Sri Lanka international travel advice

Landscape view of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

Sri Lanka is part of Asia with main city at Colombo. Its Developing country with a population of 21M people. The main currency is Sri Lanka Rupee. The languages spoken are Sinhalese,Tamil. the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is the formal name of Sri Lanka It is adviced to High degree of caution Get useful information like travel advice, temperatures, rainfall, socket plugs, languages spoken, SIM cards, ATM, currencies, road rules and emergency numbers.
👍 Developing   🌤️ ~25.36 °C   🌧 ~222.63 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 21M people

Advice

⚠️ Travel advice

High degree of caution

Presidential elections will be held on 16 November. Avoid political gatherings before, during and after the election. Be alert. Monitor the media and other sources about safety and security risks (see safety and security). We haven’t changed our advice level - 'exercise a high degree of caution' in Sri Lanka.

issued date: November 11, 2019

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, 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.

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

Last updated: December 5, 2019