Important Travel Advice


Booking your flights

You must purchase your own return flights to Sri Lanka. In doing so, ensure you book a flight that arrives on time for the 10am pickup from Colombo on Day 1 of the Retreat as we cannot accommodate late arrivals. Please note that most flights from Australia/Europe/USA (via a transit point in Asia) tend to arrive at Bandaranayake International Airport in Sri Lanka between 10pm and 2 am. You will therefore be required to arrange overnight accommodation on the day of arrival. For your return flight, we suggest you book flights that depart after 6pm on the last day of the Retreat to accommodate travel time to the airport. If you are uncertain about your flight bookings and times, please contact us as we are happy to assist.

 

Passport and visa requirements

You must ensure your passport is valid for no less than six (6) months from the date of arrival, and has at least one (1) blank page. All visitors to Sri Lanka must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka. We recommend that you apply before you travel. There is an ETA desk at the international airport where you can apply on arrival (only credit cards and US Dollars are accepted here), but you could be subject to lengthy delays. Online ETA application can be done by visiting www.eta.gov.lk and paying the application fee of US$35. This fee is the same as that paid on arrival at the international airport.

 

Travel Insurance

It is mandatory that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time you pay your deposit to join a Retreat. If you cannot provide us with you policy number before departure, you will not be able to attend the retreat.

 

Health

Please visit your GP or Travel Doctor and ensure that all of your vaccinations are up to date. For most short-term travellers the usual recommended vaccinations for Sri Lanka include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against the food and water borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A.More information can be found here.

 

Transfers to and from the Retreat

Please note airport transfers are NOT included in the retreat package. As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, please send your pickup point information to us by email. We provide transport to and from your hotel anywhere in Colombo suburbs of 1-15. You must be at the pickup point at 10am on Day 1 of the Retreat. We are unable to provide airport transfers or pickup/drop off from Airport hotels.

 

Baggage allowances

20kg luggage limit + 7kg in total hand luggage limit per person applies. Hand bags, photography equipment, laptops and other electronic items are included in the 7kg limit. Please contact us if you have an unusual requirement, and we will try to accommodate you.

 

Airport transfers

We advice that you use the official airport taxi counters on the right hand side of the arrivals hall to organise your transport from the airport to Colombo. They charge a fixed a fee of Rs 3000-4000 based on your exact drop off point in Colombo. Expect travel time to be between 40-75 minutes depending on traffic.

 

Money

You can exchange money on arrival at the airport and there are also ATMs on the left hand side of the arrivals hall. Commercial Bank offers the most reliable ATM service and accepts cards from anywhere in the world. Please note Rs 50000 limit per transaction applies. Alternatively, there will be opportunities to get to an ATM at half way point of the Retreat. Please note our full list of inclusions and exclusions on the homepage and ensure you have enough cash to cover your personal expenses.