Sri Lanka Flights Update

International flights to Sri Lanka

Two main airports: Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo) and Mattala International Airport (Hambantota) have been opened on 21 January 2021. International flights are gradually being resumed.

Transit through Sri Lanka

Transit via Sri Lanka’s airports is allowed, as long as the connecting flight is within 10 hours of arrival. A transit visa is not required if you are not leaving the airport.

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Flight deals from India to Sri Lanka
Route (Roundtrip)Avg Price 1Avg Club Price 2
Mumbai to Sri Lanka$350 (Rs70K)$120 (Rs24K)
Chennai to Sri Lanka$310 (Rs62K)$110 (Rs22K)
Kochi to Sri Lanka$830 (Rs166K)$480 (Rs96K)
Bangalore to Sri Lanka$220 (Rs44K)$100 (Rs20K)
Goa to Sri Lanka$280 (Rs56K)$120 (Rs24K)
Flight deals from Europe to Sri Lanka
Route (Roundtrip)Avg Price 1Avg Club Price 2
Amsterdam to Sri Lanka$580 (Rs116K)$220 (Rs44K)
London to Sri Lanka$510 (Rs102K)$200 (Rs40K)
Moscow to Sri Lanka$580 (Rs116K)$210 (Rs42K)
Paris to Sri Lanka$610 (Rs122K)$240 (Rs48K)
Zürich to Sri Lanka$680 (Rs136K)$260 (Rs52K)

(1) Average price in popular search websites over the last 6 months

(2) Average price sent to Air Traveler Club members over the last 6 months

(prices rounded up to the nearest tens of dollars)

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Travel & flight hacking

9 most effective flight hacks for Sri Lanka

  1. Watch for a good sale. Most airlines publish their web promotions frequently. To get a great bargain be sure to watch the airline sales over the course of several weeks.
  2. Avoid Sri Lanka's public holidays. Prices skyrocket during holidays and popular festivals – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. Cheap flights to Sri Lanka are non-existent during popular “red days” such as Thai Pongal Day (January), Mahasivarathri (February), Sinhala (April), and Tamil New Year (April). If you really have to travel to Sri Lanka during these peak periods it's wise to book the flights well in advance.
  3. Fly in the low season. Flying to Sri Lanka during the low season (April – March) is one easy way to save money on flights. With significantly fewer visitors, everything (including air tickets) is cheaper. Book at least 2 months before departure in order to get a below-average price. Avoid the peak season – January, November, and December.
  4. Book your flights in the local currency. Flight fares that a search engine or airline website quotes you often vary depending on where you book from. Try to spoof your location and currency so that it looks like you're booking the flight from the same country that it’s departing from. For example, if you are in the US and you're booking a flight from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Bangkok set the country in a search engine to Sri Lanka, and the currency to Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). This simple trick doesn't work every time (not all websites set prices the same way) but it can sometimes save you a significant amount of money.
  5. Set the currency to the currency of the airline's country. It's a variation of a 'hack' described above. If you're booking a flight with Malaysian Airlines, try setting the country to Malaysia and the currency to the Malaysian ringgit (MYR). If the airline website detects your real location using your IP address and automatically applies the adequate currency, you can overcome this by using a VPN to spoof your location.
  6. Join Air Traveler Club. A proven way to get great prices on flights to Sri Lanka is to become a member of the Air Traveler Club. It is free to join, and deals that the members get every week are priced at least 40% below the average airfare for a given route. Some of these 'hacker fares' can save you up to 80% (!) on your next flight.
  7. Find the best economy seats. Contrary to the popular view, not all economy seats on a plane are created equal. Some seats have slight advantages over others. It all depends on the aircraft, so we recommend visiting the SeatGuru website, where after entering your flight number you will be presented with a detailed seat map. Hover over individual seats to compare quality, and check out other travelers’ reviews.
  8. Lost baggage prevention. Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode which is used for identification and tracking – so the old tags can really confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.
  9. DM instead of the call center. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service. If the problem arises, social media is usually a faster way to contact a real human that can answer your questions. Don't count too much on airline call centers, they are usually super busy.

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