Visa for Digital Nomads

  What is a Digital Nomad Visa for Sri Lanka? Social Media activists who have been traveling the world were initially recognized as digital nomads. However, with the availability of remote working tools and the mind shift change of people working remotely over the pandemic , people from different fields also have started traveling the world whilst working. This segment is now recognized as Digital Nomads. Sri Lanka Tourism introduced a new visa facility to cater to this segment. The

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Mark Snoxell is appointed as the CEO of The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka

Mark has been representing The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka in Australia and New Zealand through Exposure Downunder since 2019. He brought in immense expertise and knowledge in market entry, positioning, product development, social media, sales & marketing strategies. He has been instrumental in driving The Travel Concierge future ready and specially weathering the tough times of the pandemic. Mark fell in love with Sri Lankan cuisines at first bite. Later he fell in love with the island and its people too.

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Sri Lanka’s current situation

22nd November 2021 update: Sri Lankan boarders were open for tourists from selected countries since April 2021 as a pilot project.  During this period Sri Lanka tourism together with the health ministry set up a comprehensive and a strategic framework in handling tourists during the pandemic with a special focus on the safety of the clients , our staff and of our communities. By now the industry have done a series of trainings to all related industry personnel,  established a certification process

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SUMMARY OF THE MOST UPDATED PROTOCOLS FOR FULLY VACCCINATED LEISURE TRAVELERS

  Summary of most updated protocols for fully vaccinated leisure travelers. Updated 24th December Covid 19 medical insurance cover which costs USD 12 p.p. is mandatory for all  travelers (irrespective of being fully vaccinated) from 1st January 2022. No PCR test on arrival nor quarantine is required when carrying a fully vaccinated certificate from the originating country. However the clients should carry a negative PCR test which has been taken 72 hrs prior to embarkation from the originating country.  No on arrival PCR

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MOST FLEXIBLE BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We fully understand the uncertainty which is created due to the current situation in the world. Let us ease your concerns by offering the most flexible booking terms and conditions. Absolutely no booking fee at the time of booking our services till 31st Dec 2022. We will be holding firm arrangements upto 14 days prior to arrival without any commitment.  Most flexible cancellation policies, changing dates and payment terms after 14 days.  Full refund at an event where any official boarder closing due to Covid-19. Relevant banks charges

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SAFE & SECURE CERTIFICATION

Sri Lanka Tourism was endorsed by World Health Organization and World Tourism Council in its commitment to carry out sustainable, safe & secure operational protocols in the new norm. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Tourism initiated a very thorough set of guidelines which are on par with world’s best safety protocols. KPMG-Sri Lanka & Ernest & Young-Sri Lanka were appointed as the independent professional bodies to carry out and conduct assessments for registered tourism service providers who are willing to undergo the

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The Travel Concierge Safety Protocol

A simple guideline to help our travelers be safe at different stages which includes places before & during the tour. Client safety is our number 01 priority!  Travel safe with The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka For further information and bookings, contact Wilam direct at TTC Sri Lanka    anz@ttcsrilanka.com Are you following us on Instagram? Follow us on Instagram @thetravelconciergesrilanka Booking enquires             anz@ttcsrilanka.com      WhatsApp           +94 71 116 1020 Sales enquires                  Laahiru Jayamanne, Director  laahiru@ttcsrilanka.com

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Join on a couch safari to Sri Lanka’s finest national parks.

  #Secret lives of leopards #Great gathering of elephants #Elephant families in the wild This November, travel to the heart of Sri Lanka’s wilderness with Chitral Jayatileke , Srilal Miththapala & Dr. Prithviraj Fernando who have made wildlife conservation and the study of the magnificent creatures of the wild their personal mission. Join them on a virtual tour into the secret lives of leopards at Yala, the great gathering of elephants of the Minneriya & Kaudulla, the Elephant families of

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My Love affair with Sri Lankan food by Mark Snoxell from New Zealand

  My love affair with Sri Lanka started over a decade ago in Adelaide when I had the good fortune to see Peter Kuruvita in action.  Many months later I embarked on a private cooking tour of Sri Lanka and have been specialising in Sri Lanka ever since. Many people would describe Sri Lankan cuisine as Indian.  Maybe Southern Indian, but I’d like to say, no.  Most Aussies know there’s a difference between Thai & Vietnamese food.  It’s like that.

