International Conference on Building Resilience 2011
Getting to Sri Lanka

Flying is the only way to enter Sri Lanka and the main gateway  is through the Bandaranakaya International Airport which is the only international airport in Sri Lanka. It is located in Katunayake, 35 km north of Colombo. It is the hub of SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka. In recent years, various expansion projects have been undertaken at Bandaranaike International Airport. A pier with eight aero-bridges opened in November 2005, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. The airport website can be accessed at

Direct air services from various international destinations such as London, Tokyo, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Zurich, Jakarta, Kuwait, Kula Lumpur, Amsterdam, Doha, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo  and  New Delhi  are provided by various international airlines  on a daily basis. In addition there are very good connections to Sri Lanka via various transit airports such as London (Sri Lankan airlines, Emirates Airlines), Manchester (Emirates, Qatar Airways) Dubai (Emirates Airlines) , Singapore (Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates) , Bangkok (Thai airways), Paris (Sri Lankan Airlines)  and Frankfurt.

For other services and flight information, please visit Flight information to Sri Lanka.

Visa information

Nationals of countries listed in Schedule 'A' will be granted a Tourist Visa for 30 days at the port of entry without a visa fee. All other nationals should refer to the Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka website for details of how to obtain a visa. It is strongly recommended that all delegates visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka website for the latest information on border entry requirements for Sri Lanka. If you require an inivitation letter to fulfil visa application requirements, please contact us.

Travel between the airport and conference venue

Travel between the airport and conference hotel usually takes between 3 and 4 hours. If preferred, a transit hotel can also be booked near the airport. Transfer options include booking a private car with driver, or a shared mini-bus/coach with driver. Where possible and depending upon your arrival time, our appointed travel coordinator will endeavour to offer shared transfer options (please send him your arrival and departure details) to reduce the cost. Approximate costs for these transport options are given below:

Car (1-2 persons) US$ 120.00 per vehicle / one-way 
Micro Van (3-4 persons) US$ 165.00 per vehicle / one way 
Mini Coach (5-10 persons) US$ 205.00 per vehicle / one way

For assistance in booking transport for transfer between the airport and hotel, and details on shared transfer options or other internal travel arrangements within Sri Lanka, please contact Ziyan Ameen, the conference organiser's appointed travel coordinator, at:

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