Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Jaffna
You cannot fly directly to Jaffna. KAYAK recommends you fly to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl (CMB) (276.76 km from Jaffna). From there you can rent a car or get a taxi.
In the last 3 days, the cheapest flight deal to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport was found on the route from Auckland, at $1,678 one-way and $17,083 return. The most popular connection is from Auckland to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport and KAYAK users have found round-trip deals for as low as $6,775 in the last 3 days.
Colombo is 28 km from the center of Colombo.
When flying to Colombo, you'll arrive at Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport (CMB). The airport is also known as Bandaranaike Intl, Bandaranayake Intl, Colombo Intl, or Katunayake Intl.
Most visitors from New Zealand need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Jaffna. Most travelers can enter Sri Lanka, but there are restrictions. Travelers must pay for COVID-19 insurance on their booking for a stay at a level1 Safe and Secure certified hotel. Insurance is $12 USD with coverage of up to USD $50,000 for up to 1 month.
Read more about travel restrictions for Jaffna
Visitors from New Zealand will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Jaffna.
Visitors from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Jaffna.
Current regulations for vaccinated travelers to Jaffna: most visitors from New Zealand may enter Jaffna but may still need to provide proof of negative COVID test.
Health Declaration Form
Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form before arriving in Sri Lanka.
Masks: Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants: Open with restrictions
Bars: Open with restrictions
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "personel provided excellent service"
Cons: "food was ok. A faulty entertainment system did make our flight feel longer."
Cons: "Excellent flight service no"
Pros: "Same as my trip to Japan. Crew was great, boarding was easy, seats were pretty comfortable, food was great, and entertainment awesome. Gave socks and toothbrush amenities, along with the normal pillow and blanket."
Cons: "It felt a tad bit hot in the plane. No personal vents to adjust to one's own desire."
Pros: "Food, service"
Pros: "Boarding was good and the flight time was shorter than expected."
Cons: "My son did not like any of the meal selections between beef and fish. We asked for a ramen noodle cup instead that the flight crew denied they had, only after seeing them offer it to another family just seconds before. I was very disappointed!! I believe the flight attendant knew of my concerns because she started asking me if the service was ok. If your doing a good job, then you won’t have to ask."
Pros: "Friendly attentive staff. Excell ent food and great. Service."
Cons: "Really crowded seats in economy."
Cons: "Delayed 2 hours behind schedule"
Pros: "The cabin crew was awesome.. they are for sure the super stars of the company... I wish all of them all the very best for a very bright future"
Cons: "The service of the airlines is impeccable. But the ground staff near check in were not so. I hope they were a little considerate as I was travelling for a family emergency and had to take all my stuff back as I wasn’t sure what date I would return back. I was over weight but wish they had considered a lil as had to pay an other $300 extra.."
Pros: "Service was great especially the food"
Pros: "Christmas decorations, service, attitude of staff"
Pros: "I liked there was an opportunity to bid on an upgrade"
Cons: "Our bid was rejected yet there were empty seats in premium economy. Our bid was within the recommended range. You certainly would not have lost money upgrading us."
Pros: "crew was very polite and cheerful."
Pros: "Safe smooth flight. Timely take off and arrival. Great personalised service. Consistently high service standard is well appreciated."
Pros: "Crew was friendly and whole on ground process was efficient."
Cons: "Aircraft not as clean as expected from a flight departing from their home port. Can't put my finger on it, but standards have slipped for slipped for SQ, albeit from a very high standard."
Pros: "Efficient, courteous and attractive crew. Good food and drink selection and great entertainment system with large screens."
Pros: "Comfort Great book the cook meal choices Restful Attentive service"
Cons: "What’s there not to like about SQ"
Cons: "Food was. Not available. They said they don't have extra veg food . I selected beg food still it shows them non veg and I was pass my way with empty stomach"
Pros: "Just a generic flight. Had nice movies but nothing special."
Cons: "I felt very cramped and though it's nothing with the airline I had 2 crying babies right near me during the flight."
Pros: "Friendly staff."
Cons: "Kids' meal didn't have fruits. No cellphone charger."
Pros: "The comfort and food plus drinks."
Cons: "Delay in food distribution, over waiting because of many people but only twogroups of serving crew"
Cons: "Food wise can be improved. But for flight meat from ecomnomy class; it's considered good enough."
