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Arriving in Sri Lanka

What you should expect on arrival?
 

Sri Lanka has two International Airports, the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake (30km north of Colombo) and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala. If you are lucky enough to land while the sun is still out, you will notice Sri Lanka's rich green foliage the moment you begin descent. Remember to fill out your disembarkation form before you proceed to the sparkling new wing of the Island's Airport. Most often, many flights arrive at the same time, but as long as you have your documents ready and don't allow any over-eager travellers to cut in line, the smiling immigration officers will send you sailing through towards your adventures in Sri Lanka.

Heat and humidity on arrival
 

The moment you step out of the well-air conditioned airport, prepare for Sri Lanka's warm and humid climate with an average temperature of 24oC. Put your jacket away and drink lots of water. The average temperature is 24oC.

Airport clearance process
 

Being a small Airport, the clearance process is not too complicated. You will be able to get your disembarkation form from a flight attendant before you land, or from the desks in the immigration area. Make sure you have them filled out before you get in line at immigration.

When you have your bags, if you have any goods to declare, make sure you fill out a customs form before you get into the exit line. These forms can be found at the desks near the luggage carousels.

The porters will be more than happy to assist you with your bags, and are usually paid Rs. 100 ($1) per bag to help you move your bags and push your trolley.

Transport on arrival
 

If Airport Transfer arrangements have been made, we will have one of our friendly chauffeurs waiting with a name card in the arrivals lobby, ready to escort you to your first destination in Sri Lanka.

If no prior transfer arrangements have been made, arrangements for an Airport taxi can be made at the service desk in the lobby. If you don't already have Sri Lankan Rupees, there are authorized moneychangers within the lobby area of the airport.