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Tips and guides before you visit Srilanka

About VISA'S

 

Nationals from 80 countries who visit Sri Lanka for tourist purposes are exempt from visa requirements and automatically receive a free 30-day visa on arrival. Those from these countries who visit for purposes other than tourism should obtain prior visas from a Sri Lankan Consular Office. For nationals of other countries there is a varying fee for the 30-day visa.

 

The 30-day visa can be extended up to 90 days on the payment of a fee. You'll need to show a return or onward airline ticket out of Sri Lanka, along with proof of funds, such as traveler's cheques or credit card, and provide a copy of the bio-data page of your passport and 02 photographs.

 

Tourist Visit Visa

 

Please visit www.eta.gov.lk

 

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

 

When to visit SRILANKA

 

Sri Lanka is a year round destination with an abundance of sunshine all year round. The average temperature is around 27°C - 30°C in most parts of Island. The temperature gradually drops as the land rises towards the hill country, with some parts of the highland as low as below 10°C.

 

The island has two wet monsoon seasons; briefly between May and July in the south-west region and between December and January in the north-east. However, Sri Lanka has no off season per se as clear blue skied bright sunny days are the general rule even during the wet season.

 

Sri Lanka is 5 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Median Time), 2½ hours behind Singapore and 4½ hours behind Australia EST (Eastern Standard Time).

 

In your BAGGAGE,

 

Sri Lanka has a tropical country and cotton clothes are the most ideal to wear and of course your bathing suits are a must if you are visiting the beaches. Sun tan lotion could be very handy as it can be very hot sometimes.

 

If you are visiting the cultural and religious sites, it is a must that you wear appropriate clothing. Gents are required to wear trousers to cover their knees or a "sarong" with a shirt or T-shirt. Ladies should ideally wear decent attire such as a trouser or a skirt to cover the knees and a blouse or t-shirt. It may not be advisable for ladies to wear deep necked or a sleeveless top.

 

Organizing YOUR TRIP,

 

If you are interested in booking a Round Trip program, the flight times is an important component when making the maximum use of your stay. Most travelers prefer to stay near airport in the first night (if they arrive in evenings). However most European and Middle East flights arrive early morning to Sri Lanka which is ideal for most travelers to start the tour in the same day.

 

Currency and MONEY EXCHANGE

 

Foreign currency and Traveler's Cheques may be changed at any hotel, although commercial banks offer better rates. Converting Sri Lankan rupees back to a selected foreign denomination could be done at the airport bank which is open 24 hours of the day. Please retain your money changing receipts.

 

Currency notes are in 10s, 20s, 50s, 100s, 200s, 500s, 1000s,2000s ,5000s.

 

Credit CARDS

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA, MASTER

 

Hotels and shops accept most international credit cards. No surcharge is required for their use. Cash advances may be acquired against credit cards at certain bank ATMs. Most widely accepted cards are American Express, Visa and MasterCard.

 

It is advisable to inquire if your card type is accepted by the establishment before the use of any services.

Banks are generally open from 9.00am to 1.00pm from Monday to Friday. Some city banks close at 3.00pm, while others offer night banking facilities. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, all public holidays and special bank holidays on June 30th and December 31st. ATMs are most found adjoining bank branches island-wide.

 

Shops in SRILANKA

 

Most shops open at 10.00am and close at 6.00pm. Shops are usually closed on Sundays and Full moon (Poya) days. The full moon poya day has religious significance for Buddhists and alcohol is not served in hotels, bars and public recreational areas on this day.

 

Srilanka CUSTOM

 

You may be required to open your baggage for inspection. Refrain from carrying prohibited or restricted goods. Certain types of animal products, antiques and gold are not allowed to be taken out of the country.

Important Retain your shopping receipts, especially for gems.

 

Water in SRILANKA

 

Filtered, mineral and bottled drinking water is available at most retail shops. Avoid drinking water from the tap.

 

Electricity in SRILANKA

 

220 Volts/50 Hz Ac. Two and three pin plugs are used mostly.

 

Medical FACILITIES

 

If you need a doctor, please contact the hotel reception. The hotel will have a doctor within the hotel premises or nearby. Pharmacies can generally be found at the commercial center of most towns.

 

Communication FACILITIES

 

International Direct Dilling (IDD) facilities are available at all city hotels, resorts, post offices and telecommunication centers. Postal services are provided at most hotels and at the local post office or authorized sub-post offices. Telegrams and faxes can be handed over to the hotel reception for transmission.

 

Food and DRINKS

 

Your hotel provides safe and high quality food and we, as a policy do not recommend restaurants outside the hotel. Always wash and peel fruit before consumption. Drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration.

 

Banks in SRILANKA

 

Banks are open from 0900 hrs to 1500 hours Monday to Friday. Some city banks close at 1800 hrs, while some are open on Saturday mornings. It’s easy to withdraw money across the island at ATMs using international credit cards or debit cards.

 

Languages in SRILANKA

 

Sri Lanka has two official languages . Sinhala and Tamil - with English as a link language. Most people have some knowledge of English, and signboards are often in English.

 

Government information call center

1919

Find public train times, follow this link

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