Pros: "The entertainment 100s of movies & Shows The very good portions just right"
Cons: "Boarding is very efficient and well organized But when it is going to be an hour late the passengers should be told not stand there on lines with no information"
Cons: "cramped seats freezing cold"
Pros: "Before booking my flight on Singapore airlines, I took the time to read through some reviews and to be honest, the reviews left by previous passengers did not do the airlines any justice. I rarely, if at all, leave any reviews myself but my flights (from SFO - Singapore and vice versa) were AMAZING! I was sitting in economy and the level of attentiveness that we received, I could only imagine how great first class could be. if i could fly Singapore on all my trips overseas I would."
Pros: "Great entertainment, good service, clean plane."
Cons: "The lasagna was pretty dry and meh."
Pros: "Thanks once again for a comfortable flight homs"
Pros: "Comfortable seats."
Cons: "We were supposed to fly back to Los Angeles from Tokyo on Wednesday, August 24th. We got to Tokyo Narita a little later than planned due to the Narita Express train being delayed. I had received emails that our flight had changed gates, and was then delayed, but when my sister and I went to check into our flight, we were told we were unable to board because it was too late. I thought it was absurd because the flight had not even started boarding, and I had gotten an email saying it was delayed. We tried to reason with them, but they would not let us on the flight. It was imperative that we got back to Los Angeles on Wednesday, but all our plans were ruined due to them bumping us off the flight. My sister had a connecting flight to Boston, which she then had to reschedule and was charged for. We were stuck another night in Tokyo, where we had to spend money on a hotel. The Singapore Airlines attendants eventually informed us that we could get on a flight the next day. This delayed us by 24 hours, which was highly inconvenient. It was also especially unnecessary since due to the flight being delayed, we would have absolutely been able to make it. I do not appreciate being bumped off of a flight due to airlines wanting to make more money, especially being stuck overseas. Its not like it was a domestic flight where we could just hop on another one in the next few hours, this totally derailed all of our plans. I do not appreciate the inflexibility of the Singapore Airlines agents, and this is not an experience that makes me want to recommend flying with Singapore Airlines. I appreciate that they did not charge us, however it was a major inconvenience that could have simply been avoided by better customer service and understanding."
Pros: "Singapore is #1 in my books. So glad I could get on their airline. The flight was super. The economy cabin was really nice and comfortable. I especially liked all the adapter plug outlets to power my equipment. I just can’t say enough good things about the cabin crew. The Stewardess were very attractive in their uniforms and make-up, not like the old maids United and American has. The cabin crew were extremely helpful and nice. The service was impeccable. The meals were actually pretty good. Course all the alcoholic drinks available was nice. A person could get wiped out pretty easy if not drink responsibly. But not a good idea to drink much cause of the aftereffects after the flight."
Cons: "The headset ear plugs left a lot to be desired. I need to bring my own good set to enjoy the vast selection of music and shows available. My number 1 complaint was the outside row seat armrests would not move up. This makes getting out of the seat into the isle much more difficult than it has to be. Why does it have to be stationary?"
Pros: "Nothing i like"
Cons: "Terrible ground service in changi airport singapore"
Pros: "For medium range flights SQ uses A330s. Business class is really OK, not great. Each passenger can freely choose any configuration of the seat without inconveniencing others. Food is great, both in presentation and taste, and serve with refined courtesy... I will gladly fly on this aircraft again on my way back."
Cons: "The entertainment system has literally hundreds of choices -- many, many movies for all tastes under the sky. But there is one drawback. Each movie starts, not when you are ready, but when the system is ready ; you cannot pause, resume it, no fast-forward..."
Cons: "Older aircraft seats quite hard entertainment on last flight to Copenhagen entertainment was average."
Pros: "Friendly and approachable cabin crew."
Cons: "Boarding was not good. No clear announcement. No special boarding for star alliance gold member."
Pros: "Crew were good"
Cons: "Entertainment system doesn't have a touch screen like other airlines. They give you ear but buds instead of head phones. Alright they gave us headphones for our young son you had to put the foam covers on yourself and they kept coming off. Not a very good selection of movies. Good is bland and not very good options."
Pros: "The crew was amazing!!"
Pros: "Good courteous service. Good in flight entertainment"
Cons: "Pity about the food which was bordering inedible. The crew were helpful but they lacked character. Almost like following orders to a t."
Pros: "The great staff on board!"
