Get ready for your upcoming trip to Sri Lanka. Here you can find all your pre-trip materials and information to help you get started.
WELCOME ABOARD, You're Going To Sri Lanka!
jULY 24-AUGUST 2
To help you get ready for departure, we've put all your pre-trip resources in one place.
YOur Next STeps:
Start Here: Review Your Itinerary, Get Excited!
STEP 1: PAY YOUR DEPOSIT TO CONFIRM YOUR SPOT.
Your spot on a trip is not confirmed until we have received your $295 deposit.
STEP 2: BOOK YOUR FLIGHT & INSURANCE
See Below for Trip Information. Use our recommended travel agents to help make this easy.
Your Trip Details:
Your Trip Itinerary: Download Here (.pdf)
IMPORTANT! YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISA IN ADVANCE!
(Don’t worry, it’s easy, only costs $35, and is quick to do. )
Apply For Your Visa Here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/. It’s the official government website. Follow the instructions to request the visa, pay your $35 via credit card, and you’ll be notified via email soon thereafter.
Important Information for Your Visa Application:
Your Purpose of travel is “SIGHTSEEING OR HOLIDAYING” We’ve cleared this with our travel contacts, nothing we’re doing counts as “work” or “NGO activities.”
You can apply today, your visa will allow you to enter the country one time in the next 6 months. Once you enter the country, you can stay for up to 30 days.
You’ll need to bring with you a printed copy of:
Visa approval notice.
Printed copy of your return ticket.
Bank statement showing you have funds to afford to be there. (I wasn’t asked for the latter, but they say you need it).
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
International Emergency Contact:
Rabbi Jamie Cowland, Jamie@justifi.org, +972 525 448 544
U.S. Embassy of Sri Lanka:
Tel: +94 (11) 249-8500
Chabad of Sri Lanka:
FLIGHT INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR TRIP:
Arriving Flight Requirements: Please book your flight to arrive in the evening of Monday July 23 into CMB International Airport, or at least several hours before 8am on July 24. Our program starts at 8am in the hotel lobby on the first day of the trip, arriving the night before will ensure that you feel well rested. We will have hotel rooms available for all participants for the night before the program as part of your program cost.
Departing Flight Requirements: Book return flights home from CMB International Airport in Colombo after 6pm on Aug 2, we will ensure you arrive at the airport before 4pm for international check-in. (Because you cross the international dateline back to the United States, you will still have time to return before Shabbat).
Want Help Booking Your Flight? See Our Travel Desk for a List of Recommended Agents!
Arrival Instructions and Hotel Directions:
Once you land, you will need to clear immigration. There will be several lines leading to a table.
To clear immigration, you must have on your person PRINTED COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING:
YOUR VISA FOR SRI LANKA (See instructions above for how to apply)
YOUR RETURN FLIGHT ITINERARY
A BANK STATEMENT SHOWING YOU HAVE FUNDS FOR YOUR TRIP
After clearing immigration, collect your bags, enter the arrival hall. Taxi services will be available from kiosks on the right as you exit. Fees should be between 2,500 and 3,000 rupees. Use a registered taxi, and meet us at the hotel.
If you want a SIM card for your cell phone, we recommend “Dialog” which has a kiosk in the airport. They will set up your phone with a data plan and mobile minutes for about $10.
Note: Many people speak fluent English in Sri Lanka and are very friendly. If you need help, ask information or local kiosk operators - just avoid the ones seeming overly eager to help because they likely want to sell you something ;)
Hotel Address and Directions Pending!
(Check Back Before Your Trip For Details)