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Banks

Banks are available throughout the island in all towns, with ATMs widespread within each town covering VISA/Mastercard and AMEX....

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Holidays

In addition to Saturday and Sunday, the full moon day (Poya Day) of each month is a holiday in...

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Currency

The Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR) is divided into 100 cents. The notes are in LKR 5000,2000,1000, 500, 100, 50,...

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Time Difference

Sri Lanka standard time is 5 ½ hours ahead of GMT. (Allowance should be made for summertime changes). The...

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Credit cards

International credit cards are accepted by nearly all reputed outlets of business throughout the country. The standard precautions need...

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Language

There are two official languages – Sinhala and Tamil. English, while being a link language is fairly well comprehended...

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Electricity

230-240 volts, 50 cycles AC. A portable stabilizer will be handy in case of power fluctuations etc. outside Colombo...

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Food and Beverage

Whilst international cuisine is standard in all reputed tourist hotels throughout Sri Lanka, Western cuisine will be limited in...

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Water

Tap water though treated at source, needs to be avoided for drinking purposes. Sticking to bottled water throughout is...

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Baggage

Low budget tourists, travelling in public transport need to travel light, so as to keep tight control of one’s...

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Hotel Bills

Visitors must request bills for all products and services provided. Most services in reputed places include a service charge...

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Health Safety

Bowel disease is the major health risk, and above precautions in the consumption of food and drink is a...

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Dress Code: What to Wear

Cotton clothes are recommended, with light, woollen ones for the central hills. Comfortable shoes, cotton socks, sandals and flip...

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Photography

Sri Lanka is a photographer’s delight. Besides her colourful landscape and abundant animal life, the people themselves love to...

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Communication

Mobile telephone service providers are a plenty and are very competitively priced. A SIM card may be obtained at...

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TV/Radio/Newspapers

English newspapers available on a daily basis include The Daily Mirror and The Daily News, together with their week-end...

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Customs

Customs – Imports.
Duty free import of 1.5 litre of spirits, 2 bottles of wine and other perfumes etc....

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Entry Requirement

Tourist Visit Visa. Bona fide tourists must have Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) (Please visit website – http//www.eta.gov.lk); Passport valid...

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Getting There

Arrival into Sri Lanka is mainly by air. The international airport is located 35 km North of the commercial...

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When to Visit

It is summertime all year through, and the cooler times between November and April are popular with Western tourists....

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Where to Stay

Sri Lanka offers a wide choice of tourist accommodation across the spectrum from low budget to high-end, throughout the...

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Upset Stomachs

Bowel problems are reportedly quite common with most Western tourists trying out the Asian/native cuisine. Most places frequented by...

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Safety at Public Places

Tourists need to watch out for `touts’, unauthorized guides and beggars, who are unfortunately present at all tourist sites,...

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Special Needs

Outside the international airport and a few high-end places, facilities are limited and travelling with a companion is advised....

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Sunburn and Heat stroke

Sri Lanka is a mere 600 km from the equator with prevalent high temperatures (31 degrees C. average) and...

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