GMT + 5½ hours


Sinhala, Tamil and English


Buddhist majority (70%), with Hindu, Christian and Muslim minorities.


Sri Lankan Currency is the rupee £1=208 LKR (Sri Lankan rupees) estimated at time of writing


The national airline is Sri Lankan Airlines (www.srilankan.lk). Other airlines who fly indirectly to Colombo are Emirates, Jet Airways, British Airways, Gulf Air, Etihad, Qatar

Flight time from UK

From London to Colombo direct is 11 hours. There is often a stop in the Maldives though.


To enter Sri Lanka, passports should have one blank page and be valid for no less than six months from date of arrival.


  Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

Since 1 Jan 2012, it is no longer possible for foreign nationals (except Singaporean and Maldivian nationals) to get 30 day visas on arrival at the airport in Sri Lanka. Tourists must apply online through the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA; www.eta.gov.lk) and pay the requisite application fee.

Tourists wishing to stay for over 30 days should apply at their nearest embassy for a 90-day visa.

Health requirements

The only vaccine requiredby international regulation is Yellow Fever but ONLY if you have visited an infected country in the 6 days before arrival. The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website www.masta.org (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date advice, as well as the location of your nearest Travel Clinic. Another good website to visit for travel health advice is the NHS website www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.

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