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Travel Essentials



a)      Time: Sri Lankan time is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT (GMT: +05:30 hours).


b)      Language:  Sinhala, Tamil, English are the languages in Sri Lanka.


c)       Weather: Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with a combination of wet and dry seasons enjoys Yala monsoon with plenty rainfall during May to September to the western and southern regions of Sri Lanka. The same have the dry season during December to March.


d)      Currency: Sri Lankan Rupees is used as currency in Sri Lanka.


e)      Clothing: Sri Lanka don’t have an official costume but women used to wear Saree and Men wear Sarong or trousers which are  a simple clear tradition for Men’s wear at any age.


f)       Voltage: 220 and 240 volts AC is usually supplied at the electrical sockets in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. An appliance with or without an adapter compatible with multiple voltage ranges or same range is preferred.


g)      Cuisine: Sri Lankan cuisines with a variety of colours ranging from yellow to dark brown, greenly vegetables and Sambol colours which have the trademark of every nationality who has visited the country. The spice land once known as Ceylon have their cuisines with the conglomerated tastes such as Dutch, Indians, Arabs, English, Moors and Malays have made their mark in the country kitchen pots.


h)      Visa: Sri Lankan visitors for tourism purposes are requested to be availed with the on arrival or pre-arrival Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) which will make the ETA holders from all country except 3 countries the 30-day valid visa holders to enjoy the country. The business ETA is enabled only from Sri Lankan diplomatic missions and head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration. All visitors with 6-month valid passport are allowed to enter the country. Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria nationals must hold return or onward tickets. The use of online services is officially urged by the officials to avoid long time delays at the entry port.