With effect from 1st January 2012, all holiday or business travelers to Sri Lanka must have electronics. Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Please visit www.eta-gov.lk for more information. When applying ETA by third parties payments are to be made through the arrangement made in our website www.eta.gov.lk and obtain acknowledgement of ETA application. Any payments made to other websites or agencies are not valid to process a valid ETA. Therefore always ensure that the payments made by accessing to Sri Lanka ETA. Website and avoid making repayment at the port of entry to Sri Lanka.
WHAT IS A SRI LANKAN VISA?
A Sri Lankan Visa an endorsement on a passport or a Similar document to facilitate the legal entry of non Sri Lankans into the country and to regulate the period of their stay and the conditions governing such stay.
WHAT ARE TYPES OF SRI LANKAN VISA?
There are four kinds of visas, which permit a person to enter and or stay in Sri Lanka.
A visit visa is an entry permit signifying the consent of the Sri Lankan Government for the admission of a foreign national to the country. The visa contains details of the period of time and the conditionals of the stay. There are two sub categories, which come under visit visas - tourist visas.
A tourist visa is issued to bona-field tourist who wants to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursion relaxation visit relatives or Yoga training for a short period of time.
BUSINESS VISIT VISA
A Business visit visa is issued to foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka for business purposes for short periods of time. This visa may be issued for single, double or multiple journeys. more information visit www.immigration.gov.lk .
PHOTO PERMITS AND ENTRANCE CHARGES
Sri Lanka is a photographer’s delight however permits are required before you can take photos at certain sites entrance tickets to individual sites are available only from 6 am to 10am these tickets cover charges for photography> recording and parking rates are quoted in us dollars and rupee parties are subject to fluctuation.
You are allowed to bring into the country duty free 1.5litre of spirits, two bottles of wine, a quarter-liter of toilets water, and a small quantity of perfume and souvenirs with a value not exceeding us 250 the import of personal equipment such as cameras and laptop computers is allowed but must be declared on arrival however personal equipment must be taken out of the country upon the visitors departure the import of non- prescription drugs and pornography of any form is an offence
On leaving the country, you are allowed to export up to 10kg of tea duty free
No antiques antique, defined as anything more than 50 years old-rare books palm leaf manuscripts and anthropological material can be exported without permission from the national archives Director
More information: - www.archives.gov.lk / www.archivelogy.gov.lk
Purchase and export without license of any wild animal, bird or reptile or alive. In addition, the export of parts of animals, birds or reptiles such as skin, horns, scales, an feathers is prohibited to export of 450 plant species without special permits. The export to coral shells or other protected marine products is also strictly prohibited.
more information :- www.environmentlanka.com
FOREIGN CURRENCY REGULATION
visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than us $10,000 should declare the amount to the customs on arrival all unspent rupees converted from foreign currency on departure as long as encashment receipts can be produced.
The health risks in Sri Lanka are different to these encountered in Europe and North America watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka, Physician, though, many of whom have trained in the west is particularly experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.
BEFORE YOU GO
No inclusion are compulsory unless you’re coming from a yellow fever or Cholera area (Cholera is very occasionally reported in Sri Lanka : so is not considered a serious risk). However the following vaccinations are recommended particularly if you plan a long trip to intend visiting remote areas.
Typhoid (Monvalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Rabies children should, in addition be protected against: diphtheria, whooping cough, Mumps, Measles, Rubella.
Remember to plan well ahead with vaccinations. Allow up to six weeks to receive the full course for some vaccinations require more than one dose, and some should not be given together.
The risk of Malaria exist throughout the whole country apart from the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya, Medication has to start one week prior to travel, continue during trip and finish four weeks after you return. Once again, planning is essential as well as care ensure of the course is followed.
Remember this .............
As most stomach upsets are due to the unsanitary preparation of food, it is useful to know what to watch out for under cooked fish. (especially shellfish) mad meat (especially pork and mice) can be hazardous. Salads can be risky unless purified water has been used to wash the various vegetables. Fruit that has already been peeled should be avoided. Be careful of ice-cream, in particular the varieties sold by street vendors and served at cheap restaurants. sometimes there are power outages Sri Lanka, especially away from urban centre’s, so it pay sto be suspicious of all refrigerated food if you know there has been a recent outage in your area.
Tap water is not safe to drink, and boiling and filtering is sometimes done too hastily in some hotels and restaurants, so the best solution is to drink bottled water. There are now many brands available, mostly using spring water from highlands of the island. Make sure that bottle carries an SLS certification and that the seal is broken only in your presence. Beware of ice unless you are satisfied it has not been made from tap water, and remember the tap water you may be tempted to use to rinse out your mouth after brushing your teeth is unsafe. Keep a bottle of water in your bathroom for this purpose.
When you flop onto beach or poolside lounger for a spot of sunbathing, always remember to apply sunscreen product with a sun production factor of at least 15. Sunscreen your sunbathing should be limited in time if you skin don’t apply sunscreen your liable to become to sun burnt that it will be to start a fresh to get that tan, and most importantly. You put yourself at risk of serious dermatological diseases.
