Information about international travel to Sri Lanka (2023)

Sri Lanka

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Be especially careful in Sri Lanka due to fuel and medicine shortages, civil unrest and terrorism.

Republished with updated health information.

Be especially careful in Sri Lanka becausefuel and medicine shortages, civil unrest, uterrorism.

Sri Lanka is facing a shortage of imported goods including fuel, food and medicine due to the ongoing economic situation in the country. This led to long queues at gas stations, but the fuel rationing system helped alleviate the situation. Public transport is sometimes limited or restricted. Disrupted supply chains have led to shortages of food and medicine, particularly in remote areas, but most hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and private hospitals have supplies. Power outages of limited duration are common, but most tourist facilities have backup generators. Protests due to the economic situation could break out at any moment. In some cases, the police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Travelers should monitor local media for updates on the current situation.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in Sri Lanka, with little or no warning, targeting tourist sites, transport hubs, markets, shopping malls, government institutions, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions , airports, hospitals and other public places.

The US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in remote areas.

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Fast facts

PASSPORT VALIDITY:

It must be valid for six months from the expected date of departure from Sri Lanka.

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page is required for the entry stamp.

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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VACCINATIONS:

Required for yellow fever upon arrival from an infected area.

CURRENCY LIMITATIONS FOR ACCESS:

Foreign currencies above USD 15,000 must be reported.

OUTPUT CURRENCY LIMITATIONS:

If you are leaving with foreign currency in excess of USD 5,000, the entire amount brought in or acquired in Sri Lanka must be declared.

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Embassies and consulates

American Embassy in Colombo

Galle Road 210,
Colombia 03,
Sri Lanka
Phone: +(94) (11) 202-8500
Fax: +(94) (11) 243-7345
E-mail:colomboacs@state.gov

Description of the destination

Sri Lanka is a presidential parliamentary democracy with a developing economy. The beaches, hilly areas and archaeological sites of Sri Lanka attract visitors from all over the world. Tourism continues to grow. The capital Colombo, the Cultural Triangle (Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa), the cities of Kandy and Galle and many southern resorts have good tourist facilities, and the roads connecting many of these destinations are generally good and improving.

On 18 May 2009, more than 26 years of conflict came to an end when the Sri Lankan government defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). During the war, the LTTE had a history of attacks on civilians, but none were directed against American civilians. Since the end of the conflict, there have been no terrorist attacks and the government has authority over the entire island. The LTTE remains on the US list of terrorist organizations. Visitors can travel to all provinces; former bans on visiting some provinces no longer exist.

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Entry, exit and visa requirements

US citizens visiting Sri Lanka must have an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or visa to enter Sri Lanka.

American citizens who wish to visit Sri Lanka for tourism or transit purposes need a letter of approval from Sri LankaElectronic travel authorization system, onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds. TheElectronic travel authorization systemit is available online or at the port of entry. Visitors are strongly advised to use the online system to avoid long waits at the entrance. Online application, fees and other relevant information are availablehere. This travel authorization gives you the right of access for a maximum of 30 days.

Sri Lankan regulations define tourist travel as sightseeing, visiting friends and family, receiving medical treatments including Ayurveda and yoga, and participating in sporting events, competitions and cultural activities. Foreigners entering Sri Lanka on a tourist visa cannot convert their visa to a non-tourist visa and risk deportation if they engage in other activities without the appropriate visa.

Transit passengers are defined as foreigners who expect to enter Sri Lanka and stay for a maximum of 2 days while waiting for their onward journey. Passengers who do not cross Sri Lanka's immigration borders, but who transfer between flights within the airport, are defined as transfer passengers and do not require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or visa.

US citizens intending to visit Sri Lanka for short-term business activities such as attending business meetings, business negotiations, or attending conferences and workshops must obtain a business ETA. Business ETAs are not available online. Business travelers must obtain travel authorization from the nearest Sri Lankan embassy or consulate or at the Sri Lankan port of entry prior to arrival in Sri Lanka.

US citizens who wish to visit Sri Lanka for religious, volunteer, or community service must obtain an entry visa from the nearest Sri Lankan embassy or consulate before arriving in Sri Lanka. These visas are not available at the port of entry or through the online system.

