Flights to Sri Lanka from the UK

There are several airlines that fly from the UK to Sri Lanka. The only direct flights to Colombo International Airport (CMB) are operated by Sri Lankan Airlines. All the other airlines either go via the Middle East or Bangalore in India.  It is best to shop around between the Airlines as they can all offer very competitive prices at different times.

Sri Lankan Airlines www.srilankan.lk

Sri Lankan Airlines is the only airline that offers a direct service to Colombo.  Flights are from London Heathrow, Terminal 3.  A few flights stop for a very short time at Male in the Maldives but the majority are non-stop.

Qatar Airways www.qatarairways.com

These flights are from London Heathrow, London Gatwick as well as a few from Manchester. All flights have a stop-over in Doha.

Emirates www.emirates.com

These flights are from London Heathrow, London Gatwick as well as a few from Manchester. All flights have a stop-over in Dubai.

Colombo Airport

Colombo International Airport (CMB) is also known as Bandaranaike International Airport or Katunayake International Airport . It is about one hour’s drive north of Colombo city centre and is about 30mins drive south of Negombo.

Visas

You will need to obtain an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) prior to your visit to Sri Lanka. You can apply directly for an online ETA by visiting the following website: www.eta.gov.lk 

  • Do not apply too early as it is only valid for 90 days from the date you apply. 
  • The cost for the ETA is 35US$ (about £28) if you are a UK citizen. 
  • Children under the age of 12 are free. 
  • Payment is made by either credit card or e-commerce enabled debit cards. Only Visa, MasterCard and American Express Cards are accepted.
  • When applying, you will need your passport details, flight details and the name and address of your first hotel on your tour
  • Please do take the ETA with you when you travel. 
  • If you find that you can’t apply for one before you travel, you can obtain a Visa on entering Sri Lanka, for 40US$pp (about £32).

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