Cons: "The bland food!"
Pros: "Good choice of films. Ran on time. Staff very pleasant. Clean."
Cons: "Chairs really uncomfortable. I had back ache after trip to Singapore and the return one. No lumbur support and had to use the cushion against my back, which was too large. I found myself more cramped than usual on a large plane. The food was ordinary. stir-fried beef and veggies was steamed veggies, lots of rice, and beef, but very dry and uninteresting. Fish Asian style was much the same. Too much rice. Not enough sauce. Not much flavour."
Pros: "The brand new plane, the crew"
Cons: "The tastless food and the old entertainment system which was a bit outdated technologically"
Pros: "Great inflight entertainment options! Food was good"
Pros: "Crew service was wxcellent"
Pros: "Service was great. Seats very comfortable. Was able to stretch comfortably on a very long flight. Very good entertainment selection"
Cons: "The head phone plug only works with the head phones that are provided by the airline, which are quite cheap and not very good,. When I tried to use my own headphones I could only get sound in one ear due to the headphone plug. Very frustrating"
Pros: "friendly staff top Service top Inflight Product ( Seat, IFEN)"
Pros: "Punctual, reliable, and even though Economy class, the standard of comfort, service, food, entertainment etc, is reasonably good."
Cons: "It is irritating when you are unable to find any space for your cabin baggage near your seat, but this is a problem with many airlines - why not allocate it better? Also, not easy to use control to find specific movie or program."
Pros: "flight attendants do a great job of making this long flight as comfortable as possible."
Cons: "Seats were not very comfortable and seemed a bit old."
Pros: "What was no to like. Costumer service on the phone and in person is excellent. The staff is friendly and helpfull."
Pros: "I enjoyed the food. I enjoyed the seats they were comfortable and had good leg room. I enjoyed the recent entertainment that was available."
Cons: "I put that I was allergic to sea food but the salads all came with seafood."
Cons: "They adjusted the temperature to 85°+ to accommodate one customer. Making an entire cabin sweat for 12 hours is obviously better than giving one person a blanket. Add that to poor food quality and cramped seats make for a terrible flight."
Pros: "Emirates is everything we can wish"
Pros: "I had plenty of space"
Cons: "There should be more vegetarian options available. Crew were very slow in responding to my requests."
Pros: "Could not fault the staff one iota. Incredibly attentive to their customers, graceful and supportive. The supervisor get a special mention as he helped me with eating my meals with a sleeping toddler and even held her for me while I spent a penny. I have never felt more cared for by a group of complete strangers in my life! Thank you. You literally saved my sanity!"
Cons: "Nothing to fault at all on this flight. Food was great, staff were hard working and magical unicorns."
Pros: "My children enjoyed their first flight they were very well spoilt on the flight also the care they took with my mum."
Pros: "The departure & arrival time. A fantastic price that included an excellent meal there and back, 30k luggage quota, entertainment that lasted throughout the duration of the flight. It just seemed seamless and felt like it didn't take that long to get there. I will definitely be catching this flight, every time I return to NZ"
Pros: "Crew were friendly Entertainment was good"
Cons: "My meal was awful the only option for me was raw vegetables in order to have vegetarian and gluten free... It was carrot, cucumber and celery sticks and some fruit. I had the same meal twice it was very sad meal for 17.5 hrs with no snacks offered either. My partner and another man were forgotten as the meal rounds were being done. The crew seemed a little disorganised. The adverts on the entertainment were annoying."
Pros: "Footrest would make the flight just perfect."
Cons: "No footrest. Makes it a little uncomfortable for short people."
Pros: "Consistently good service from emirates crew"
Cons: "Too much meat in the dining options Boarding was slow"
Cons: "Food was not awful and most item not available in Fist Suites"
Pros: "Dinner meal. Seats"
Cons: "Bed, breakfast"
Pros: "I liked that all the families were in a separate area on the plane. Food and drinks on offer good, baggage allowance good and the leg room was good."
Cons: "The delay to get on the flight, hard with a toddler."
Pros: "everything was perfect i really enjoy my flight with Emirates i recommend everyone to fly with Emirates best experience ever"
Pros: "I was upgraded to business class. Very nice"
Cons: "Poor service, host lied when queried on arrival documentation to avoid doing anything. Second person we asked was helpful and answered immediately. Plane was two hours late with no explanation or communication. I did not expect such a poor level of service and it my worst experience with emerits."