All overstaying visitors must apply for a visa extension at the Immigration and Emigration Department in Colombo and pay the appropriate visa fees.

Travelers must have yellow fever and cholera vaccines if coming from an infected area. A yellow fever vaccination certificate must also be obtained by all travelers over one year of age who have traveled through the following African and Latin American countries within nine days prior to entering Sri Lanka:

African countries - Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

South American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

You should direct specific questions about entry and exit requirementsEmbassy of Sri Lanka, 2148 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, Phone (202) 483-4025, Fax (202) 232-7181. Contact the Embassy of Sri Lanka atelectronic mail; Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles at 3250 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2180, Los Angeles, CA 90010, telephone (213) 387-0210, fax (213) 387-0216; orPermanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nationsin New York, #630 3rdAvenue, 20thFloor, New York, NY 10017, Phone (212) 986-7040, Fax (212) 986-1836. There are several Sri Lankan Honorary Consuls General and Consuls in the United States. To visitEmbassy of Sri Lanka websitefor current visa information.

The US State Department is not aware of any HIV/AIDS access restrictions for visitors or foreign residents of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan law allows immigration officials to refer visitors and foreign residents to a doctor for examination if they suspect a risk to public health. This is rare in practice, but travelers should be aware that Sri Lankan law allows the denial of entry to any foreigner who, on the recommendation of an immigration officer, has been declared by a doctor to pose a risk to public health. Passengers who refuse a medical examination under these circumstances may be refused entry. Check this information atEmbassy of Sri Lankabefore the trip.

Information aboutdual citizenshipfrom deprevention of international child abductionyou can find atwebsite of the Office for Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information on customs regulations, read ourCustoms information page.

Security and insurance

The Sri Lankan military maintains a strong presence in the north. The system of military roadblocks and checkpoints has largely been dismantled except near military facilities and assets known as "High Security Zones" (HSZs). Although the government and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) continue to locate and remove landmines in the north, mines continue to be mined in many areas. Landmines and unexploded ordnance are still found in parts of the North, East and North Central Provinces, particularly in Ampara, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Polonnoruwa, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. As of April 2016, the government's national demining center estimated 54 km2these ten districts still needed to be explored and/or cleared. Travelers in these areas should stay on busy main roads and never walk through wooded or agricultural areas or abandoned properties. Passengers must be aware and able to recognize and avoid any area that is cordoned off for mine clearance. Travelers should not touch anything resembling a landmine or unexploded ordnance and should alert local police if they see anything resembling a landmine.

US citizens living in or traveling to Sri Lanka should be aware of their personal surroundings and follow prudent security practices. Travelers should avoid political rallies, public demonstrations, military installations and closed areas of the HSZ.

Demonstrations in Colombo are a regular occurrence. Most protests are peaceful and only cause traffic jams; however, some ended in violence between protesters and police or opposition groups. While most protests are related to internal Sri Lankan politics, protests against Western embassies and international organizations are not uncommon. Demonstrations can be held with little or no notice. Even those who intend to be peaceful can become confrontational and escalate into violence. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid demonstration areas and to exercise caution near large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Travelers should check the US Embassy Colombo website for possible updates, register forSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)receive email or text message (SMS) notifications about upcoming demonstrations and monitor media coverage of local events. Travelers should be aware of their surroundings at all times, review their personal safety plans and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Sri Lanka occasionally experiences heavy rains due to depressions around the island. Heavy rainfall led to flooding in low-lying urban areas and near rivers. Landslides have occurred during and after heavy rains in Colombo, as well as in Central, Western, Sabaragamuwa and other provinces, depending on prevailing weather conditions.

Crime:There is an increased criminal threat in Sri Lanka. Most violent crimes occur within the local community. However, the number of reports of violent crimes, attacks and intimidation of foreigners has increased in recent months. Police response to assist victims can take from minutes to hours, even in tourist areas, and especially in remote areas.

Organized and armed gangs are known to operate in Sri Lanka and are responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence, although there is no evidence that US citizens are particularly at risk. During a violent mob attack on a tourist resort in the southern resort of Tangalle in December 2011, a British national was killed and a Russian national was sexually assaulted and beaten. Sri Lanka's justice system can be slower than the United States and there are a number of open cases of crimes against foreigners.

