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Sri Lanka: Your Guide to Overflight and Landing Permits

Updated: Nov 1


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We know the importance of staying informed about international flight regulations and permit requirements. In this section, we're taking flight to the enchanting island nation of Sri Lanka, a place where lush landscapes, ancient culture, and a thriving aviation sector come together. Whether you're planning a business jet flight or operating a commercial non-scheduled over or to this captivating destination, understanding the requirements for obtaining overflight and landing permits is essential. Let's explore the process together.



General Information about Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka: The Island Paradise


Sri Lanka, a teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean, is a land of breathtaking beauty and deep cultural heritage. Known for its pristine beaches, lush jungles, and historic temples, Sri Lanka offers a wealth of experiences for travelers and aviation enthusiasts alike.

​Capital: Colombo

Official Language: Sinhala and Tamil

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Time Zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time (SLST)

Sri Lanka's location in the heart of the Indian Ocean has made it a crucial stopover for air travel in the region. Before you embark on your journey to this paradise, let's delve into the requirements for obtaining overflight and landing permits.


Is permit required?

Private Flight

Commercial – Non-scheduled

Overflight Permit

Yes

Yes

Landing Permit

Yes

Yes

Permit Overview

Overflight Permit

Landing Permit

Permit Validity (Hours)

+48

+48

Lead Time (Working Days)

2

3

Permit number format

SL/OC712-34/AS/23/05

SL/OC712-34/AS/23/05

CAA Processing Fee

NIL

NIL

Air Navigation Bill

CAA to the operator/airline

-


Is Sri Lanka an ICAO Member State?

Yes

Is Sri Lanka a EUROCONTROL Member State?

No

Sri Lanka 2-LTR Code:

LK

Sri Lanka ICAO Area Code:

VC

FIR/UIR:

VCCC

Application Process


To obtain an overflight permit for Sri Lanka, you must submit your request to the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL-CAA Columbo). It's advisable to initiate the application process well in advance, preferably 7 working days before your intended flight date. If your flight necessitates a landing in Sri Lanka, you'll need to obtain a landing permit. The landing permit requirements generally include the same documentation as overflight permits, with additional considerations, some documentation are not necessarily required; you just need to keep them ready and valid in case they are needed for the permit application.


Required Information

- Operator name & address

- Aircraft registry

- Callsign – Flight number

- Aircraft type – MTOW

- Flight schedule details

- Purpose of flight

- PAX or Cargo details

- Entry / Exit Points

Required Documentation


When applying for an overflight or landing permit, you might need to provide the following documents:

- Air Operator Certificate (AOC)

- Aircraft Registration Certificate (AR)

- Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)

- Air Noise Certificate (ANC)

- Insurance Certificate

What to consider when you have a flight over/to Sri Lanka


Make sure you are aware and ready with the following, even if they might not be requested by CAA:


Insurance Coverage:

You must have valid and comprehensive insurance coverage for your aircraft. Ensure that your insurance meets the requirements set by Sri Lanka authorities.


Flight Plan:

A detailed flight plan including your route, waypoints, and estimated time of arrival and departure from Sri Lanka airspace.


Aircraft Information:

Details about your aircraft, including registration, type, and capacity.


Crew Information:

The names and qualifications of your flight crew.


Purpose of Flight:

A clear explanation of the purpose of your flight, whether it's for commercial, private, or humanitarian purposes. PAX details or cargo details should be available.


Receiving party /CNOR-CNEE:

In case the landing permit is needed for a specific country/Purpose of Flight; pay attention to have all the contact details of the receiving party.


Navigation Fees:

Sri Lanka charges navigation fees for overflights. These fees can vary depending on the type of aircraft, route, and duration of the flight. Be prepared to cover these fees as part of the permit application process.

Basis: Maximum take-off weight

  • 5 ton to 90 ton= 100 USD


Landing Charges:

In Colombo/Bandaranaike International Airport Mattala Rajapaksa

Basis: Maximum take-off weight

  • 4 USD per Metric tonne of the MTOW

Minimum charge= 250 USD per landing


Parking Charges:

Basis: Maximum take-off weight

First 3 hours free thereafter 10% of landing charges per 6 hours or part thereof


Compliance with International Regulations:

Your flight plan and operations must comply with international aviation regulations and agreements. Ensure that your aircraft is equipped with the necessary communication and navigation systems required for safe airspace transit.


Coordination with VarnaJet


Once your application is submitted, it may take few days for the (CAASL-CAA Columbo) to process and approve your overflight or landing permit. VarnaJet will ensure quick process of obtaining. Maintain open communication with our team and be prepared for potential changes or delays in your flight schedule that needs to be addressed to our team as soon as possible.


Conclusion


Sri Lanka's stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage make it a captivating destination for travelers and aviation enthusiasts. However, to ensure a seamless journey, it's crucial to understand and adhere to the overflight and landing permit requirements set by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL-CAA Columbo).


At VarnaJet, we specialize in assisting flight operators and airlines with obtaining permits and ensuring their flights comply with international regulations. If you have any questions or need assistance with your flight planning to Sri Lanka, our team of experts is ready to help. Safe travels, and may your journey through Sri Lanka skies be filled with wonder and discovery!


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