VISA – RECOMMENDED TO APPLY ONLINE
If you’re not from Singapore you will require a visa, or ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) to visit Sri Lanka. Can be applied on www.eta.gov.lk . The fee for a tourist visa is USD $ 50 (SAARC Countries – USD $ 20) if bought in advance online .
It should take you not more than 10 minutes to fill the form and it should be approved within 24 hours.
A few helpful information to fill in the form.
Website for Visa Application : https://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
Address: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Colombo 1
Visa Required Days: 180
Ensure you fly into Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) and inform the registration team as soon as your flight details are confirmed.
Our pick-up team will meet you at the airport and transport you to the hotel and also drop you back at the airport for departure after an amazing MTM. Please update your registration with your flight details and let us know when you are arriving.
The hotel will have a registration desk and you will be required to register before checking in to the hotel*. You will be given a lanyard and wrist band which you will be required to wear at all times.
Entry to LC events, access to LC Bars and Eating areas will strictly be for those wearing lanyard and wrist band. There will be no spot registrations.
Accommodation during the MTM weekend (24th to 26th February) is included in the MTM registration fee. If you are on the Pre-Tour (20th to 24th February), the accommodation is included in the Pre-Tour ticket.
Unless you have specified whom you will be sharing the room with, we will allocate another circler/tabler.
Sri Lanka is a truly beautiful island and our pre-tour take you on an unforgettable journey through history, culture, wildlife, golden beaches and crazy parties.
Our Pre-Tour is from 20th February to 24th February inclusive of both dates
Visit https://apacmtm2023.com to book your place on best pre-tour.
We recommend you arrive in Sri Lanka by 19th February, as the Pre Tour start is very early on 20th February.
From wildlife to shopping and relaxation to casino’s our half day and full day excursions lets you experience Sri Lanka to the fullest. There will also be plenty of activities at the hotels to keep you entertained. Please contact us for any suggestions.
Please contact us as we will accommodate as per your requirement.
*Sarongs can be purchased at the Merchandise Stall for EUR 10 if you wish. Advise to bringa blouse/top to wear with the Sarongs.
You are in the Tropics, so pack for the heat and humidity with plenty of light beach clothing. Long-sleeves might be advisable after dusk to protect against mosquitoes. Wear modest clothing when visiting religious sites, where knees and shoulders are often required to be covered.
Trishaws or tuk-tuk’s are the simplest and cheapest way to travel short distances in Sri Lanka. Good-natured price bartering is widespread, although in Colombo this is often unnecessary, as many are fitted with a meter.
Taxis offer good value for longer journeys and operate on a meter. However, taxis operating from hotels are more expensive. Taxi apps ‘Pick Me’ or Úber is popular in Colombo and very reliable.
Phone & Internet
We will be providing a free Sim in the welcome pack, you can top it up easily on the service providers website with use of a credit card.
Hotel and at most public places (including the airport) you will have access to free Wi-Fi.
FOOD & WATER
Sri Lanka boasts a fascinating culinary heritage, a unique fusion of local produce with recipes and spices brought to the island over the centuries by Indians, Arabs, Malays, Portuguese, Dutch and English. Colombo has a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. Avoid drinking water from the taps.
Some hotels and restaurants automatically add a serrvice charge to the bill; if a service charge isn’t included, you might want to tip an extra 10 percent. You are not required to tip while on the pre-tour, however if you wish to make a donation at temples or places of worship, remember not to give money directly to monks or priests, but to place it in a donation box.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Please carry your certificates of immunization of the covid-19 vaccines as precautionary measure. We recommend you carry
* Beer is not hydration
The Sri Lankan health service does not cover the medical expenses of visitors to Sri Lanka. It is advisable to take a travel insurance policy for the duration of your journey to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is a reassuringly safe country. Nevertheless, it pays to exercise caution and obey common-sense rules. Never flash valuables or leave them lying around; do not let your credit card out of your sight when making payments; avoid dark and deserted beaches at night; and do not accept lifts from strangers.
Swimming is another potential hazard. If swimming off an unfrequented beach, always check local advice and make sure someone knows you’re in the water. Never swim under the influence of alcohol.
Drugs are a problem in some areas. Do not get tangled up in buying/selling/using them or get involved with those who do: it is illegal and dangerous
CASH & CARD
Local currency is Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR). Currency can only be exchanged in Sri Lanka, so you would be best to bring foreign currency, ideally USD, EUR, GBP and INR. The bank booths in the airport arrivals offer competitive rates and quick service. We advise against Traveller’s Cheques, which are rarely accepted. Credit cards are accepted in most shopping outlets, and ATM machines are widely available in major cities.
Smoking in public areas in Sri Lanka is not allowed, but there are designated smoking areas for restaurants/pubs/cafes etc. Some establishments have a designated smoking area inside.
LANGUAGE & RELIGION
Sinhala (spoken by more than 80% of the public) and Tamil are the national languages. English is widely spoken and understood in all areas. Buddhism is the predominant religion. Hindus, Muslims and Christians make up the remainder.
All the hotels offer a one-day laundry service at additional cost, although prices vary widely. Cheaper launderettes are available in most towns, although quality is inconsistent
Waste pollution is a serious problem in Sri Lanka. Disposal systems are often inadequate, whilst the recycling of many products is rare. The plastic bag is a particular blight, and will be offered for almost every purchase, so try to take your own bags when shopping. Cotton bags are also readily available.
In the event someone gets infected, one can take a hotel room at your own cost or we have arranged for home hosting. For Medical Care we will direct you the nearest hospital and do everything to make sure you get the best treatment.