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Saving the sea turtles in Sri Lanka

  Five species of sea turtles inhabit the waters of Sri Lanka. All of which are at risk of disappearing, unless something is done to protect them. Sri Lanka’s sea turtles are considered a national gem. The five species found in Sri Lankan waters; the Green, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and the Hawksbill sea turtle are all frequent the islands southern beaches. Sea turtles spend most of their lives in water, but come ashore occasionally to lay their eggs. Their local nesting areas in Sri Lanka

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Agents famil with The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka

  You still can “dream” of traveling to Sri Lanka –  Exclusively for our industry friends ! ·      Special 7N8D private package @ 650 p.p. on HB ·      Additional sight-seeing package @ 194 p.p. ·      Costomise your own with over 60% discounts ·      Upgrades to the highest room category We want our industry friends to enjoy some Sri Lankan hospitality after such a hard 2020. The agents can dream about traveling & plan a trip.  Highly discounted package rates will

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Milk Rice with Sri Lankan Chicken curry

  Milk Rice with Sri Lankan Chicken curry recipe by Lanka Jayamanne Introduction :  Milk Rice & Chicken curry is an all-time Sri Lankan favourite. Milk  Rice is cocked specially on auspicious days like, New Year, first day of a month, Birthdays etc. Traditionally it’s eaten with a homemade chili paste which includes, onion, chilies, paper, dried maldivefish. Sri Lankans eat this only for breakfast. Since it’s a very heavy meal, it can also be served for lunch. A black coffee will help

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Applying for a Sri Lanka entry visa – it’s easy!

Submission of ETA application by the applicant Please note the below details are subject to new regulations which have been implemented to combat COVID 19. The particular details can be obtained from  The safety measures The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka. We are happy to do your visa requirements without any additional service fee.   Steps to be followed if you apply yourself Click on the Apply button and fill in the ETA application. Pay the relevant ETA processing fee using your electronic

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LGBT+ Sri Lanka

Does Sri Lanka welcome LGBT+ travelers ? As part of their ongoing Responsible Tourism program, The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka have pulled together the facts to give the LGBT+ community peace of mind about travel & related law in Sri Lanka. Many people believe that it is illegal to be gay or lesbian in Sri Lanka.  If you go by an old British colonial law (of the 1880s), it is illegal for gay men to have a sexual relationship.  If

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Sri Lanka Under water museum

Under water museum ! Sri Lanka’s first-ever underwater museum was declared open today the 17th June.  This underwater museum, a sculpture park and a collection of artifacts were hand made by the personnel of Sri Lanka Navy using eco friendly materials.  The whole underwater site  has been set at a depth of around 50 feet in the Galle harbour area providing a unique sightseeing experience for anyone including children, adults, experienced divers, scuba beginners as well as ordinary swimmers.  The

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RESTART SRI LANKA

  11 August 2020 update WTTC extends safe travel stamp to Sri Lanka The Travel Concierge exceeds complying with all protocols. Recognising the safety protocols introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka along with standards mandated by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) to ensure the safety of domestic and international travellers, destination Sri Lanka was recently endowed with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp. Whilst establishing confidence among tourists looking at the island paradise as

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Staff spotlight – Deshan Madubashna, Tour Executive

Having already worked in the travel industry for few years, Deshan joined us in 2017 and is discovering his full potential by enthusiastically managing and developing the India market for TTC Sri Lanka. Currently a young bachelor (#bacheloralert), Deshan lives with the five members of his family. He has been enjoying his work and believes his job gives him wings to interact with the world and to experience amazing challengers. One of his most cherished things working for TTC is

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TOP 5 – PLACES TO EAT SRI LANKA – COLOMBO

TOP 5 – Places to eat in Colombo Sri Lanka Colombo has so much to discover. We recommend staying in Colombo at the end of one’s Sri Lankan adventure. It was definitely a challenge for us to list our top 5. Ministry of Crab (MOC) is one of Colombo’s most trendiest places to dine. They are now in 6 other Asian countries serving the very best Sri Lankan crabs, probably the best in the world. So here are our five

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TOP 5 – VILLAS SRI LANKA

TOP 5 – VILLAS SRI LANKA One of the biggest challenges when it comes to organising a stay in Sri Lanka, is the amazing choice of stunning boutique properties to stay in. We certainly encourage our guests to “mix-it-up-a-little” and consider staying in one of the many superb private villas which all capture their own unique interpretation of Sri Lankan design & hospitality. Here, we have made it easy for you and chosen our Top 5, each with their own

