Colombo is the international gateway to the island of Sri Lanka, and so almost all visitors arrive by air. Luxury cruise ships berth here briefly, and at this time there is a ferry operating here from South India.
Major airlines that touchdown in Colombo include Sri Lankan Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways, among others. Flights to Colombo are available from Europe, the Far East, and South Asia.
Whichever route you take, you will arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake, which is the only international airport in the country. The airport is located approximately 32km to the city center.
Note: If you are arriving during the day, make sure to peer out of your airplane window and catch a stunning aerial view of our rich, green foliage, beautiful blue waters, and our lively city landscape.
Information on airlines, arrivals, and departures
VISA & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Information on how to get a visa
IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS
Information on arrival cards and clearing customs
Information on currency limits
Information on getting around the airport
GETTING TO COLOMBO
Information on how to travel into Colombo
Information on important travel tips