SriLankan Airlines to resume flights By Laura Pillay |07 December 2021
SriLankan Airlines will as from December 12 resume flights to Seychelles with flight UL 707/8, connecting the island nation to its global route network via Colombo.
With its return to Seychelles’ shores, flights are scheduled once a week, every Sunday.
The award-winning Sri Lankan national carrier officially took over the Seychelles-Colombo route in October 2016, replacing Mihin Lanka. In fact, Seychelles represents the first destination in East Africa to which the airline flies.
As per health protocols in place, fully-vaccinated visitors to Sri Lanka are required to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours prior to embarkation, with children below the age of two exempted.
Fully-vaccinated travellers are exempted from the mandatory Covid-19 local insurance cover, although they are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance in the event that they need health and Covid-19 related expenses. Unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated children between 12 to 18 are also required to undergo on arrival PCR testing at a cost of $40. Once at the airport, travellers will be required to produce negative PCR tests, their original vaccination certificate or card, and completed Health Declaration forms for each passenger.
Fully-vaccinated travellers are allowed to make their own arrangements with regards to accommodation, airport transfers and transportation, but however advised to use certified accommodation and travel agents to ensure their health and safety.
As for unvaccinated or those who are not fully vaccinated, they also have to produce a negative PCR test on arrival taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation. Upon arriving in Sri Lanka they are to stay in the Tourism Bio-Bubble for a duration of seven nights. They are allowed to visit approved tourist sites and use all facilities of the hotel upon negative on-arrival PCR tests (at L1 hotels).
For this class of travellers, prior to boarding they must pay for the mandatory Covid-19 insurance cover at USD 12 for a policy of UAD 50,000 for a period of up to one month, PCR tests, and a pre-confirmed booking at a Level 1 ‘Safe and Secure Certified hotel’. Details of L1 certified hotels can be found on www.srilanka.travel/helloagain . As is the case for fully-vaccinated travellers, this class of visitors are also required to produce completed Health Declaration forms for each passenger, and accompanying children.
The island country also has health protocols applying for Covid-19 recovered travellers who have contracted the virus within the past 6 months from travel. Those who are fully vaccinated or have received one vaccination dose should carry with them their diagnosis card, positive antigen test report and verifiable evidence as proof of past history with illness. As for Covid-19 travellers who are not vaccinated, they will join other visitors in the Tourism Bio-Bubble, albeit for a shorter, flexible period.
Traveller staying in the Tourism Bio-Bubble will also be tested prior to exiting the facility, on differing days depending on their statuses.
Sri Lanka Tourism has relaxed the travel restrictions for international tourists from October 1, 2021.