Sometimes those who have spent too long in the sun suffer what is tear med heatstroke the most common form being caused by dehydration. This condition can occur if the body’s heat regulating mechanism becomes weakened and the body temperature rises to unsafe levels. The symptoms are high temperature - yet a lack of sweet - a flushed skin severe head ach, and impaired coordination in addition, the sufferer may be confused if you think someone has heat stroke, take that person out of the sun, cover their body with a wet, sheet or towel, and seek medical advice. To avoid heatstroke, take plenty of bottled water to the beach, or buy a thambili (King Coconut) from an itinerant seller.
Make sure you have plenty of lower denomination notes(Rs500,Rs100,Rs50) especially when travelling and you need to buy small items. Fruit, and eat cheap meals, because change is often hard to come by apart from at hotels and big shops.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com
Banks are open from 0900hrs to 1300hrs Monday to Friday. Some city banks close at 1500 hrs,while some are open on Saturday morning.
It is easy to with draw money across the island at ATMs using international credit cards or debit cards ATMs available in cities and large towns credit cards accepted at some midrange and all top end hotels.
230-240,50 cycles AC if you travel with a laptop Computer bring a stabilizer. You may well find us, EU and British- Style plug sin your room
adaptors are readly available at markets, super markets and tourist shop for up to RS 100
Prickly heat rash occurs when your sweet glands become clogged after being out in the heat from too long or from excessive perspiration. The rash appears, as small red bumps or blister on elbow creas, groin, upper chest or neck. To treat it takes a cold shower clean the rash with mild soap dries yourself, apply hydrocortisone cream, and if possible, a product that contain salicylic acid repeat every three hours.
LOCAL HEALTH CARE
A growing number of foreigners are taking advantage of affordable, high quality private health care in Sri Lanka and combining it with chance to take a holiday, a number of private hospitals in Colombo are geared to provide advanced surgery and other treatment to international clients.
SRI LANKA’S CURRENCY
the local currency is the Sri Lankan rupee, divided into 100 Cents (You rarely come across scents today) Currency Notes are Rs 5000,Rs 2000,Rs 1000,Rs500,Rs100,Rs50,Rs20,Rs10 Beware of mistaking the Rs500 mote For the somewhat similar Rs 100 one. To check whether notes are genuine when not given at a bank, look for a lion water marks, coins, should you have receive them, will be in denominations up to Rs10
Sri Lanka’s legal system is a complex almost a arcane mix of British, roman-Dutch and national law, The legal system tends to move slowly and even a visit to a police station to report a small theft can involve a where lot of time consuming filling out of forms. The tourist police in major towns and tourist hotspots should be your first point of contact in the case of miner matters such of theft.
Drug use, mainly locally grown marijuana, but also imported heroin and methamphetamine, is common in tourist centre’s such as Hikkaduwa, Negambo, Unawatuna, Dabbling is perilous : you can expect to end up in jail if you are caught using anything illegal.
Memory cards and other supplement are easily bought in Colombo. Most Sri Lanka’s love getting their picture taken, but it’s common count easy to ask permission. A few business oriented folk like the stilt fisherman at koggala or mahouts at the Pinnawala elephant or Phanage will ask for payment.
it’s for bidden of film or photograph dams, airports road blocks or anything associated with the military you’ll still find areas where photography is sensitive in the fort area of Colombo and in the north and east. Never pose beside or in front statue of the Buddha (is with your back to it) as this is considered extremely disrespectful. Flash photography can damage ages - old frescoes and murals, so respect the restriction at places like Dambulla and Sigiriya.
Sri Lanka Country code :- +94
International access code :- +00
Mobile coverage across Sri Lanka can usually be used. But confirm this with your home carrier (and check roaming fees, which can be higher here than other countries) in advance.
Local mobile phone coast using Sri Lankan Sim card :
Sim card Rs. 200
Local calls Rs.1 to 2 per minute
Calls to other countries Rs.15/13/12/5 per minute
Mobile companies have booths in arrivals area of Bandaranayake International Airport major providers :
Dialog (www.dialog.lk )
Mobitel (www.mobitel.lk ) etc.....
All regions have a three - Digit area code followed by a six - or seven - Digit number. Mobile numbers usually begin with 07 or 08 and have up to 10 Digits.
WHEN TO GO
The hill country plus west and south coast beaches are busiest - and driest
With beds in demand prices peak
The Maha Monsoon season ( October to January) keeps the east, North and ancient cities wet.
April and September offer the best odds for good weather country wide.
New year’s Celebrations in mid April cause transport to fill beyond capacity
A good time to wander without a set schedule of booking,
The Yala Monsoon Season (May to August) brings rain to the south and west coasts plus the hill country.
The Weather is the North and East best.
WHAT TO BRING
You can get basic items you might need in Colombo and the Major tourist towns. but many essentials and convenience are best brought from home.
Cotton clothes are useful at any time of the year but you will need light woolens for the hills and water proof clothing or an umbrella. Modest dress form women is advisable especially off the beach and when visiting religious sites. (Tooth temple Kandy etc... ) Don’t forget comfortable shoes, sandles or trainers and cotton shocks. If you are planning you track and climb go prepared suitable gear. Water sports enthusiasts would do well to take their snorkels and diving equipment along.