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Sri Lanka international travel guide

Landscape view of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

Sri Lanka is part of Asia with main city at Colombo. It's usually 🌤️ 27.28 °C in Sri Lanka with a rainfall of 🌧 112.51 mm. Tipping is quite common in Sri Lanka and it's good etiquette to leave one. Internet speed in Sri Lanka is on average 4.8 Mbps. In Sri Lanka you drive on the left side. Its Developing country with a population of 21M people. The main currency is Sri Lanka Rupee. The languages spoken are Sinhalese and Tamil. Automatic teller machines are rare in Sri Lanka. Current travel safety advice is Do not travel. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
👍 Developing   🌤️ ~27.28 °C   🌧 ~112.51 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 21M people
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Advice

🛡️ Travel safety

Do not travel
Commercial passenger flights to Sri Lanka have recommenced. Flights departing for Australia are limited and schedules may change at short notice. All travellers to Sri Lanka must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test report in English when checking in. The test must be conducted within 96 hours of your departure or you will be unable to board your flight. Tourists are required to stay in approved hotel accommodation, acquire specific COVID-19 insurance and undertake multiple COVID-19 (PCR) tests based on length of stay (see 'Travel'). Follow the advice of local authorities. We continue to advise: Do not travel to Sri Lanka due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

issued date: January 22, 2021

Weather

🌤️ Temperature

🌧 Rainfall

General

🔌 Sockets

Sri Lanka uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type D and Type G.

🌐 Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are Sinhalese and Tamil
Money

💱 Currencies Used

Sri Lanka uses the Sri Lankan rupee (symbol: Rs), code LKR.Banknotes come in denominations of 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rupees. Rupee is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 rupees and 50, 25, 10, 2 and 1 cents.

🏧 ATMs

Automatic teller machines are rare in Sri Lanka. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

💁‍♂️ Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is quite common in Sri Lanka and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts usually include a service charge.
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Calling

📡 Internet

Internet speed in Sri Lanka is on average 4.8 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Sri Lanka is low. It is not as easy to find one.

📱 Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 479.16 LKR, which includes 6 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: Airtel, Dialog, Etisalat, Hutch or Mobitel. Sri Lanka uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Sri Lanka upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

📞 Calling

To call Sri Lanka, dial +, then 94 (the country code for Sri Lanka), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Sri Lanka, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 112 .
Driving

🛣️ Road rules

In Sri Lanka you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 70 km/h (43 mph) on undivided highways, 70-100 km/h (43-62 mph) on motorways and 70-100 km/h (43-62 mph) on expressways.

🆘 Emergency

Universal
112
Police
122
Ambulance
124
Fire department
123
Useful Information
Find other useful infromation when you are travelling to other country like visa details, embasssies, customs, health regulations and so on.
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Last updated: September 11, 2021