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Discover Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA AT GLANCE

POPULATION
20,926,315

AREA
Total: 65,610 sq km
Land: 64,740 sq km
Water: 870 sq km

LANGUAGES
inhala, Tamil, English

LITERACY
Male: 92.3%
Female: 89.1% (2001 census)

CURRENCY
Sri Lankan Rupees (Rs)

CAPITAL COLOMBO
Sri Jayewardenepura
(Legislative)

CLIMATE
Pleasant tropical climate.

TIME ZONE
UTC + 5:30

TRAVEL TRIPS

01Visa

All Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering into Sri Lanka. Please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more information.

02Custom arrival

You are allowed to bring into the country duty free 1.5 litres of spirits, 2 bottles of wine, a quarter-liter of Eau-de-Toilette, and a small quantity of perfume and souvenirs with a value not exceeding US $250. The import of personal equipment such as cameras and laptop computers is allowed but must be declared on arrival. The import of non-prescription drugs and pornography of any form is an offence.

03Banks

Banks are open from 0900 hrs to 1300 hours Monday to Friday. Some city banks close at 1500 hrs, while some are open on Saturday mornings. You can withdraw money across the island at ATMs using international credit cards or debit cards.

04Credit cards

Most hotels, restaurants and shopping centers accept credit cards. Some establishments may try to add a surcharge, which is illegal.

05Medical 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.

06Electricity

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

07Communication

International Direct Dialling (IDD) facilities are available at all city hotels, resorts, post offices and telecommunication centres. 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.

08Credit cards Embassies

A list of embassies is given in the local telephone directory which is provided in most hotel rooms. If not, one may be obtained at the hotel concierge’s desk. Please contact us if further assistance is required.

09Safety

Generally, there are no security threats to tourists within Sri Lanka, but it is generally advised to travel with a companion or as a group. It is not safe to travel alone or with little company at night. There’s a special Tourist Police set up for complaints of lost items and you can contact it on this number + 94 11 238 2209.

10Hotel booking

The peak season is from December to March as many European travellers prefer the warm sunshine and the golden beaches of Sri Lanka. It is common that most popular hotels are overbooked due to the limited room inventory in the country especially along the coastal areas (Beach Resorts) and in the Central Province Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka. Apart from this period, the months of July and August could be also considered a peak period in Kandy due to the famous “Esala Perahera” which is a must to see for all travellers. Therefore, it is advisable to book in advance if you are visiting Sri Lanka during the peak season.

11Foreign currency regulation

Visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than US$10,000 should declare the amount to the Customs on arrival. All unspent rupees converted from foreign currencies can be re-converted to the original currency on departure as long as encasement receipts are produced.

12Foreign currency exchange

Its recommended to change the currency at reputed banks and currency exchange centers. Your driver will
be able to

13What to wear

Weather condition change in Sri Lanka in a matter of few hours (Eg Temperature in the hill country (Nuwaraeliya/Bandarawela etc..) drops to 10-15 on many evenings. Therefore, warm clothing is recommended if stays are in the hills. In generically temperature in the Sri Lanka is between 25-35C in most part of the country. Please consult your driver or Guide for more information

14Food and Drinks

It’s recommended to have foods and drinks in reputed restaurants. It’s best way to avoid eating from local eateries if you have sensitive stomach. Also, beware, that Sri Lankan food spicy but tasty. Further please consult your driver or guide.

15Water

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

16Shops

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.

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