Sri Lanka

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Test required.
Quarantine required. Vaccinated are exempted from quarantine. Find more details on official websites.

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What is the COVID situation in Sri Lanka?

+725 New COVID cases in Sri Lanka
+20 New COVID deaths in Sri Lanka
63.99% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 3, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 27 October 2021

Basic facts about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small country located in Southern Asia. The capital of Sri Lanka is Colombo and the most spoken language is Sinhalese. The national currency in Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan rupee (LKR).

What taxi apps are available in Sri Lanka?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Sri Lanka.

Uber is available only in one city: Colombo. Bolt is available only in one city: Colombo.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate. See the full list of cities where Bolt operate.

Practical information

Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)Official currency
1 EUR~228.5 LKR
1 USD~201.97 LKR

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Sri Lanka?

There are 2 common languages spoken in Sri Lanka: Sinhalese and Tamil. Traveling across Sri Lanka if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers. You can go into someone who doesn't comprehend the word that you speak. Learn a few distress phrases, such as aid, emergency, and police, as a precaution, and of course, the most important phrase to know is “Do you speak English?”

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Sri Lanka was ranked 68th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Sri Lanka?

There are 3 common plug types used in Sri Lanka:

Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  Type M 230 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Sri Lanka?

Currently, citizens of 176 countries can enter Sri Lanka without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

What are visa requirements to enter Sri Lanka?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Sri Lanka.

Data last reviewed on: 27 October 2021

Is it safe in Sri Lanka?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On October 25, 2021, the risk level for Sri Lanka was changed to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Emergency phones in Sri Lanka

119 Police
110 Ambulance
110 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to Sri Lanka?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol

  • Two bottles of wine and 1.5L of spirits.

Tobacco

Customs duty and other levies are applicable on all cigarette and tobacco products.

Data last reviewed on: 27 October 2021

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