Pros: "i not sure is emirate crew call switch working or not but many time i push that button but no one reply"
Cons: "crew service"
Cons: "Late boarding. Thought I was flying emirates and turned out to be Qantas. Seats not as comfy. They lost my luggage. Took 2 days to get it back."
Pros: "Very Kind"
Cons: "My seat assignment"
Pros: "Great legroom, quiet plane, seat free next to me"
Cons: "Not much"
Pros: "Movie choices"
Cons: "Checkin services Staff attitude"
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 was impressed by the professionalism!"
Cons: "Chinese passengers passing gas!"
Pros: "Great service all round and lovely staff on board! A delight to fly."
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☹️"
Cons: "The boarding process could be more organized and more smoothly."
Pros: "Received a flight credit"
Cons: "Emirates overbooked the flight and we were bumped."
Pros: "Everything else was good besides the below content."
Cons: "The customer service. After the meals came I pressed my button for assistance and was not attended to at all, there was over an hr before our flight was due to land. I didn't want to move from my seat as the person beside looked busy at work and I didn't know where I would go because I couldn't see any flight attendants anywhere."
Pros: "The plane was wonderful. Even in Economy, the seats were very comfortable with lots of room, both leg and seat. It felt like I was in Business Class of any other airline I've been on."
Cons: "My flight had a luggage limit of 30kg, which sounds good, until you find you pay per kilo, not per piece when you're over."
Pros: "First time flying in double decker plon"
Cons: "I would have been happy to receive points for travel on star alliance"
Pros: "more leg room compare with other carriers, a variety of meals to choose from for special needed people (need to pre book online)"
Cons: "can't find anything to complain with"
Pros: "So comfy... Great service. Wished the flight was longer b"
Pros: "La amabilidad de la tripulación, que sí el menú es completamente vegetariano. No como otras aerolíneas que te ponen manteca, leche para el café..."
Cons: "Todas las veces me cae muy, pero muy mal. Cuando llegó el momento del té o café, me dieron sal en vez de edulcorante. Demasiado condimento. No es comida para un vuelo, es difícil de digerir. Hasta produce síntomas de indigestión."
Pros: "Crew couldn't have been friendlier!"
Cons: "19H i guess, window seat's screen was not working"
Pros: "Economy seats still comfortable"
Pros: "Amenities and food, customer service."
Cons: "Wish that the airline would have told me in advance that I need an Australia transit visa before I went to the airport."
Pros: "The ariplane, movies"
Cons: "The check-in staff"
Pros: "Comfortable, friendly crew, and very good food and service."
Cons: "Boarding was disorganized and flight delayed slightly."
Pros: "A passenger was felt sick ( breathing problem?? ) and crew members were very responsive to attend to him, by bringing in O2 bottle etc. Very impressive."
Pros: "Great flight and service"
Pros: "Emirates was the referrer only. The flight was a Qantas flight hence same as any other Qantas flight. The fish dinner choice was over cooked."
Cons: "I like the luggage allowance-- more realistic than other airlines. The attendants were attentive but perhaps a little overdone on the fake smiles except for the main attendant who had the stressed/more straight-faced look for some strange reason. i probably should have been more tuned into the mechanical visual entertainment on board instead. Got to watch two movies which was great!"
Cons: "The delays, the switching of airlines with no prior notification. The flight was originally scheduled for 4:05 pm with Emirates, yet was changes to quantas and left much later"
Pros: "Flight was comfortable, good food and entertainment"
Cons: "Online check in didn't work on the first journey. Queue to check in was long. Also the blankets weren't provided but we had to request them. flight attendants were quite noisy at the back of the cabin( I had the last seat) so sleeping was difficult."
Cons: "The attitude of the crew, not friendly, the lady next to me had to ask 3 times to get her glass of water Very average, I was dissapointed as Emirates is the best company I flew with and Qantas does not have the same quality and service standards"
Pros: "I can't even choose what did I like the most about this flight, I was in economy but felt like I was traveling in business... The crew was excellent, the flight was quiet and calm, great food,..... And so on."
Pros: "The seats were spacious and the entertainment system was top of the line with huge screens. Staff was lovely."
Pros: "Everything we want to fly business class next time"
Airlines flying to Jaffna have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Jaffna
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Jaffna
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Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Jaffna
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Jaffna
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