Travel Tips

Sri Lanka is the most amazing holiday destination enriched with nature, amazing beaches and countryside, beautiful wildlife, incredible historical sites, wonderful food and a good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets. The best way to enjoy your holiday is to choose Dream Island Lanka as your travel partner.

Visa

If you decide to travel Sri Lanka for a holiday or business purpose, you must have Electronic Travel Authorization ETA for entering Sri Lanka. The payments should be done according to the payment plan made in ETA website and obtain an acknowledgement of ETA application. Please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information.

 

Visit visa

The person who enter Sri Lanka for a visiting purpose, he/she should obtain a visit visa includes details of the time period and conditions of stay. There are two kinds of visit visa.

 


Tourist visa

Tourist visa is proceeding to tourists who wants to enter Sri Lanka for relaxation, enjoy holidays and visit relatives for a short period of time.

 


Business visit visa

Business visit visa is proceeding to an individual or group who wants to enter Sri Lanka for business purposes for a short period of time.

For more information, you can contact,

Department of Immigration and Emigration
Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha,
Maradana,
Colombo 10.
Tel: +94-11-5329000 / +94-11-5329316/20/21/25
www.immigration.gov.lk

Photo permission and restrictions

There are some places in Sri Lanka which are restricted to photography. Especially religious sites. You can’t take selfies with Buddha statues because it is disrespectful to Buddhism. It is completely restricted in Sri Lanka. Make sure about the photo permission and restriction. When you want to take a picture of a Buddhist statue or image make sure to photograph it alone without posing alongside.

Customs at arrival, what you can bring with you

Visitors are allowed for an exception of customs duties on personal belongings such as clothing, cosmetics and gifts up to a value of US $ 250/- and 1 and 1/2 lit. of liquor and 2 bottles of wine. Gold and other precious metals, drugs, air guns, animals and plants (specimens) are restricted. The cameras and laptop computers are allowed but must be disseminated on arrival.

Customs at leaving, what you can not take with you

When leaving the country, you are allowed to take up to 10kg of tea duty-free. Antiques older than 50 years, rare books, palm-leaf manuscripts and anthropological material can be exported without permission. Purchase and export without a licence of any wild animal, bird or reptile, dead or alive, export of parts of animals, birds or reptiles, such as skins, horns, scales and feathers is prohibited. Occasional exports are, however, permitted exclusively for bona fide scientific purposes. A 450 plant species are prohibited to be exported without special permits. The export of coral, shells or other protected marine products is also strictly prohibited.

Foreign Currency

A person may bring any sum of money in foreign currencies in to Sri Lanka. But if the total sum exceeds US$ 15,000, such sum should be declared to the Sri Lanka customs.

Credit cards

Most accommodations accept credit cards. But be careful when you use credit cards because of a few rampant credit card scams in the country.

Banks

Banks open from 0900 hours to 1500 hours from Monday to Friday. You can withdraw money across the island at ATMs using international credit cards or debit cards.

Sri Lankan Currency

The Sri Lankan rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka. It consists of notes include Rs 5000,2000,1000,500,100,50,20 and coins include Rs1.2,5,10.

Health

In Sri Lanka, the health and standard of hygiene is really concerned than many other tropical countries. But it is important to make sure you protect yourself from various bowel diseases such as,

  • Diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery
  • Vector-borne diseases such as Malaria and Dengue fever
  • Varieties of fungal infections

If you plan a long trip to remote areas, the following vaccinations are recommended.

  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rabies

Sri Lanka has an extensive network of public health clinics and hospitals.

Health

In Sri Lanka, the health and standard of hygiene is really concerned than many other tropical countries. But it is important to make sure you protect yourself from various bowel diseases such as,

  • Diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery
  • Vector-borne diseases such as Malaria and Dengue fever
  • Varieties of fungal infections

If you plan a long trip to remote areas, the following vaccinations are recommended.

  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rabies

Sri Lanka has an extensive network of public health clinics and hospitals.

Upset Stomach

  • Visit street vendors and restaurants which look clean.
  • Make sure food is cooked throughly before eating.
  • Practice good hygiene while travelling

Then you will be protected from that illness

Water
Be ensured to drink bottled water or filtered water.

 


Travellers with special needs
Travellers with special needs should travel with a companion who can assist you.

 


Time difference
Sri Lanka standard time is 5 and 1/2 hours ahead of GMT.

 


Language
Sri Lanka is a multicultural society. The three main languages used here are Sinhala, Tamil and English.

 


Electricity
230 – 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. You may have to take with you a stabilizer if you are bringing a laptop or an iPad.

 


Sunburn
It is important to use sunscreen protector and same time Wear hats and caps and use umbrellas because Sri Lankan climate can become extremely hot during some period.

 


Safety
Sri Lanka is a remarkable place to travel in and no terrorism and no violent crimes against tourist people. If you have any complaints, you can contact special tourist police on this number +94112382209.

 


Airport
Bandaranaike International airport is the only international airport in Sri Lanka.