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Sri Lankan Food Culture & A Traditional Recipe

Sri Lankan Food Culture by Nimasha Jayamanne (BSc. Food Science & Technology, University of Peradeniya) The staple food in Sri Lanka is rice. The importance of rice is evident in the Sri Lankan culture, where rice cultivation has played a key role in shaping our culture. “Rice and curry” is a staple that is cooked in every Sri Lankan household. Rice can be as simple as plain white rice to yellow rice, tempered rice or more traditional varieties of rice

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The Mudhouse

RECONNECT WITH MOTHER NATURE – while staying in a traditional Sri Lankan mud house If you have a sense of adventure and interested in connecting with the real Sri Lanka, staying in your own mud house built using traditional materials & methods can certainly be a rewarding experience. Spread throughout a large expanse of forest on the outskirts of a small village in lies, this eco-lodge is a private and seductive retreat, far away from the maddening crowds. Flanked by

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COVID-19 UPDATE SRI LANKA – 30 October update

30 October 2020 update  Quarantine curfew extended to Western Province. The main cluster creates a sub cluster Quarantine curfew is enforced in the entire Western Province from Thursday midnight,  October 29th until 5 am Monday November 02nd . Friday being full moon poya day, Sri Lanka entered to a long week end. In addition, curfew is enforced in 5 police divisions in Kalutara district, down south of Sri Lanka will continue until further notice.    The main Brandix cluster has

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Staff spotlight – Venura, Assistant Manager

We wanted to give Venura a special shout-out before he heads off  to live in his wife, Lalita’s, homeland of Thailand with their three year old daughter, Vehhasri.  Venura has been a wonderful employee and colleague and we wish him and his family the very best for their new life away from Sri Lanka.  We’ve asked Venura to share with us about life here and what will be missed…. How did you get in to the tourism industry? I graduated

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The Perfect Family holiday

The Perfect Family holiday – Sri Lanka! Where else can you enjoy walking through a jungle with monkeys swinging-by , swimming at waterfalls, seeing whales and having an evening safari watching elephants roam freely while being on the look-out for the elusive leopard, all in one day?! In time for the coming school holidays, The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka has released an amazing two week family itinerary. The team (and their own children) have come up with a fantastic family

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TTC’s Top Ten for a Fantastic Family holiday

The team at The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka are the maestros in creating the very best family holidays in Sri Lanka.  We’re experts as we have kids ourselves (and they tend to be the toughest critics!). Here’s our Top 10 on what makes our itineraries for the holidays spot-on: 1.An easy destination Sri Lanka is just a hop, skip and a jump away and is the perfect destination for a wonderful & enriching family holiday Where else can you enjoy

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Sailing Sri Lanka

Sailing Sri Lanka Sailing the south coast on a private luxury yacht Very few people know that you can enjoy sailing in Sri Lanka all year round.  Move over Croatia, Greece & The Caribbean – Sri Lankan shores continue to be sublime & spellbinding.  And much easier to get to! The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka have released their autumn package, which is ideal for friends to escape and indulge in sailing the stunning south coast of Sri Lanka. Guests are

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Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort

Opening of the Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort, South Coast This week The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka welcomes the opening of the luxury Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort by offering a special three night package for only USD 335pp (based on double/twin share) and includes: Complimentary return airport transfers Upgrade to a Deluxe Ocean View room Special dinner for two The newly opened Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort has 172 contemporary designed rooms, inclusive of suites, and our guests can

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Environment – It’s really a load of rubbish. The TTC team take things in to their own hands

ENVIRONMENT: It’s really a load of rubbish.  The TTC team take things in to their own hands And how our guests can help turn trash in to high street fashion… One thing that the Sri Lankan tourism downturn of 2019 did for The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka team was enabling us to take stock of the business and to identify areas we felt needed much more focus for the coming years.  Responsible Tourism unanimously became a top priority for us. 

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Wild Collective

Wild Collective – 3 day beach side festival in Kalpitiya April 3rd-5th For those wanting to escape to a tropical paradise and enjoy a three day festival oozing with creativity, Wild Collective is definitely worth a consideration. The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka have teamed up with Kitesurfing Sri Lanka to bring a special four night fully inclusive package* This is the festival’s second year and aims to directly support environment education, tree planting & waste management in the north west. 

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