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SRI LANKA visa service & travel information


Visitors to Sri Lanka visiting for tourism purposes must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival or on arrival to Sri Lanka. Holders of ETA obtain a visa on arrival that is valid for 30 days. The Business purpose ETA can be obtained only from Sri Lankan diplomatic missions and head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months. Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria must hold return or onward tickets. Visitors are strongly urged to use the online system to avoid lengthy delays at the port of entry.


Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas.  Infants under 1 year are exempt.
Recommended immunisations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese B Encephalitis, Malaria, Polio, TB, Tetanus & Typhoid.
Risks: Malaria exists all year throughout the country except in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya. Rabies.


Temperatures and humidity are high throughout the year although temperatures on the coast are moderated by sea breezes. Interior highland temperatures are reduced by altitude giving a pleasant climate which is not too hot during the day and not too cold during the night. Rainfall is heavy/moderate everywhere and well distributed throughout the year. The south western coast and mountain slopes are the wettest areas  between Apr- Jun & Oct-Nov. The north eastern side is drier with little rainfall between Feb-Sep. The main rainy season being May-July.


Location of Sri Lanka: Indian Ocean
Local Time in Sri Lanka: GMT+5½
Capital City of Sri Lanka:
Colombo (commercial); Jayewardenepura (administrative)
Population of Sri Lanka: 20 million
Language(s) spoken in Sri Lanka: Sinhalese, Tamil, English
Dialling Code for Sri Lanka: 94
Emergency numbers in Sri Lanka: Police: 433333. Fire & Ambulance: 422222
Driving in Sri Lanka: Driving is on the left. International Driving Permit required. A Temporary licence is available on presentation of a National licence which must be endorsed at the AA office in
. Minimum driving age is 18
Electricity in Sri Lanka: 230/240V AC 50Hz
Currency of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR 1 = 100 Cents)
Notes: LKR: 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000
Coins: LKR: 1, 2, 5. Cents: 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted. Foreign currency can only be exchanged at authorised hotels, banks and money changers
Opening Hours in Sri Lanka
0900-1500 Mon-Fri
Office: 0900-1700 Mon-Fri
Shops: 0900-1730 Mon-Fri, 0900-1300 Sat
Hints in Sri Lanka: Some persons may prefer not to shake hands with those of the opposite sex. The business community generally speaks English. It is the convention to use the right and not the left hand when shaking hands and passing or receiving anything. Smoking is generally accepted. On social occasions arrive on time and dress as for business meetings unless suggested otherwise.
Tipping in Sri Lanka: Service charges are sometimes added to restaurant bills, additional tips of around 10% are discretionary. Tips for taxis are around 10%
Hotel Classification in Sri Lanka: Hotels in
Sri Lanka are officially classified from 1 star to 5 stars. However, smaller boutique-style hotels are unclassified.
Import Allowances in Sri Lanka: For persons of 18 years of age or older:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 340gr of tobacco
2 bottles of wine and 1.5 lit of spirits
Perfume for personal use and 250ml of toilet water
In case of a family travelling together, free import is generally only allowed for two members of the family
Airports in Sri Lanka:
Colombo Bandaranaike International (CMB)


For further information, please contact:

Mr Nalin Perera – Tourism Promotion Officer
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
Sri Lanka High Commission13, Hyde Park Gardens,London W2 2LU

Tel : +44 845 880 6333
Tel : +44 207 262 1841Fax :+44 207 262 7970
Email :

Visit www.srilanka.travel for latest news on Sri Lanka.

High Commission of
Sri Lanka

Hyde Park Gardens
London, W2 2LU
tel: +44 20 7262 1841
fax; +44 20 7262 7970
e-mail: mail@slhc-london.co.uk
website: www.slhclondon.org
hours: 0930-1300 (Mon-Fri)

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