Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Detroit to Sri Lanka
Entry to Sri Lanka has been reinstated - with restrictions - for travelers and for tourism. Tourists may arrive through Charter Flights, Scheduled Flights or Private Jets, at both Katunayake and Mattala Airports. Please note that Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is certified as a safe airport by ACI airport health accreditation program. Visas must be applied for prior to arrival.
Travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to departure. Children with a tourist visa under the age of 12 are exempt from PCR test requirement.
Travelers must complete a Health Declaration Form and present it upon arrival.
Tourist must purchase the mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover from People's Insurance PLC at USD 12 for a policy of USD 50,000 for a period of one month.
Nationals of Sri Lanka must have an approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka or from a consulate of Sri Lanka, with the exception of nationals of Sri Lanka traveling with their foreign spouse, parents or children with a tourist visa.
There are no longer quarantine restrictions in place for tourists in Sri Lanka. Travelers must have a negative PCR test result from an accredited laboratory taken 96 hours prior to arrival. PCR tests must also be taken again upon arrival to a pre-booked "Safe and Secure" hotel and again after 5-7 days depending on the duration of their stay. Tourists will also have assigned "bio bubbles" they must stay in for a 2-week period before they are permitted to explore the rest of the island and mix with the general population. Airline crew must self-quarantine at the location mentioned in the Health Declaration Form and have meals only through in-room dining until they operate their next flight.
The maximum allowed transit time at CMB is 10 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed onward connection.
There are currently 2,960 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in LK and 615 deaths as of Apr 17 2021
Please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions page for more information on restrictions worldwide.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Qatar Airways could improve food selection for business class."
Pros: "Excellent crew, quick serving a lunch on a 1.5 hour flight."
Cons: "Just don't like all the trips to and from flights on the bus at Doha."
Cons: "Excellent service and stuff"
Pros: "The crew was friendly."
Cons: "The food was horrible."
Pros: "Crew was friendly."
Pros: "The Flight from Arusha was so convenient in the timing and it was perfect and on-time."
Cons: "Nothing. Everything was perfect"
Pros: "Out flight was not crowded so after take off we could take up all three seats. That was cool for a little nap. Crew was good. Everything was good."
Cons: "Everything was good."
Pros: "Good service/Crew food quality and choice good."
Cons: "Need more choice of British TV Programmes rather than American"
Pros: "The business class service is second to none. Very courteous staff, superb on demand menu with ausome selections."
Cons: "Cleanliness of cabin. Aminity kit is outrageous."
Cons: "i did not like the baggage policy for cabin baggage, where i am not allowed to carry my personal item and a carry on separately."
Pros: "Plenty of room to move around"
Pros: "Attentive service - woke me up before landing (as instructed) and served a meal."
Cons: "Boarding on Doha was chaotic"
Pros: "Very impressed with the service. Very friendly staff"
Cons: "My entertainment unit on the Perth Doha leg never worked even after several resets"
Pros: "I had never heard of Qatar Airways before I booked a 24hr flight to and from Sydney, Australia. I only did this on the suggestion from a friend that stated Qatar Airways was "alright". So for the price I thought what the heck! I was extremely pleased with the service from the cabin crew. They are always polite, professional, and well trained compared to my previous favorites Delta and Lufthansa. The seats were comfortable (as comfortable as Economy and 24hours of flying can be), the entertainment and aircraft were state of the art, and the food was outstanding for airline food. If I get the chance in the future I will definitely choose Qatar Airways for long trips."
Cons: "Other rude or snotty passengers taking up the crews time and attention for no reason. But as I stated in the "positive" side of this review, the crew handled these impolite individuals with a smile and polite attitude. Kudos to Qatar Airways."
Pros: "The Crew has been excellent"
Cons: "When I arrived at the Airport in Arusha (JRO) my reserved row 23 aisle seats for the DOH to JFK segment were changed to the (last cabin section row 31); also my aisle seat was changed to a middle seat Food was better from JFK to DOH Entertainment was lacking - movie and TV selection was poor for 20+ hours of flight time"
Pros: "I was surprised with the quality of gluten free meals served for me, it was well organised and taken care of where I never had to wait. My flight schedules were changed few days before departure by Qatar Airways, but only thing I had to do was to confirm that I have noted, my seats and all the rest of details intact, excellent."
