Flying over Sri Lanka
Both an independent trip to Sri Lanka and a holiday with a tour operator assume that you will have to take care ofthe Sri Lankan visaon your own. Yes, it is needed, but it is easy to get:
- Either you fill out a short application on the website and pay $52 per person (with a card from a foreign bank or UnionPay from a non-sanctioned Russian bank). In 15 minutes your visa will be emailed to you. You can stay in the country for up to six months.
- Or you can not worry at all and apply for a visa at the airport upon arrival. You'll have to stand in line and pay $8 more (that is, $60).
Sri Lanka and Russia have been connected by direct flights for quite a long time, but there is a gradation by season and departure cities. In autumn, winter and spring, planes depart from Russia and directly to Sri Lanka from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Tyumen, Novosibirsk and other cities with a population of over a million. In summer, flights remain only from Moscow and Yekaterinburg.
As for organizing the trip, there is also room to roam:
✔️ Choose a ready-made tour with flights, accommodation and transfer on Travelata
✔️ Or buy separate air tickets to Aviasales and find a hotel or guesthouse on Ostrovka ( if you don’t have a foreign bank card)
Closer to our winter, when the holiday season in Sri Lanka comes into full force, the prices are not at all inspiring – from 90,000 rubles for a direct round-trip flight per person, from 200,000 rubles for a week-long tour for two. A flight with a transfer will help you save money: without hesitation, we took a ticket from Moscow to Colombo with a stop in the UAE for 60,000 rubles (and tours with this method of travel cost from 150,000 rubles for two). In summer, the price tag is sometimes a little lower, but not much.
When is it better to go on holiday to Sri Lanka: high season and rainy season
When is the best time to go on holiday to Sri Lanka:
Red background – I advise you not to go here
Green background – the best month for a holiday in Sri Lanka on this coast
Yellow background – unclear month, weather from ⬆️ goes to ⬇️ or vice versa
Surf season in Sri Lanka