A recent European traveler’s experience in Sri Lanka

22nd October, 2021 News and Updates

“My time in Sri Lanka was one of the most enjoyable trips I have ever had. Given that there were fewer tourists around I felt like I had the whole country to myself!” ~ Karen from the Netherlands, on her recent trip to Sri Lanka in September 2021

Sri Lanka consistently ranks among the world’s most popular destinations for travelers seeking authentic travel experience and was recently voted among `The Best Countries to Travel to in 2021’ in Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. Boasting golden beaches, sunny weather, lush tropical jungles, awe-inspiring wildlife, beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls as well as friendly locals, Sri Lanka offers the perfect tropical getaway for European travelers.

Almost 60% of the population is currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Sri Lanka and the aim is to reach 70% by year end. The country has also recently relaxed all entry restrictions for fully vaccinated international travellers who can present a negative PCR done 72 hours prior to arrival. Most local hotels and restaurants are now reopening after the lengthy closure due to the impact of the pandemic.

In addition to this, the upcoming season between December and April, while being cold and grey in most of Europe, is the best time to visit the west and south coasts of Sri Lanka as well as the Cultural Triangle.

We understand that some of you may have a few questions before you book your trip to Sri Lanka, that’s why we spoke to Karen, a recent traveler from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to find out exactly how she found her experience on her recent trip to Sri Lanka and what processes she followed. Karen is fully vaccinated and her last vaccination was 2 weeks prior to her trip to Sri Lanka. The below is a summary of Karen’s trip to Sri Lanka from 5 – 25 September 2021.

1. What country & town do you live in?

Amsterdam, Netherlands

2. Can you please talk us through the process of formal applications/ booking tickets that you went through?

3. Which SL websites or information sources helped you most?

4. What was the process to fly out from your town – were there any special protocols?

5. Describe your journey from Amsterdam to Sri Lanka

6. What happened from the moment of landing

7. Was the process of arriving in SL smooth? YES

8. Tell us what your time in Sri Lanka was like, where you stayed and how you met with people

9. Tell us a bit about your exit experience

10. What is your advice to people who want to visit Sri Lanka?

We hope reading Karen’s story will encourage you to start planning your trip to Sri Lanka! For all the necessary information you need to make your trip to Sri Lanka seamless, read our latest blog on “All You Need to Know if You’re Travelling to Sri Lanka from Europe!”