US citizens are advised not to travel on public buses in Sri Lanka as passengers may be targets of criminal activity and bus drivers do not consistently follow driving rules.

Travelers, especially women, should consider traveling with other people if possible. Western women continue to report cases of verbal and physical harassment by groups of men. Such harassment can happen anytime and anywhere, but is most common in busy areas such as markets, train stations, buses, public streets and sporting events. Harassment ranges from sexually suggestive or rude remarks to physical assaults, and there have been assaults. While most victims of sexual abuse are local residents, the increase in sexual assaults on female visitors in tourist areas on the southern beaches underscores the need for foreign women to be vigilant.

Routine petty crime, particularly theft of personal property and pickpocketing, is not uncommon if the traveler does not take proper precautions. Street fighters or 'touts' are common around hotels, shopping centers and tourist spots. Credit card fraud is common and can happen at any establishment or when paying online. Sri Lankan police have uncovered groups of foreign criminals using "fake masks" and "pen cameras" to clone bank cards and steal personal identification numbers from ATMs in Sri Lanka. Travelers should consider paying in cash whenever possible and should review their statements carefully to ensure purchases on their credit card statements are accurate. Travelers are advised to consult with personal credit card security advisors to develop a protection plan that is best for your trip to Sri Lanka.

US citizens are encouraged to carry their US passport throughout their stay in Sri Lanka. US citizens of Sri Lankan origin may be subject to additional screening upon arrival and in the country.

The local equivalent of "911" in Sri Lanka is 119. This number is for contacting the police only and does not provide access to emergency medical assistance. Although the number is answered 24 hours a day, police response times may vary.

Crime victims:

  • United States citizens who are victims of sexual assault should first contact the United States Embassy.
  • The local equivalent of the "911" emergency line in the Maldives is 119. Note: This number is for the police only, not for emergency medical services.
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

Check out our website atassistance to American victims of crimes abroad.

We can:

  • help you find the right medical care
  • help in reporting a criminal offense to the police
  • contacting family members or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal procedure in general
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information aboutvictim compensation programs in the US
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited poverty medical assistance
  • help find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic violence:US citizens who are victims of domestic violence can contact the embassy for assistance.

Tourism:The tourism industry is unevenly regulated and safety inspections of equipment and facilities are rare. Hazardous areas/activities are not always marked with appropriate signs and personnel may not be trained or certified by the host country government or recognized bodies in the field. In the event of an injury, adequate medical assistance is usually only available in or near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside major cities and provide emergency medical care. US citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our website for more informationinsurers for coverage abroad.

Local laws and special circumstances

Penalties:You are subject to local laws. If you break local laws, even if you don't realize it, you could be deported, arrested or imprisoned. If you break local laws in Sri Lanka, your US passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It is very important to know what is legal and what is not where you are traveling.

At places such as military checkpoints, you may be taken for questioning if you do not have your passport with you. When traveling through Sri Lanka, ensure that your luggage does not contain any prohibited or restricted items, including weapons, ammunition, explosives, gold, narcotics and pornography, among others. In some places it is illegal to take photos of certain buildings. There are also some things that may be legal in the country you are visiting but are still illegal in the United States.

Penalties for possessing, using or trafficking illegal drugs in Sri Lanka are severe, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy prison terms and hefty fines. According to the Law on the Protection of Culture and the Rulebook on Antiquities, the unauthorized export of antiquities from the country is considered a criminal offense.

In addition, some laws are also illegal in the US, regardless of local law. See our website for examplescrimes against minors abroadiMinistry of JusticeWeb page.

Report an arrest: If you are arrested or detained, ask the police or prison officials to notify the US Embassy immediately. Check out oursWeb pageFor more information.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:Sri Lanka recognizes limiteddual citizenship. For more information, contact the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C., the Consulate General in Los Angeles, or the Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York.

The Sri Lanka Police still have several checkpoints around the country. US citizens are advised to carry proof of identity, such as a passport, throughout their stay in Sri Lanka. Photography is prohibited in certain high-security areas and near many government facilities, such as offices and military installations.

