

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror All those who dealt with the Ukrainian tourists including Udayanga Weeratunga and safari drivers have been included in the bio bubble in order to be separated from the society, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga told Parliament today. He said that the measure had been taken to prevent them from […]

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185 tourists to arrive from Ukraine as airports reopen for commercial flights

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka is reopening its airspace for commercial flights as the island nation looks to once again kick start the tourism industry which was on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly a commercial flight carrying 185 passengers from Ukraine is expected to reach the Mattala Airport at around 1.30 p.m. today, marking […]

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Jet2 and TUI cancel more holidays as Sri Lanka also announces ban on Brits

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Courtesy Travelmole Jet2 and TUI have cancelled a further raft of holidays as countries across Europe and the world close their borders to British holidaymakers. Sri Lanka became the latest country to announce a ban on UK flights this morning due to fears of a new strain of coronavirus spreading across Britain. TUI has extended […]

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Maldives to operate scheduled flights to MRIA

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Director of Operations of the Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka, Shehan Sumanasekara stated that the national carrier of Maldives will commence scheduled flights to Sri Lanka from today (23). Accordingly, scheduled flights operated by Air Maldives will fly into Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). According to Sumanasekara, the project is part […]

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Russian tour group allowed to enter SL; first to arrive after reopening airport: CASL Chief

Sunday, December 20th, 2020

T.K.G. Kapila Courtesy The Daily Mirror A Russian tour group has been granted permission to visit Sri Lanka and will be the first batch of tourists to enter country after the reopening of the airport on December 26, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CASL) Chairman Upul Dharmadasa said. He said this Russian tour group […]

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Ukraine International Airlines launches charter flights from Kyiv to Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Courtesy 112 Ukraine Flights will be operated from December 28, 2020 to March 10, 2021 Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) launches charter flights from Kyiv to Sri Lanka. This was reported on the airline’s website. Flights will be operated from December 28, 2020 to March 10, 2021. The planes will fly from Boryspil airport to Mattala airport.Related: Ryanair opens ticket sale […]

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Sri Lanka to resume commercial & charter flights from Dec. 26

Saturday, December 12th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka will be resuming operation of commercial and charter flights from the 26th of December this year, says the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL). The CAASL has informed the civil aviation authorities around the world of the proposed resumption of flight operations to Sri Lanka. As the aviation regulator of […]

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Win an eight night luxury stay in Sri Lanka, flights included

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Simon GarnerMonday Sun, sand, sensational scenery – sounds like the perfect antidote to 2020, right? Which is why we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a holiday to Sri Lanka for two, where they’ll stay in three boutique hotels with full-board. The first port of call is a homestay at the cosy Villa […]

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