Oh yeh, you heard it right, Sri Lanka just went on the UK GREEN LIST! For anyone that’s wondering what on earth I’m talking about… for many months now the UK Government has been using a highly controversial traffic system to ‘protect’ its borders. Well, the UK travellers will be pleased to hear that this system is being completely SCRAPPED and it’s now either ‘SAFE’ or ‘NOT SAFE’ to travel.
This is a HUGE win for the tourism sector which has been worst hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As travellers, you’ll be pleased to know that Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Australia are all on the ‘SAFE’ list and when these countries relax their own borders… we’ll be allowed in!
Sri Lanka is OPEN!
What makes this move by the UK Government even more exciting is the recent relaxation of quarantine rules when travelling to Sri Lanka. You can find exact details on the ‘Hello Again Sri Lanka’ website but in short,
travellers that have proof of a double vaccination will qualify for reduced quarantine of 24-48 hours (awaiting results of a negative PCR).
Update: Travellers that are now fully vaccinated will be fast-tracked through the arrival process with no requirement of quarantine or any form of PCR test on arrival. Tourists will just be required to take a PCR test 72 hours before leaving their home country. You can find out more information here 👈🏻
Once that all-important PCR result comes back negative you’ll be free to enjoy the incredible tropical island of Sri Lanka. At this present moment, I am sat in Unawatuna, one of the beachside spots in the Southern Province and we’ve recently completed all the mandatory procedures. The process itself was pretty straightforward with a few forms that needed filling in and documents submitted etc.
You can read more about UK travel rules on the .Gov website
Is Tourism Back in Sri Lanka?
In reality, things in Sri Lanka are still very ‘slow’, there is no sign of Pre-COVID levels returning anytime in the next 1-2 months. With that said tourism here is looking to revive ready for the ‘high season‘. Generally speaking, the best time to travel to Sri Lanka is between mid/late November through until the end of April. Outside of these times is extremely wet in the south with June, July & August seeing days or even weeks of constant rain.
Does this mean tours are back?
In short YES… but not until January 2022. We’ve made the difficult but sensible decision to postpone our start until January 2022 at the very earliest. We of course really want to get you all here to have an amazing time, but in reality, that time isn’t just yet. We at Feel Free Travel promise you the ‘trip of a lifetime’, we are not confident that this promise can be delivered while the country is still trying to find its feet after a tough and challenging few years for tourism.
January is a very good time to travel Sri Lanka as it’s in the heart of the high season and it’s also a popular time to travel in general. We have a departure planned for the 25th January 2022 which is already very well booked up, we are expecting this trip to run fully by the end of October/early November.
Read this: ’10 Absolute MUST DO’S when Travelling Sri Lanka’
Are you thinking about travelling Sri Lanka?
If the answers YES, you’re definitely on the right track for an AWESOME time! Sri Lanka is a country that is full of culture, adventure, incredible landscapes and warm kind-hearted locals. They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, I can confirm that my personal love for this island has been electrified since coming back only last week.
If you’re even half interested in joining us on a trip please get in touch and schedule a call via the link in our menu up top 👆🏻. If you want a 30 minute inspo session giving you endless reasons to come and travel this incredible island do get in touch!
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