US citizens arriving by yacht or private vessel should be aware that all seaports are high security zones. Passengers arriving by sea should be prepared to have their vessels inspected by Sri Lankan Navy officials and should always wait for radio clearance before entering port.

Religious laws:Tourists should be aware of restrictions and regulations when planning to visit any religious institution, whether Buddhist or Hindu temples, mosques, churches, or other places considered sacred by the local population. Posing for a photo with your back to a Buddha statue is a serious offense in Sri Lanka, punishable by fine or arrest. Travelers should also be aware of displaying religious imagery, including Buddha tattoos, while traveling in and through the country, as foreigners have been arrested or denied entry to Sri Lanka for such tattoos.

Religious travelers:See our following websites for details:

Passengers:If you're traveling abroad as a woman, check out our travel tipsPassengers.

students:Check out oursStudents abroadpage iFBI travel tips.

LGBTI passengers:See inclusionsLGBTI travel informationpage and section 6 of ourHuman Rights Report for more details.

Passengers requiring accessibility assistance:In Sri Lanka, people with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodations quite different from the United States. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that steps should be taken to provide easy access to public buildings for people with disabilities. Although there are accessibility policies, the lack of wheelchair access in most buildings limits access for people with disabilities. Potholes and poorly maintained sidewalks can make movement very difficult. Sri Lanka's road network is improving, but many roads are still in moderate to poor condition. Sidewalks and intersections in most major cities are often crowded with vendors, stray dogs, and groups of people hanging around street corners.

Health

We do not pay medical bills.Note that the U.S. Medicare is not valid abroad.

Health insurance:Check if your health insurance offers coverage abroad. Most healthcare providers abroad only accept cash. Check out our website for moreinformation on insurers for cover abroad.

We highly recommendAdditional insurance(our website) to cover medical evacuation.

Medical institutions:There are six major hospitals in the Colombo area, including four facilities with emergency trauma services: Asiri Surgical Hospital; Lanka Hospital; Central Hospital; and the state-run National Hospital. Medical facilities outside Colombo are limited. The US Embassy maintains a list of private physicians available at the EmbassyWeb page. Availability of medical supplies is uneven; therefore, travelers should carry special medications with them. Serious medical conditions require evacuation to the United States or a nearby country with more advanced medical facilities, such as Thailand or Singapore. Neither Thailand nor Singapore require US citizens to have an entry visa.

Several mosquito-borne diseases are present in Sri Lanka, including Dengue, Chikungunya and Japanese Encephalitis. Dengue fever is particularly widespread in the western province of Sri Lanka, where the capital, Colombo, is located. Adequate mosquito protection is recommended. See the entry/exit requirements section (above) for information on communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS.

vaccinations:Stay up to date with everythingvaccinationsrecommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional health information:

Travel and transportation

Road safety and road conditions:In Sri Lanka, US citizens may encounter traffic situations that differ significantly from those in the United States. Car traffic in Sri Lanka drives on the left (British style). Traffic in Colombo can be congested. Narrow two-lane highways, overloaded trucks, underperforming buses, and a variety of modes of transportation ranging from bullock carts and bicycles to new four-wheel drive vehicles make driving dangerous. Unexpected roadblocks and one-way streets are common and may not be clearly marked. Many visitors hire cars and drivers for long trips around the country. People who choose to rent a three-wheeled vehicle ("tuks" or "three wheels") should use metered vehicles or arrange prices in advance to avoid conflicts on arrival. If you are renting a vehicle, be sure to specifically ask for it with the correct seat belts.

Heavy rainfall sometimes causes flooding that can make roads impassable for days and put you at risk of landslides.

Consult ourRoad Safety pageFor more information. We also recommend that you visit the websiteNational Tourist Board of Sri Lanka.

Aviation security supervision:Since there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by registered Sri Lankan airlines, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety compliance . standards. You can find more information atFAA safety assessment site.

FAQs

Can US citizens travel to Sri Lanka right now? ›

US nationals do not need a visa in advance of the trip and can visit Sri Lanka simply with this electronic travel authorization. The Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization, also known as ETA, is fully available online. US passport holders are not required to schedule an appointment at an embassy or consular office.

What is the foreign office advice to travel to Sri Lanka? ›

You should be vigilant, avoid large gatherings and keep up to date with developments via this travel advice and local media. See 'Shortages' and 'Political Situation' for more details.

Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka now 2023? ›

The answer is yes, generally speaking. Sri Lanka is considered a safe country to visit, with a relatively low crime rate compared to many other countries.

Do I need a PCR test to arrive in Sri Lanka? ›

Pre departure negative COVID-19 test reports should be in English (PCR report done within 72 hours prior to embarkation OR Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) report (self-swabs are disallowed) done within 48 hours prior to embarkation).

What vaccinations do I need for Sri Lanka? ›

Courses or boosters usually advised: Tetanus. Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid. Selectively advised vaccines - only for those individuals at highest risk: Japanese Encephalitis.

What documents do I need to enter Sri Lanka? ›

Passport Requirement: Passport required. Document Validity: Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Visa Issuance: Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) can be obtained before departure at www.eta.gov.lk.

Do you need to be vaccinated to go to Sri Lanka? ›

A food and water borne disease, typhoid vaccination is often recommended for travel to Sri Lanka.

Do you need a vaccine to enter Sri Lanka? ›

Other travel vaccinations required to visit Sri Lanka

For your trip, you may need to update some vaccines: Yellow fever vaccination certificate: If you are traveling from a country with health risks of Yellow Fever virus transmission, you will have to show your certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever.

Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka at this time? ›

Yes, Sri Lanka is safe. I had another short-trip to Colombo in April and it verified what I had first noticed. Things have gone back to normal and tourists have nothing to worry about. Since 5% of the country's GDP is dependent on tourism, it's important for locals to send this message to the world.

What is the best time to visit Sri Lanka? ›

Weather: During the months of December to April, most of the island country experiences a beautiful hot and dry climate. With ample sunshine, clear blue skies and lush green landscapes, this period is considered to the best climate to visit Sri Lanka in.

Is Sri Lanka expensive to visit? ›

Generally speaking, you can travel around Sri Lanka on a budget of $25-$50 per day (per person). With a budget of $25 a day, you'll stay in budget hotels, travel with public transport, make the most of the (many) free activities Sri Lanka has to offer, and eat (delicious) local food.

Do I need a visa to go to Sri Lanka? ›

Do I Need a Visa for Sri Lanka? Yes, everyone needs some form of visa before they are allowed to travel or enter Sri Lanka. However, for a large number of people, getting a Sri Lanka visa is fairly easy, as it is possible to apply online (Electronic Travel Authorization) or on arrival at the airport.

Does Sri Lanka require quarantine? ›

Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to Sri Lanka? Quarantine is not required when arriving in Sri Lanka.

What are the PCR rules for Sri Lanka airport? ›

A repeat PCR test will be conducted 5-7 days after arrival or if the guest develops respiratory symptoms, whichever comes first. For visitors in Sri Lanka for a duration of longer than 10 days, a further PCR test will be carried out after 10-12 days of arrival.

Is Sri Lanka on the red list? ›

In his statement the Minister confirmed that Kenya, Oman, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Egypt will be removed from the red list at 4am on Wednesday 22 September.

Do I need malaria pills for Sri Lanka? ›

Malaria is a risk in some parts of Sri Lanka. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor's instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.

Can you drink tap water in Sri Lanka? ›

Water and food

Avoid drinking tap water in Sri Lanka. Although it's generally chlorinated and safe to drink, the unfamiliar micro-organisms it contains (compared with what you're used to at home) can easily precipitate a stomach upset.

What is the best currency to use in Sri Lanka? ›

The best way of getting your Sri Lankan spending money is to bring sterling notes and swap them for rupees at the airport, where the banks and money exchanges are open 24 hours a day. They offer the same rate as the plentiful banks and exchanges all over the island.

How much is Sri Lanka visa on arrival? ›

Methods of Submission of ETA Application.All Other Countries
*By Third partyUS$ 50
*At Sri Lanka Overseas MissionsUS$ 50
*At the head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, ColomboUS$ 50
*On arrival at the port of entry in Sri LankaUS$ 60
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How much does Sri Lanka visa cost? ›

Sri Lanka Visa Fees for Indian Citizens
Type of Sri Lanka VisaSri Lanka Visa Fees
Tourist evisa (30 Days)₹ 2,200
Business eVisa (30 Days)₹ 2,850

How long does it take for a Sri Lanka visa to be approved? ›

ETA Sri Lanka Processing Time: 3 days. Sri Lanka Tourist Visa Validity: 6 months validity for a double entry visa of 30 days.

