Updated Booking Requirements

Avani Kalutara Resort is a certified ‘Safe and Secure’ Level 1 hotel. We look forward to welcoming you very soon. In the interests of protecting the health and safety of all our guests, please see our booking requirements below.

Travel Insurance

  • COVID-19 insurance cover for one month is required at USD 12 per person from People’s Insurance PLC, to be pre-purchased and charged by the hotel upon reservation.
  • A banking fee of USD 26 per booking will be charged from the guest.

PCR Tests

  • If the guest is not vaccinated for Covid-19, evidence of a negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken 96 hours before boarding of flights must be produced.
  • PCR tests conducted during the stay period to be pre-paid to the hotel soon after reservation.
  • All PCR tests are performed in-hotel for your convenience by a private-sector laboratory approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health.
  • Children under 12 years of age are exempted from PCR testing.
  • Each PCR test costs USD 40 per person.
  • A banking fee of USD 26 per booking will be charged from the guest.

All PCR tests are performed in-hotel for your convenience by a private-sector laboratory approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health.

Procedure for guests who have not taken the Covid-19 vaccination/ who have not completed the recommended doses of vaccinations/ or who arrive in Sri Lanka within less than two weeks of vaccination

  • You will be requested to have a Covid-19 PCR test within 24 hours after arrival (Day One) at the hotel.
  • Once the Day One results are available and confirmed as negative, guests can visit the approved important sites in a biosecurity bubble.
  • If the guest departs from Sri Lanka within less than fourteen days, a second PCR test should be done depending on the date of departure and should have a negative test report before departure (eg. If the guest departs on Day Eight, a second PCR test should be done between Day Six and Day Seven).
  • If the guest stays for less than 96 hours (ninety-six hours) in Sri Lanka, they do not need to conduct the exit PCR test (It is needed only if there is a requirement of the airline/ country of destination).
  • If the guest stays up to fourteen days or more, a second PCR test should be conducted between Day 11 to Day 14.
  • Guests should not change hotels until fourteen days are completed.
  • If the guest is staying more than 14 days, they can be released from the quarantine hotel if the PCR test results on Day One and Day 11th to 14th are negative.

If any of the PCR test results are positive, the hotel management should inform the area MOH and follow the treatment protocol of the Ministry of Health.

Procedures for vaccinated guests who are arriving after two weeks of post-vaccination

  • The guest needs to produce the original copy of the vaccination certificate together with a certified English language translation (if the certificate is not in the English language) to the Airport Health Officer on arrival and the hotel management.
  • The guest must do a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival at the hotel.
  • If the Day One PCR test result is negative, the guest may stay in the hotel until the completion of day seven and are allowed to visit approved sites of interest within a bio-security bubble.
  • After the completion of seven days, the guest must undergo a repeat PCR test on Day Seven at the hotel.
  • If the Day Seven test result is negative, the guest may leave the hotel and is free to make their travel arrangements after clearance from the area representative of the Ministry of Health.

Transfers and Change of Dates

  • Safe and secure transfers from international airports to the hotel, transfers between Level 1 hotels and transfers to places of interest/excursions are provided by the hotel and must be pre-booked.
  • Guests may change dates or change hotels (to any Minor Hotel in Sri Lanka) up to 24 hours before arrival. This is valid for rates with part or full pre-payment, for stays completed before 20 December 2021 and is subject to availability.

Avani Kalutara Resort has implemented the "Avani Shield" initiative that carries out enhanced levels of sanitation and use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants against COVID-19 throughout all public areas, including lobbies, reception, fitness centres, pool areas and guest rooms. Please click here for more information.

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For more information please contact our reservations department at kalutara@avanihotels.com


Booking Requirement FAQs

What is a Level 1 ‘Safe & Secure' Certified hotel?
  • From all the ‘Safe & Secure’ Certified hotels, these are the accommodation service providers who will provide accommodation services exclusively for international tourists during the first 14 days of their stay.
  • Level 1 hotels cannot accept bookings from Sri Lankans or resident visa holders as per Government regulations.
How do I apply for a visa?