Pros: "Crew and food"
Cons: "It was a pretty old flight and had no tv in front! Huge disappointment. Probably they thought ppl flying from Doha to Colombo were ok with a low quality flight with no entertainment."
Pros: "Boarding and crew were excellent."
Cons: "Lack of information about the flight delay of 4hr 45 min apart from expected take off time."
Pros: "Everything was great"
Cons: "Everything qas great"
Cons: "My flight was delayed almksr 3 hours...nothing more. It's very frustrating because the problem could have been avoided if they were more careful but oh well. I'm making this review very short compared to my others because I know that if I start on a rant, I won't stop. Trust me, I'll safe that for the phone call complaint I'll be making in a few hours..."
Cons: "Luggage checking is very poor, the person on checking ask me to remove my shawal, i said to him it is insult to me , i never forget it , never plan to travel on Qatar airways"
Pros: "Business Class is wonderful"
Pros: "Although I felt Qatar responded poorly to the cancelled flight, the actual flying experience was wonderful and made me forget about the extreme inconvenience and poor customer service regarding the cancelled flight."
Cons: "My flight got cancelled ten minutes before boarding. Workers gathered phone numbers and told us they would call to direct us a new flight. However, no calls were ever made. I had to call the airline multiple times to get an answer about a new flight. In my first call, the customer service was rude. There was also zero compensation for the inconvenience."
Pros: "Our meals were luke warm at best while the bread was still semi frozen. Food quality has always been low on Qatar flights but this time was the absolute worst. I fly with Qatar for work everything 4 months and that's solely due to convenience."
Pros: "Very very clean plane."
Cons: "Movie selection could be improved. Second meal had no vegan option."
Pros: "All Qatar employees were friendly and helpful. A great flight!"
Cons: "We had to wait for about 5 years, more than 3 hours unscheduled wait. During this time we were provided with a very poor breakfast."
Pros: "Seats in Business Class are heaven. You get quality rest. Very spacious. Food is good but should have option of healthy sides (steam or sauteed vegetables dor example). On board crew very helpful and polite with a minor exception"
Cons: "Food is good but should have option of healthy sides (steam or sauteed vegetables dor example). Too much potato. One flight attendant with an attitude can affect overall experience. Not sure if because of inexperience or just the wrong way to approach customers. I could tell this person was struggling trying to be genuinely nice. Complicated process to upgrade from economy to business"
Pros: "Flight was great, best over seas flight I've ever had!"
Cons: "My only complaint was that we had a 10 hour layover in Qatar....and it was when the city was closed down. So there was nothing for my new husband and I to do. I wish that the airline would have given us more direction and help. Or have us a room for the night"
Cons: "The crew have very strong accent which makes difficult to understand them, but they are very nice and helpful"
Cons: "Luggage was lost"
Pros: "Overall - Flight was good."
Cons: "Food quality should be improved. Most of the staff were very courteous, except on two minor request. I guess the stewardess was a little stress due a very demanding passenger, but should not be reflected to other customers."
Pros: "Truly give star service for business class"
Pros: "Good staff and service."
Cons: "Too long a flight and require more leg room and reclining seats to be more comfortable."
Pros: "I flew from LAX to Dhaka Dec 18th and had a great experience. Staff was very helpful -- I was given the opportunity to re-arrange my bags, to avoid a baggage fee. Excellent entertainment options. New and comfortable planes."
Cons: "Had a bit of a delay getting checked in at LAX, as they only have one counter, and weren't open when I first arrived."
Pros: "Excellent customer service"
Pros: "The crew was very friendly and everything else was very good and comfortable on the flight."
Cons: "The boarding process was odd. We got to the gate too early (by maybe 10 mins before boarding time) so we were told to sit outside of the designated seating area and that they would make an announcement when we should go back up there. There was never an announcement, but we felt it was getting late so we went to check at the desk and they then said we were late and they were waiting on us. They were very nice about everything, but just thought that was really strange."