Can you travel back to the US without vaccine? ›

All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

How to fill departure card Sri Lanka? ›

The air passengers can fill this card online three days prior to their travel, via the official web site www.immigration.gov.lk of the Department of Immigration and Emigration or through https://eservices.immigration.gov.lk/emb/eEmbarkation/'#/home-page web page.

What happens if I get Covid in Sri Lanka? ›

If you test positive for COVID-19while in Sri Lanka, you will be expected to isolate for 7 days in line with this guidance from the Government of Sri Lanka. Plan ahead and make sure you: can access money. understand what your insurance will cover.

What is happening in Sri Lanka? ›

What has been happening in Sri Lanka? In early 2022, Sri Lankans started experiencing power cuts and shortages of basics such as fuel. The rate of inflation rose to 50% a year. As a result, protests broke out in the capital Colombo in April that year and spread across the country.

How to visit Sri Lanka? ›

How to Reach Sri Lanka
  1. By Air. The easiest way to reach Sri Lanka is by taking a flight from India and reaching there probably on the same day of your departure. ...
  2. By Road & Train. Being a separate island country away from India, Sri Lanka is completely inaccessible by train and road. ...
  3. By Sea.

Is Sri Lanka recovering? ›

One year on, Sri Lanka seems to be transitioning from an economic crisis to a recovery pathway. With political will to implement the IMF Programme, Sri Lanka could see some economic normalcy in a few years.

How much dollars can I carry from Sri Lanka? ›

Limit the issuance of foreign exchange for any person resident in Sri Lanka who intends to leave Sri Lanka under the Temporary Residence Visa of another country up to a maximum of USD 10,000 or equivalent in any other designated foreign currency.

How many days do you need in Sri Lanka? ›

Three weeks is an ideal length for a Sri Lanka route, as you cross through the jungle, mountains, tea plantations, and paradise coastline. Start in big metropolitan cities and end your time relaxing on beautiful beaches with a coconut in hand.

What is the hottest month in Sri Lanka? ›

May is generally the hottest month of the year all over Sri Lanka and the east coast sees temperatures consistently over 30°C and remaining high all the way through the summer. Levels of rainfall on the east coast are low throughout the majority of this period.

What is Sri Lanka famous for? ›

This is an island of magical proportions, once known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon. Sri Lanka is famous for producing finest tea, rubber and coconut, as well as exotic spices.

Is Sri Lanka beautiful? ›

Full of romantic landscapes, stirring mountains, lush green tea gardens and golden beaches, the island nation of Sri Lanka is nothing short of magnificent.

Why is Sri Lanka worth visiting? ›

Why Visit Sri Lanka? This South Asian island is brimming with rich history, diverse culture, spectacular wildlife, stunning landscapes and unparalleled experiences. Here you can go on thrilling safaris, taste incredible cuisine, enjoy beautiful weather and so much more.

How much money do I need per day in Sri Lanka? ›

You should plan to spend around LKR8,804 ($29) per day on your vacation in Sri Lanka, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, LKR1,871 ($6.11) on meals for one day and LKR1,096 ($3.58) on local transportation.

What is the best area to stay in Sri Lanka? ›

Best places to stay in Sri Lanka
  • GALLE. (History, Food) ...
  • MIRISSA. (Beaches, Honeymoon, Nightlife, Surfing, Relaxation) ...
  • ARUGAM BAY. (Beaches, Honeymon, Nightlife, Surfing, Safari) ...
  • SINHARAJA. (Nature, Relaxation) ...
  • ELLA. (Nature, Hiking) ...
  • SIGIRIYA. (Nature, Archeology, Sightseeing) ...
  • KANDY. (Tea Plantations. ...
  • NUWARA ELIYA.

What money do they use in Sri Lanka? ›

Sri Lanka's official currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee. Bank notes come in denominations of 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rupees, and coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, and 10 rupees.

