Do I need a visa to visit Sri Lanka?
Yes! You will need a visa to visit Sri Lanka.
You can apply for a 30 day Tourist visa fo $35 US by visiting the Sri Lanka ETA website
www.eta.gov.lk. Follow the online application process and pay with a credit or debit card.
Once approved, print out the visa confirmation.
You can still obtain visas at Sri Lankan embassies abroad and there is a counter at Bandaranaike International Airport for people who arrive without a visa, although you’ll have to wait for a short while and pay a small fee.
You can renew a 30-day tourist visa twice, for 30 days each time. Contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Extensions are not hard to get but require jumping through some bureaucratic hoops, downloading some forms and a lengthy wait in Colombo immigration offices.
How do I get to and from Colombo airport?
The easiest & most convenient way to and from us is by transfer by taxi. It will take between 2-3hrs to reach the south coast & Ahangama and we will arrange for our own taxi service to meet and greet you upon arrival and drive you to your accommodation at a charge of $190. This fee is prepaid, and we can also offer a quote on a transfers from other locations in Sri Lanka. W15 Escape SUP Yoga Retreat staff will be there to meet you at your on arrival.
Which airport do I fly into?
Bandaranaike International Airport Sri Lanka’s one main airport is 30km north of Colombo.
For our purposes there is only one airport to arrive at and do not be confused by the existence of Mattala Rajapaska International
What do I need to bring?
We would recommend for you to bring, flip flops or sandals, high factor 30+ waterproof sun block, sun hat, light weight clothing, mosquito repellent and a reusable water bottle. A sarong or lightweight trousers must be worn when visiting Temples.
Do you have wifi access?
Yes! Free wifi is available for your use W15 Escape SUP Yoga Retreat available during your stay.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Not necessarily. Do make sure that you are Tetanus inoculation is up to date and some of you may find you wish to have a booster for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Our area has no issues with Malaria but do bring mosquito repellent, and our local dogs are more likely to lick you to death than give you Rabies!
Do I need to bring an electrical adaptor to charge my things in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka has many and varied plug systems, but do bring an adapter.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, you do and we do not accept clients at our W15 Esacape SUP Yoga Retreat or on our SUP Yoga Experience who do not have adequate insurance cover. There are many travel insurance companies that will suit your needs, but we do have favourite. World Nomads(* www.worldnomads.com ) have been providing excellent cover for ourselves and our clients our Lanzarote school for many years and cover the sport Stand Up Paddle Boarding. You will of course be covered by our Third Party insurance when taking part in any of our activities.
Do I need to bring currency?
You can order Sri Lankan Rupee at your bank but it is not necessary. There will be currency exchange offices at all airports and at Colombo airport. However, ATM machines are numerous and we particularly recommend Commercial Bank of Ceylon ATM’s and there are several of these close to your accommodation.