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About Sri Lanka

vlagVisa:

  • An international passport is required with a validity up to 6 months after return.
  • Visa online applications on www.eta.gov.lk 35 us dollars (+-30 euro). You can also obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport but this is more expensive. 

Money:

In Sri Lanka they pay with Sri Lankan rupees. 180 rupees +-1 euro but you can also pay with visa and MasterCard and even use ATM. Dollars and Euro`a are almost everywhere easily excepted.

Tip: If you wish to use your MasterCard for taking money from ATM contact your bank. They will activate your card from taking money outside Europe only for the time you are traveling.

Vaccinations:

There are no vaccinations required. Recommended is a vaccination for hepatitis a + b, tetanus and typhoid fever, polio.

Vaccination against yellow fever is only requierd if your 7 day before your stay in Sri Lanka have stayed in a country where yellow fever occurs.

Malaria pills are not required Just normal protection  against mosquito bites will do.

Traffic:

In Sri lanka they drive left and chaotic. It’s not really recommended to drive here.

Time difference:

In summer time it is 3 + 1/2 hours later and in winter time 4 + 1/2 hours with Europe.

Electricity:

An adapter is not necessary. The ordinary 2 and 3 pin plugs work here.

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The dry season is from December to March in the West, South and mountains and from April to September in the North and the East Coast. In the mountains it’s always colder.

During the rainy season it certainly rains not all day. The advantage of the rainy season is that the waterfalls are beautiful and the landscapes green.

Clothing:

Especially while visiting historic sites and temples they ask to wear some clothes which covered the shoulders, pants/skirt to the knees for men, and correct about the knees for women.

Pictures:

When you visit the temples or other historical sites. You are aloud to take pictures. Make sure while taking a picture that you never turn your back to the statues of Buddha (or as we called the selfies). This is forbidden.

Festivals:

  • Sri Lankan new year is celebrated from the first full moon day in April for 3 days.
  • Vesak day: full moon in the month of May where Buddha ‘s birth, his enlightenment and his mortality will be remembered.
  • Kandy Esala Perahera: the 10 day procession in Kandy