Sri Lanka will reopen its borders to foreign tourists on Thursday after a ten-month hiatus, official have said. However, travellers will be subject to tough Covid-19 protocols.
Visitors from Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Rwanda, Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands can also now enter England, Wales and Northern Ireland without quarantine.
Organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in association with the Sri Lanka Wellness Tourism Association, the event explored the unique assets and advantages on the Indian Ocean destination.
Barceló Hotel Group has signed a joint venture with Browns Investments to develop the Bodufaru Beach Resort in the Maldives’ North Male Atoll. Browns is a subsidiary of LOLC Group, one of Sri Lanka’s largest business conglomerates.
Sri Lanka has revealed it will offer free visas to travellers from India, China and the UK, among others, as it seeks to rebuild its tourism industry. A series of bombings at luxury hotels and Christian churches in April left more than 250 people dead, decimating the sector.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has announced it will change its travel advice to Sri Lanka to allow British visitors to return to the country. While no longer warning against “all but essential travel”, the FCO warns “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka”.
Opening late last year, Wattura Resort & Spa, situated to the north of Sri Lankan capital Colombo, is a wellness haven inspired by the theme of water. Here Breaking Travel News reporter Thomas Reynolds calls in for the night to see what is on offer
Analysis by ForwardKeys has revealed a tidal wave of cancellations has hit Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Easter Sunday. Three luxury properties - Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Shangri-La and the Kingsbury Hotel – were hit during the assault, along with three churches.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against “all but essential” travel to Sri Lanka. The move is likely to deal a body blow to the tourism industry in the country and follows a coordinated series of terror attacks over the Easter weekend.
More than 220 people are believed to have died in a series of bomb attacks across Sri Lanka. Three hotels – the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury – were all targeted, with nine foreign tourists reportedly among the dead.
An icon of Sri Lankan hospitality, Galle Face Hotel allows guests to revisit the golden age of travel in the Indian Ocean. Here Thomas Reynolds visits for Breaking Travel News to discover more