When to visit Sri Lanka

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    When is the best time to travel to Sri Lanka?

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    November is April tends to the best time to visit Sri Lanka. May-July see heavy showers along the west and southern coast from the southwest monsoons. October tends to be the wettest month with the southwest monsoons having a final say and arrival of northeast monsoons in the north and along east coast. November sees a decline in the southwest monsoons and plenty of sunshine can be expected in the west and along the southern coast from now till April. January sees the northeast monsoons winding down meaning the National parks of Yala and Wilpattu will be hot and dry.

    Do I need a visa?

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    All travellers to Sri Lanka require an Electronic Travel Authorization before they arrive in Sri Lanka. The ETA can be obtained by completing an application online along with applicable fees at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/. It is advised that you apply before your travel starts and carry the approved ETA when arriving in Colombo. At this point, it is stamped for entry along with your valid passport (minimum 6 month validity on date of return and two blank pages).

    What are the flying times? Are there any direct flights?

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    Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city with main international airport is well connected with direct connections from London and other European destinations. Direct flight would take approximately 11 hours. Many Indian cities such as Delhi, Cochin, Chennai and Mumbai also have direct flights to Colombo making it appealing to consider a multi-country holiday combining India and Sri Lanka.

    What vaccinations do I need for travel to Sri Lanka?

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    Specialised travel-medicine clinics or your GP are your best source of up-to-date information. They will recommend the requirement for any vaccinations which may be required. Another good source of information is the NHS travel medicine website fitfortravel.nhs.uk. The key for travel vaccinations is to plan early. Most vaccines don’t give immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given and vaccines like diphtheria and tuberculosis require a three-month incubation, so visit your GP well before departure. Ask your GP or travel clinic for an International Certificate of Vaccination (sometimes known as the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received.

    Is Sri Lanka a suitable family destination?

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    Sri Lanka does have its appeal for families looking for a mix of cultural sites, wildlife, walking & hiking trips, train journeys and experiences such as whale watching, elephant centre visits. It is easy to choose your experiences to travel and cover the length and breadth of this island country via car journeys. A well staffed villa with excellent facilities during the trip is the best way to relax as a family.

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