Sri Lanka Entry Formalities



  • A passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in the country is a mandatory requirement
  • A visa is required (cost approximately US$20.00 available online or on arrival at Colombo Airport.
  • A website is available to travelers to make their visa application www.eta.gov.lk Children are subject to the same passport and visa obligations as adults.

Health

Vaccines
No vaccinations are required to travel to Sri Lanka. We do recommend however that vaccinations against classical diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid, hepatitis A and B are up to date..
Anti-malarial precautions are strongly recommended, especially if you are visiting rural areas. Consult your doctor regarding these and ensure you carry with you and use freely mosquito repellants
Dentist and doctor
We recommend that you visit these for checks shortly before your departure
For more information on precautions, you can consult the website of IMS (International Medical Service): Travel www.smi-sante.com


Practical Info - Time difference:

GMT + 5:30. Either + 3:30 + 4:30 in summer and in winter.



Money

The currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). Exchange rates (as a guide): 1 € = approximately 160LKR; 1 NZS = approximately 99LKR and 1 AU$ = approximately 119LKR.You can easily change money in exchange offices. These are shown on arrival at the airport, however exchange rates at these locations are less favourable.

Payment for major purchases may be made with your credit card. (Note - banks may charge fees for these transactions and we recommend that you obtain prior information from your bank.) You can also withdraw rupees from money dispensers that can easily be found in major areas.



Electricity

Voltage in Sri Lanka is 220 volts. Generally, electrical outlets are three-pin and are therefore not compatible with European plugs. Adaptors are readily available at local markets. Power outages are frequent, however most hotels are well equipped with emergency generators.



Telephone & Internet

  • To call Sri Lanka dial 00 94 + area code + phone number.
  • GSM Coverage is good
  • Internet connections are available in all major hotels. Many cyber sites are available throughout the country


General

  • Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Area: 65,610 km2
  • The administrative capital Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Economic capital: Colombo
  • Population: 21.5 million
  • Official languages: Sinhalese, Tamil.


Security

We are committed to identifying and assessing risks on trips we offer.
Since 2009, Sri Lanka has emerged from a long civil war started in the early 80s; but the war is over and peace has returned. It is quite safe to move around No region of the world, no country can be considered as being safe from any risk to belongings or persons. When traveling, risk sources are multiple: geophysics, transport, health status, ordinary crime or terrorism.
We are on site at all times and we enjoy close relations with the authorities and a network throughout the country. We always follow our tours and we are in regular contact with the coaches. In addition, you can contact us at any time.
We undertake to inform you before or during your trip, about any potential security risk seamlessly.
In front of known and proven risk that we would be informed, we reserve the right to strengthen our managerial staff (for guided tours), or even revise the initial itinerary to bypass a zone considered risky.
However, it is important to remember that we cannot replace your own decisions.