Why You Should Visit Colombo Bandaranayake
Colombo Bandaranayake Airport, also known as Bandaranaike International Airport, is the busiest airport in Sri Lanka located around 35 km from Colombo. Sri Lanka’s capital is a city offering a wealth of possibilities whether it’s a sightseeing trip to experience its landmarks or enjoying its vibrant modern cultural scene at a festival. If you are interested in immersing yourself in the history of the city then The National Museum of Colombo is a must-visit with its many ancient relics and artefacts. Colombo is also a city known for its natural beauty which can best be experienced along the Galle Face Green Promenade where you will find beautiful green spaces and plenty of places to eat.
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Arriving In Colombo Bandaranayake
Bandaranaike International Airport is comprised of two passenger terminals, while a third terminal is currently projected to open in 2020. If you are on an international flight you will be arriving at Terminal 1, while domestic flights are based at Terminal 3. The airport itself offers a decent variety of amenities including cafés and fast food outlets alongside duty-free shopping so there’s plenty to do to pass the time.
Those booking flights from the UAE to Colombo Bandaranayake have a number of options open as it is possible to fly out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. If you are looking to catch flights from Abu Dhabi you can travel with Etihad Airways, Rotana Jet or SriLankan Airlines, while those flying out of Dubai can travel with Emirates, flydubai and SriLankan Airlines. Additionally, if you are based in Sharjah you can catch flights with Air Arabia.
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Colombo Bandaranayake Travel Information
Many nationals including UAE and EU citizens are able to obtain a visa upon arrival when landing in Sri Lanka which is valid for a period of up to 30 days. If you want to save time queuing at the airport you can fill out an Electronic Travel Authorization before you travel so you do not have to queue up to get your visa. The weather in Colombo is warm throughout the year, although be advised that there are two rainy seasons between May and August and October to January, so you may want to time your visit to avoid the rainy periods. Car rental is also available in Colombo.
* This information is correct as of September 2017
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