Do I need a visa to enter Sri Lanka?

Yes, you need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a visa online (Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) – Online Visa Application), and there is also an option to purchase a visa on arrival with a minimum additional fee of $5. However, it’s recommended to check prior to your arrival if the visa on arrival option is available for your country.

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

The sunniest time in the southwest is from December to March, while the northeast is ideal to visit from June to October. However, even during the rainy season, there are still plenty of sunny days to explore the country, so don’t let that discourage you.

How should I dress?

Dressing smartly is important depending on the location. When visiting religious sites, both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees as a sign of respect. In cities and villages, it’s polite to wear modest clothing. On the beach, wearing bikinis and beachwear is common and acceptable.

Is all Sri Lankan food spicy?

Most Sri Lankan food is spicy, but not all of it. If you have a low spice tolerance, you can always ask for a non-spicy dish without chili at a restaurant. Locals are aware that tourists often have lower spice tolerance and are usually happy to accommodate your preferences.

Is Sri Lanka dangerous?

Sri Lanka is not more or less dangerous than any other country. Take the usual precautions, such as keeping an eye on your belongings and avoiding walking alone in dark and remote areas at night. The general advice is to use common sense and avoid activities you wouldn’t do at home.

Can I travel to Sri Lanka with kids?

Absolutely! Sri Lanka is a family-friendly destination. Your children can enjoy the diverse wildlife, beautiful beaches, and the cultural aspects of the country. If you prefer not to use public transport, you can hire a driver who can take you and your family around the island.

How many monsoon seasons are there in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka experiences two monsoon seasons. The South-West monsoon occurs from June to October, while the North-East monsoon takes place from December to March. However, even during the height of the monsoons, you can still expect sunny and warm days.

What is the currency in Sri Lanka, and where can I buy it?

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). You can exchange money at the exchange booths located after customs at the airport. Local banks and money exchange offices throughout Sri Lanka also offer currency exchange services.

Can I pay with my debit/credit card?

While major stores accept Visa and MasterCard, it’s important to note that smaller local shops, markets, and restaurants may not have card payment facilities. Therefore, it’s advisable to carry some cash with you at all times.