Your First 24 Hours in Sri Lanka
VISAS TO SRI LANKA
you need to have tourist visas to enter in to the country .you can apply online beforehand .the application is very straight forward and easy to apply.
in case if you forgot to apply you still can apply on upon arrival to Srilanka but please expect some delays at immigration at such a scenario.
SRI LANKAN RUPEE
Sri Lankan currency-SriLankan rupee. we have a decimal currency system which mean a rupee is divided in to 100 cents.
the sri Lankan currency notes are in the denominations of Rupee ten,rupees twenty,rupees fifty,rupees hundred,rupees five hundred,rupees thousand,rupees two thousand,rupees five thousand.
the values are clearly marked on both sides and mentioned in all three official languages of sri lanka .which is Sinhalese ,Tamil and English.
the coins are in 5 rupees coin,10 rupee coin,25 rupee coin ,50 rupee coin . one rupee ,two rupee,5 rupee and 10 rupee coins are very less in circulation. you will hardly find any value in them as a tourist to Srilanka.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN YOU BRING IN TO THE COUNTRY
if you are bringing in excess of US$10,000 (£5000) you should declare that amount at the customs. when you travelling back to UK if you have any unspent money you can convert them back to the British pounds.
therefore it is always good idea to keep your encashment receipts when you exchanging money within Srilanka.
and also keep your hotel bills ,taxi bills ,shopping bills specially if you are buying the gems ,Srilanka is very famous for Diamonds.
major credit cards are widely accepted but extra charges may apply .
now you can use your debit card in Srilanka to withdraw money using cash machines .the charges are normally £5 pounds per withdraw. cash machines are available at banks and major supermarkets.
most of the banks in Srilanka open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 pm and some on Saturdays.
unlike in UK please do not expect prompt service as queues can be lengthy.
BUYING FROM SRI LANKA DUTY FREE SHOPS
after the immigration check point you can buy some products duty free .in case of purchasing Liquor .you are entitled to one and half litters of spirits ,two bottles of wines and four cans of Beer.
you are subjected to duty for bringing carton of cigarettes even if it is for your personal use.
WHAT TO WEAR IN SRI LANKA
soft light cotton clothes are ideal ,make sure you have sunglasses and sun hats or caps .slippers and sandals are more comfortable than shoes. trainer type shoes and snickers seems comfortable too.
if you are also planning to visit hill country medium weigh slacks and light pullovers are recommended because in the night the temperatures can drop down to low as 10 Celsius in hill country of Srilanka.
please buy universal adaptors before flying to Srilanka as you may require to charge your phones and laptops.
MOBILE PHONE OPERATORS AND SIMS
there are five mobile operators .Etisalat ,Mobitel,Airtel,Hutchison,Dialog .you can buy any modern sim cards required for your mobile at these mobile operators counters at the Airport. most of these Mobile companies now sell tourist mobile packages with pre loaded data to use for internet. easy to register with your passport at the counter.
in case you forget to buy your sim you can still get Srilanka mobile sim cards in any of retailer inside the island.
we give all our islandsrilanka.co.uk customers free mobile sim on arrival to Srilanka