"Safe and Secure Level 1" hotels
Hotels of this certification are available to non-vaccinated and vaccinated travelers:
"Other certified Safe & Secure" hotels
Hotels of this certification are available to vaccinated travelers who have presented a negative PCR result upon arrival at Colombo airport and then wish to explore the country with the "Travel Pass", e.g. during an Ayurveda treatment.
FAQ - Frequently asked questions about the reopening of Sri Lanka
No. The "Safe and secure level 1" hotels form so-called bio bubbles, in which you can move freely during the first 14 days after entry, provided that your first PCR test after arrival at the hotel is negative. Under special security measures, excursions to attractions are then also possible during this time, as long as none of the further PCR tests are positive. In case of a positive test, you will be rebooked to another hotel area to allow isolation for the time being.
All visas must be applied for online via the ETA portal of the Immigration Department.
Yes, this costs USD 12 for one month. You can purchase the insurance online via a service that Sri Lanka provides. Our travel experts will gladly give you more information.
Yes, if you are not vaccinated. After obtaining the visa, two PCR tests must be purchased and will be performed directly at the hotel during your stay. The first PCR test will be performed upon arrival at your hotel before check-in. The second PCR test will be performed one day before your departure. For stays of 14 nights or more, the second test will be done on the 13th day of your stay. The price for each PCR test is USD 40. You can purchase the tests in advance through the hotel. Payment can be made either at check-in or in advance via credit card.
Yes, there are local exceptions for travelers who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes that vaccinated travelers are free to choose whether they book a Level 1 or an Other certified hotel. However, in Level 1 hotels, the same requirements apply to vaccinated guests as to unvaccinated guests, except that they are not required to take PCR tests. If you choose an Other certified hotel, then as a vaccinated guest you do not have to have another PCR test done at check-in, the negative test result from home (max. 72 hrs. old) is sufficient.
With the opening of the border, hotels in Sri Lanka are differentiated according to certain categories. Of all the "Safe & Secure" certified hotels, "level 1 hotels" are the accommodation service providers and accommodation providers that can only be booked by international tourists during the first 14 days of their vacation. Level 1 hotels cannot accept bookings from locals and are not allowed to hold events or banquets for locals. Employees are required to maintain a quarantine before interacting with guests.
The Ayurvedic treatment can be started immediately or, in level 1 hotels, after the first negative test result in the hotel (about 24 hours after arrival). The Ayurvedic treatments and also the Panchakarma treatment can be performed. There are small exceptions such as facial and nasal treatments, which are limited. Check with us directly to find out what services are currently available at your favorite hotel. Those who are already fully vaccinated can start directly, as there is no waiting time for the test result.
You can also book different hotels. In principle, all certified hotels are available to vaccinated travelers. However, during the first 14 days of your stay, as an unvaccinated traveler, you can only change hotels if they are other "Safe & Secure" level 1 certified hotels.
Yes. After the first 14 days in one or more "Safe & Secure" Level 1 hotel(s), you can book, for example, a round trip or a stay in a hotel that is not Level 1 certified. You decide how long your trip lasts in total. Long Stay offers are also available. Feel free to contact us.
Please note that the listed terms are subject to change at any time. This page is updated regularly. However, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Please feel free to contact us.