Travel Tips

What to Wear Entry Formalities 
  • Light cotton dresses of the drip-dry wash-and-wear variety and light weight suits are the most comfortable year-round attire. A wide-brimmed beach hat and sun glasses are recommended as well as comfortable shoes or sandals. Medium weight slacks and pullovers will be necessary in the hill country where the temperature can go down as low as 10’C.
  • Immigration Basics
    A valid passport
    Sufficient funds for maintenance
    An outward or return ticket, or foreign exchange to purchase an outward ticket
  • Visas
    Nationals of the following countries coming to Sri Lanka as bona-fide tourists, do not require entry visas for a period of thirty days: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, West Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, U.A.E., U.S.A., U.K., Yugoslavia, Turkey, 15 New States of The Former Soviet Union, 5 New States of Former Yugoslavia.

    Such tourists should, however, have a visa for the country to which they are proceeding from Sri Lanka if the law of that country requires it. Nationals of the above countries require visit visa to enter Sri Lanka if they are not coming as Bona-fide tourists. Visit Visas are issued by Sri Lanka diplomatic missions abroad.

    Nationals of all countries not included in the above list require a visa for entry into Sri Lanka.
Duty Free Allowance
Baggage of a tourist will be exempt from import duty if the Customs is satisfied that the tourist will re-export the articles comprising his baggage (other than tobacco, spirits and toilet water brought within the allowance) on his leaving the island or within period of one month from the date of his arrival in the island, whichever is earlier.
  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 12 ozs. Tobacco
  • Liquor
  • 1 ½ litress Spirits & 2 Bottles wine
  • Perfumes
  • 2 ozs. Perfume & ¼ Litre Toilet water
    For the convenience of incoming visitors there are Duty Free shops at the Airport.
  • Air Conditioned limousines are available for hire at most hotels in the city. Radio cabs are also available in Colombo.

Self Drive

  • International Rent-a-car Companies. AVIS, HERTZ, EUROPCAR/INTER-RENT and others are represented in Colombo.

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