All visas must be applied online through the Immigration ETA portal. Before you apply for your visa, you need to have a confirmed hotel booking, pre-purchased PCR tests and a mandatory COVID-19 Insurance Cover paid for through your ‘Safe and Secure Level 1’ hotel when making your booking.

  • The hotel will issue a reference number which you need to include in your visa form under the section ‘Contact Details’.
  • There you will be asked for ‘Address in Sri Lanka’, under which you need to indicate your hotel name, address and the reference number issued.
Do I need to pre-purchase PCR tests before I arrive? From where can I get my PCR done after arrival?
  • A negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken 96 hours before boarding is mandatory.
  • PCR tests conducted during the stay period to be pre-paid to the hotel soon after reservation.
  • All PCR tests are performed in-hotel for your convenience by a private-sector laboratory approved by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health.
  • Children under 12 years of age are exempted from PCR testing.
    • Please note that a negative PCR test for all guests (including children) may be a mandatory requirement by some airlines before boarding. The guest is required to confirm with the relevant airline. Each PCR test costs USD 40 per person.
  • A banking fee of USD 26 per booking will be charged from the guest.
Is there a mandatory minimum stay?
No. You can even visit Sri Lanka for 3 to 4 days.
Can tourists from any country come to Sri Lanka?
People from all countries are welcome unless otherwise specified. Currently due to the prevailing health situation visitors from the UK will have a restriction.
Do I need COVID-19 insurance?
  • Yes, you will need to pay USD 12 for a 1 month’s cover of USD 50,000 offered by People's Insurance PLC. This is a mandatory requirement when applying for your visa. Each guest, including children, should purchase the insurance, including children.
  • Pay your COVID-19 insurance premium of A USD 12 to your 'Certified Safe and Secure Level 1 hotel' when you are making your hotel booking. They will issue you a reference number (once paid for both Insurance and PCR tests), which you will need to process your visa.
What is the procedure for guests who have not taken the Covid-19 vaccination/ who have not completed the recommended doses of vaccinations/ or who arrive in Sri Lanka within less than two weeks of vaccination?
  • You will be requested to have a Covid-19 PCR test within 24 hours after arrival (Day One) at the hotel.
  • Once the Day One results are available and confirmed as negative, guests can visit the approved important sites in a biosecurity bubble.
  • If the guest departs from Sri Lanka within less than fourteen days, a second PCR test should be done depending on the date of departure and should have a negative test report before departure (eg. If the guest departs on Day Eight, a second PCR test should be done between Day Six and Day Seven).
  • If the guest stays for less than 96 hours (ninety-six hours) in Sri Lanka, they do not need to conduct the exit PCR test (It is needed only if there is a requirement of the airline/ country of destination).
  • If the guest stays up to fourteen days or more, a second PCR test should be conducted between Day 11 to Day 14.
  • Guests should not change hotels until fourteen days are completed.
  • If the guest is staying more than 14 days, they can be released from the quarantine hotel if the PCR test results on Day One and Day 11th to 14th are negative.

If any of the PCR test results are positive, the hotel management should inform the area MOH and follow the treatment protocol of the Ministry of Health.

What are the quarantine measures for guests arriving after two weeks of completed Covid-19 vaccinations?
  • The guest needs to produce the original copy of the vaccination certificate together with a certified English language translation (if the certificate is not in the English language) to the Airport
  • Health Officer (on arrival) and to the hotel management.
  • The guest must do a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival at the hotel.
  • If the Day One PCR test result is negative, tourists may stay in the hotel until the completion of day seven and are allowed to visit approved sites of interest in a bio-security bubble.
  • After the completion of seven days, guests must undergo a repeat PCR test on Day Seven at the hotel.
  • If the Day Seven test result is negative, the guest may leave the hotel and is free to make their travel arrangements after clearance from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
Will there be a dedicated medical officer for each hotel?
Yes. There will be an appointed A medical officer in each of the ‘Safe and Secure’ Certified hotels including the Level 1 hotels.