Pros: "The friendliness of the crew."
Cons: "We normally fly business class, but this was a quick side trip so we settled for economy."
Pros: "On Time good service"
Cons: "Serving alcohol on board"
Pros: "Flight was comfortable, food was good."
Cons: "Lot of inconvenience for transit passengers, sitting area was closed, had to look around for a comfortable place to spend 4 hours."
Pros: "Slept most of the way"
Cons: "Without internet"
Cons: "Seats, unfriendly crew members, worst food "Hindu meal""
Cons: "I try to find kayak number to tell you that I couldn’t fly because I didn’t have COVID-19 test But I couldn’t find the The phone number that’s why I’m still in Amsterdam"
Pros: "There was almost a two hour delay, there wasn’t any information communicated, everybody was just asked to take seats in the waiting area. The entire process wasn’t very well organised."
Pros: "I had better experience with Emirates before...we had to wait ages for our food but maybe because we were the last one on the list. Food was nice and crew friendly."
Pros: "Plane was large and comfortable."
Cons: "Boarding was chaotic and confusing."
Cons: "Too many security checks at the airport. multiple times opening bags even after through security and scanning. Meal times were at weird times. Dinner at 5am??"
Pros: "Crew, food, drinks and seats in business class were fantastic."
Pros: "Entertainment system"
Cons: "The food and the crew way of speaking to people"
Pros: "Everything Was Just Perfect"
Pros: "I had 4 sectors except the first one 3 of them was with unfriendly cabin crew not smiling at all not responding the calls."
Pros: "Cold meal was nice, standard business class, no amenities. Nice crew, welcome on board."
Cons: "The crew was in a constant hurry after. The meal was ok, but no cocktails served. Tablet was not working remotely, it has to be connected to the dock all the time. USB port was also not working, did not charge my phone. I’m glad that we did not buy the business upgrade for his flight before. It would felt wasting all our points. Luckily we were upgraded during check in. Check in was awful, they checked in 4 people in front of us roughly in 20 minutes in MLE. It felt like waiting for forever."
Pros: "The crew and food was great."
Cons: "The insect repellant sprayed twice through the cabin was horrible."
Pros: "In all the flight was good, except for the food."
Cons: "They didn't have any option (not even fruits) for those who dislike spicy food. My colleague and I had nothing but bread and butter to dine."
Cons: "Requested an aisle seat at the front or an emergency seat and got neither. I could hardly move my long legs. That the flight was long did not help matters. I was sandwiched between two other travelers on a three-seater arrangement. Again, is it just on flights to Kenya or other African countries that passengers DO NOT receive the travel pouch?"
Pros: "The flight"
Pros: "I felt very pampered!"
Cons: "Staff don’t smile! I ask for hot towel the crew didn’t give me any!"
Pros: "Emirates is everything we can wish"
Pros: "Flying on economy Emirates was a fantastic experience. It should be the industry standard."
Cons: "The entire experience"
Cons: "The seat was broken and wouldn't recline. Very uncomfortable 8+ hours"
Pros: "Very Kind"
Cons: "My seat assignment"
Pros: "Flying with Emirates is always great."
Pros: "It would be useful if Emirates would allow us to reserve the adjoining seat of the 3 (on less than full flights) so that we can have the extra space."
Cons: "Excess baggage kilo rate is much more expensive than most airlines"
Cons: "The seat that was booked is stand by seat and so much problems arose. Last missing the flight."
Cons: "It was delayed for 8 hours!!!"
Pros: "I like the food , yummy"
Cons: "I was in window seat. When serving food and beverages crew didn't give much concern."
Pros: "I appreciated the attention to detail along with the entertainment. The Salmon was great along with the refreshments."
Cons: "I found out that my payment was not verified as I arrived at the airport and I wasn't informed my email or any kind of way about it. It was a total disaster. Deeply disappointed. Regards"
Pros: "The air conditioning worked properly"
Cons: "You asked for a drink and they never return☹️"
Pros: "One of the best airlines I have flown. Very good with kids and they do a hell of a good job of cleaning restrooms. Food quality was great."
