Although we are currently in isolation due to Covid-19, Impact Escapes is looking forward to happier times when global travel can resume. We realise that even when borders open and airlines fly again, travel will not return to normal immediately.
Understandably, we expect travellers will be more concerned about health, safety and hygiene. You can rightfully expect new safety standards and precautions from airlines, drivers, guides and accommodation providers. We continue to use our time during these worldwide travel restrictions to educate ourselves on safety and sustainable options.
We hope that Sri Lanka’s efforts to contain Covid-19 to date will ensure that Sri Lanka can be considered a low risk destination for travel. There have been a relatively low number of Covid-19 cases (currently under 400) due to a proactive and aggressive government approach to combating the virus.
Sri Lanka is primarily a low density rural destination. With some careful itinerary planning and use of the same private driver throughout your holiday we will endeavour to minimise your exposure to large gatherings of people. We are also focussing our time looking at experiences where we can easily practice physical distancing where required.
There are a large selection of small independent and private boutique hotels throughout the island. We continue to spend time looking at the accommodation options and experiences that are enriching and engaging while maintaining your personal safety.
Sri Lanka is blessed with great weather year round, lending itself to being a destination where enjoying the great outdoors is natural. Hiking, swimming, relaxing on the beaches, visiting UNESCO sites, surfing and walking through tea plantations. Private wildlife safaris in one of the national parks is another of the most popular experiences on the island.
Spending time in the great outdoors with plenty of space is what Sri Lanka is well known for.
Impact Escapes are also considering the measures we will need to take to ensure the safety of our clients during their time in Sri Lanka. We have already started developing key health and safety guidelines in this regard including:
Site Visits / National Parks
The health and safety of our clients is always of the utmost importance to us. You can be assured that we will continue to prioritise this in our future trips taking whatever measures are necessary to enable our clients to explore Sri Lanka safely.
Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, has also announced that the intended future plans for Sri Lanka tourism could include adjustments to the visa process. In addition to this it may also include mandatory testing. We are awaiting more detailed information from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board in due course. This information will also include their plans for safety certification guidelines within hotels and restaurants.
We are pleased to see this proactive health-focused approach and hope it will provide you with greater confidence about travelling to Sri Lanka.