How long can a US citizen stay in Sri Lanka? ›

How long is my Sri Lanka tourist ETA valid for? If you apply for the Tourist ETA, you'll be able to stay in this country for 30 days in Total. The amount of days is valid for each entry, and the ETA is a Double Entry visa, so you can have a total of 60 days at most when entering Sri Lanka.

Can you drive in Sri Lanka with US license? ›

Sri Lanka is one of the few countries requiring you to verify your license in-country before you can drive. This means driving on an International Driving Permit or foreign national license is illegal in Sri Lanka. You need to get your non-Sri Lankan license “verified” in Sri Lanka before you can drive.

What is Sri Lankan traditional food? ›

The central feature of Sri Lankan cuisine is boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of fish or meat, along with other curries made with vegetables, lentils, or fruits. Dishes are accompanied by pickled fruits or vegetables, chutneys, and sambols.

Can I travel to Sri Lanka without return ticket? ›

A return ticket is one of the mandatory documents required at the time of getting a tourist visa for Sri Lanka. If you fly to Sri Lanka without a return ticket, your ETA application will not be accepted and you will be asked to return or deported from the country.

Can visitors go inside airport in Sri Lanka? ›

You have to go through the thermal scanning successfully as per the guidelines of the government. Any passenger or visitor with symptoms of COVID-19 infection will not be allowed to enter the airport terminal building.

What is airport departure procedure? ›

Departure. After reaching the final gate, wait in the boarding area to board the flight. You aboard the plane once the final check of your boarding pass is done. Settle in, put on your seat belt and listen carefully to the instructions. Voila, Here you go!

Is SriLankan Airlines still flying? ›

In view of travel restrictions between certain countries being relaxed, SriLankan Airlines is delighted to offer our services to passengers who are eligible to travel under the travel advisories of the respective countries.

Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka right now 2023? ›

The answer is yes, generally speaking. Sri Lanka is considered a safe country to visit, with a relatively low crime rate compared to many other countries.

How long can you stay in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa? ›

A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka, may apply for an extension. The short term visit visa may be extended maximum up to 270 days from the the date of arrival in three consecutive instances as grant 30 days on entry , 60 days at first extension and 90 days for second and third instances.

What is the tourism situation in Sri Lanka? ›

Sri Lanka's tourism receipts peaked in 2018 at $5.61 billion on a recorded 2.5 million tourist arrivals. In contrast, approximately 194,500 tourists arrived in 2021, a 92 percent reduction, but the government's 2022 estimates are more promising at 496,400 arrivals as of August.

How much does a Sri Lanka visa cost for US citizens? ›

Charges in United States Dollars
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries.
1Tourist Visa with Double Entry for 30 days.US$ 20
2Tourist Visa Single Entry up to 90 days.US$ 20
3Tourist Visa with Double Entry up to 90 days.US$ 20
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Is it fine to travel to Sri Lanka now? ›

Sri Lanka is completely safe to travel to with the resumption of political stability in July 2022. Recent media coverage about the ground situation is here.

What is the current situation of tourism in Sri Lanka 2023? ›

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will raise its tourist arrival target to 2.0 million in 2023 from an earlier 1.5 million on the back of better trends seen in the first quarter, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Priantha Fernando said.

Has tourism resumed in Sri Lanka? ›

International flights to Sri Lanka have resumed. Borders are open for international tourists with negative COVID report. Travelers staying for more than 10 days will be re-examined after 4-5 days. Travelers must present a health certificate verifying that they do not have coronavirus.

What is the best time of year to visit Sri Lanka? ›

Whilst the best time to go to Sri Lanka is between December and mid-April, which is considered to be the countrywide peak season, the traditional summer holiday months are also favourable on the east coast which is at its peak from May to September.

How much is visa fees for U.S. citizens? ›

The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from $160 to $185. The fee for certain petition-based NIVs for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205.

How much is US visa free? ›

Visa Types and Application Fee Amounts

The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$185. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are US$205. K visas cost US$265 and the fee amount for E visas is US$315.

How can I get visit visa from Sri Lanka to USA? ›

How to Apply
  1. Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
  2. Pay the visa application fee.
  3. Schedule your appointment on this web page. You will need the following information in order to schedule your appointment: ...
  4. Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview.

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