Cons: "Hindu meal has meat in it which was a surprise. It was too cold inside plane and they would take blankets before landing and won't give you blankets till take off is complete. They should give water bottles."
Pros: "Emirates makes it a bit more comfortable than other carriers while there is nothing we can do about the long flight and being in a crowded space."
Cons: "Prepare for more and more security measures."
Pros: "Received a flight credit"
Cons: "Emirates overbooked the flight and we were bumped."
Pros: "food and drink selection and quality very good. The service and attention paid to children is outstanding. Very much appreciated."
Cons: "I did not use much of the entertainment other than radio/music so can not really rate."
Pros: "The response and service of Airhostesses are outstanding. I have to mention specially the assistance their supervisor provided to me when I have felt a little breathlessness and her constant attention on me to ensure I am normal and comfortable. Unfortunately I do not remember her name. Thanks to her and her team I felt at home."
Cons: "Vegetarian food would be good if it was less spicy."
Pros: "Very courteous flight attendants. I liked the fact that they came from several countries and looked like a strong, united team. I also enjoyed the great selection of movies, music, news, and TV shows. The space between the chairs is more generous than other airlines I used in the past."
Cons: "They can try harder to improve the food."
Pros: "Long flight. Not enough overhead space. Crew was great. Food ok. Seats get very uncomfortable on a 15 hour flight"
Pros: "Service, food and entertainment"
Pros: "Everything.Comfortable seats very friendly and accommodating staff.Prompt limo service to and from airport.No hassels"
Pros: "Crew couldn't have been friendlier!"
Pros: "Emirates is truly like no other airline, they cater to your every need and genuinely care about servicing you and your satisfaction. The crew is exceptionally friendly and pleasant. They do not charge you for every single thing like other airlines do. The food is restaurant qualify food and very filling. The in-flight entertainment channels are numerous and will not leave you wondering what to watch. I wish there were more legroom, but overall, an excellent airline that I would definitely fly again."
Pros: "The flight was amazing. The crew was nice and professional. They constantly checked up on us, as well. The food was good for food during a flight and there was nothing lacking in the entertainment department either. There is really not much Emerates could do to make the flight more pleasant."
Cons: "The check in experience is the worst I have ever had. One bag was a little heavy so I had to pay the fee which I was happy to do. But, they took me out of line and up to the office, I then had to wait 30 minutes to be helped only to then learn that the credit card machine was not working. So, I had to get cash from an ATM, which charged a fee, and there was no change available so I ended up paying more than the fee actually was. Then, I had to go back through security and stand in line again just to get my boarding pass. I was at the airport 3 hours early and this disorganized system almost caused me to miss my flight. It was just unprofessional all around."
Cons: "19H i guess, window seat's screen was not working"
Pros: "Everything was Great !!"
Pros: "The planes were very comfortable and the boarding was very well organized, especially for parents eith children."
Cons: "The crew wasn't very helpful and they were a little condescending."
Cons: "I booked flight for my husband, however, the credit card authorization process took long and he missed his flight. Hence, the next cheapest available flight was July 3rd. I ended up having to rebook his flight via Air Canada. The payment was processed and accepted immediately. I figured 7 hours was sufficient time to process a payment. It was not. My husband is now incurring additional charges and is missing employment in Canada. I'm looking for some compensation. I have never encountered this wait time when purchasing an airline ticket. Your site/app has great reviews but you need to work on credit card approvals. Thanks for your time and I look forward to being compensated."
Pros: "The fly was fine as usual"
Cons: "Not Emirates fault but they open my bags and made a mess with the presents for my family"
Pros: "Friendly staff and variety of entertainment"
Cons: "Everything was good."
Pros: "Most the food is ishen food . Should be difrant"
Pros: "My flight was very comfortable, and the staff was very attentive."
Cons: "I was not able to choose my seat for this flight"
Airlines flying from Detroit to Sri Lanka have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights from Detroit to Sri Lanka
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights from Detroit to Sri Lanka
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights from Detroit to Sri Lanka
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights from Detroit to Sri Lanka
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights from Detroit to Sri Lanka