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Visa

Sri Lanka

Visitors to Sri Lanka visiting for tourism purposes must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka. This is an easy online process at SLVISA

India

We recommend getting a normal tourist visa for India. On arrival at Port Blair airport you will be issued with a Restricted Area Permit after filling out the required form. The Restricted Area Permit is granted for the duration of your stay not exceeding 28 days.

A Tourist Visa on Arrival facility is currently available for holders of passports of certain countries. You apply online, upload your photo and passport page and make payment. You will be issued with an Electronic Travel Authorization.

This must be done a minimum of 4 days prior to your arrival in India with a window of 30 days. Example: If you are applying on 1st September then you can select an arrival date from 05th September to 04th October.

Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html to check your eligibility and the full terms and conditions. This facility will eventually be expanded to cover most countries.

If your country is currently not on the list you will need to obtain a visa from the nearest Indian High Commission/ Embassy or authorised application centre. You are normally required to fill in the application online but your passport / biometrics may need to be taken in person or sent off for the visa to be issued. When applying online please make sure that you only do this with an authorised application centre as there are a number of websites that are not authorised by the Indian High Commission and charge unnecessary fees for their services. The form is fairly straight forward.

To find authorised agents search online for the Indian Embassy for your country. Click through to their visa services page. This will give you a link to the agency and the online visa application form.

If you are not able to avail the Tourist Visa on Arrival facility, don’t leave applying for your Indian Visa to the last minute. Allow anything between 1 week and 3 weeks for processing of your Indian Visa.



Travel

Getting there : Andamans

Our Andaman Operations are based out of Port Blair. Port Blair’s VirSavarkar Airport (IXZ) is accessed by air either from Chennai (formerly Madras) or Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India. Chennai Airport (MAA) has excellent international connectivity. Kolkata Airport (CCU) has limited direct international connectivity unless you are travelling from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Dubai. Flights from Chennai and Kolkata reach Port Blair, the Capital of the Andaman Islands by noon each day. If you want to there is the option of taking the ship ride across although this is not recommended as it takes over 2 days. The flying time to Port Blair is about 2 hours, in Port Blair you will be met and assisted on arrival.

A number of international carriers fly into Chennai International Airport and there is direct international connectivity with London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Muscat, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh, Hong Kong, Mauritious, Bangkok& Bahrain.

If you’re travelling from Europe we recommend a direct flight to India travelling with British Airways from London Heathrow or Lufthansa from Frankfurt.   If you’re travelling from the Gulf or the Middle East you can use Emirates or any carrier with direct flights to Chennai.

If you’re travelling from the Far East you can use Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, TigerAir or any other carrier offering direct flights to Chennai.

If you are booking your flights yourself we recommend using a price comparison site like SkyScanner or GoCompare to find the best deals and then making the booking directly with the Airline.

Please allow at least 2 hours between flights to ensure that you have sufficient time to clear customs and immigration in Chennai before your onward domestic flight to the Andamans.

Due to limited direct international flights, we do not recommend travelling via Kolkata unless you are travelling from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Dubai.


Getting there : Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has two international airports Colombo International Airport (CMB) and Hambantota International Airport (HRI). Colombo International Airport is connected to more international destinations at present. Obtaining a visa for Sri Lanka is an easy online procedure (please refer to the What are my visa requirements section for more info) Sri Lanka’s National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines is part of the One World Alliance and along with other member airlines connects Colombo to most of the globe.


Kirinda

Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Our fishing grounds in Kirinda are located about 6 hours drive from Colombo, to the South of the country. If possible you can fly into the new Hambantota International Airport (HRI), from here it is about an hour’s drive to Kirinda. Transfer costs are usually included for customers who book our fishing and accommodation packages.

Trincomalee

Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Our fishing grounds in Trincomalee are located about 6 hour’s drive from the airport, to the east of the country. Transfer costs are usually included for customers who book our fishing and accommodation packages.

Bolgoda

Fly into Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Bolgoda Lake is an hour’s drive from Colombo City or  two hours from the airport. Transfer costs are usually included for customers who book our fishing and accommodation packages.


General Travel Tips

  • Use mosquito repellents
  • Use a broad spectrum waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF. No sunscreen provides 100% protection so we also advise you to expose as little skin as possible.
  • Stay Hydrated – Drink only bottled water when
    out and about.
  • Don’t eat anywhere that appears unhygienic,
    it probably is.
  • Keep your belongings close to you at all times. Do not leave bags or equipment unattended.
  • Respect Local Customs and idiosyncrasies.

Currency

Sri Lanka = Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR)

India = Indian Rupees (INR)

Check the latest rates

Indian Rupees should not be available outside India and there are restrictions on carrying Indian Rupees to India from abroad.

Exchanging currency at your destination usually gives you a better rate.

If you plan on using your ATM card remember to let you bank know that you are travelling in India/Sri Lanka. There are no ATM’s located close to our fishing grounds in Kirinda or Trincomalee.

Electricity Supply and plugs

India 3 round pins – Type D

Sri Lanka has both Type D & Type G which has 3 rectangular pins. Most newer places use Type G which is the same as the UK

Voltage for India & Sri Lanka is 220 – 240 volts, the same as UK and Europe but different from America

India & Sri Lanka plug types

Remember to bring travel adaptors for all your electronic devices

Travel Adaptors that convert plugs for most countries to India/Sri Lanka are easily available and cheaper when bought through online retailers. Search for:  “your country” to India/Sri Lanka travel adaptor eg: UK to India travel adaptor

Clothing & Accessories

Light tropical clothing that dries quickly and is comfortable is recommended. We also recommend that you carry a raincoat, sun protective headwear & sunglasses. A good pair of non-slip shoes for boat trips are also necessary. While out fishing you’ll want to cover up as much as you can to avoid sunburn. You’ll need protective eyewear, clothing and gloves.

We recommend:

Eyewear: Costa Del Mar & Maui Jim

Clothing: Columbia PFG , Burke or any other light, quick drying material with a high UPF

Gloves: Rapala Fisherman’s Gloves , Smith Mesh Pro , Smith Titanium

Shoes: Crocs , Columbia or any other non-slip deck shoes

Wi-Fi and internet access

Wi-Fi internet access is available in common areas of the accommodation.  You can access the internet on your own Wi-Fi device.

Connection speeds in Sri Lanka are quite good but they are rather slow in the Andamans. They should be sufficient for email and other applications that do not require high connection speeds.

Using your smart phone abroad

Charges for using your phone abroad are usually quite high so unless money is no object it’s advisable that you consider the following:

  • Keep calling for emergencies and keep calls short.
  • SMS messages are usually free to receive but roaming rates apply to sent messages.
  • Update all your apps / system before you travel, then turn off automatic updates.
  • Save maps for access offline
  • Turn off Data / Data roaming
  • Use Wi-fi to access your email and social media accounts