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Information for your trip
General Advice
Travel medicine
Entry requirements

I was back in Sri Lanka in March 2015 to take an overview of the political situation.

Political situation:
Since the civil war ended in May 2009, in Sri Lanka no terrorist attacks more stattgefunden.

Reisen are in all tourist areas of Sri Lanka möglich.

Bei traveling in districts Trincomalee (also Upuveli and Nilaveli), Batticaloa and Ampara (Arugam Bay) with military presence and occasional checkpoints along the streets and in public transport (bus, train) can be expected.

Along the coastal strip to the east again, then an tourist infrastruct.

Udo Krause in March 2015

Time difference:
German GST : plus 3,5 Hours / German Winter time plus 4,5 hours.

We recommend the transportation of EUR/US Dollar travellers checks.
These can be exchanged in all banks.

Credit Cards:
Accepted in some large hotels, but they are not yet widespread.
There are many ATM machines at different banks where you can use your credit card to withdraw money.

The voltage 230 V alternating current.
It would not be bad to bring an adapter. (Often a pencil or a pen helps)

Swimming, diving, underwater sports, fishing, river fishing (trout), horse riding, golf, tennis, surfing and mountain walk. Hunting is prohibited in Sri Lanka on land and at sea.

Ceylon, Chinese and European cuisine.
The local cuisine is highly recommended to the travellers which contains `Rice and Curry`- in this case Curry is not a spice but meals made out of meat, fish, vegetables, etc.... added with various spices from Ceylon. The Ceylon cuisine is the European palate initially seem a little sharp, as indicated, and will be mitigated by the addition of grated coconuts.

Normally 10 % in restaurants and hotels.

The 'poya Day' (full moon) is an additional public holiday in Sri Lanka.
On this day there will be no alcohol sold in restaurants and the banks remain closed.

Precious stones, semiprecious stones, carvings, masks, batiks, handmade silver and brass items and gold.

- About 70 % of Buddhists
Buddhism emerged in northern India. The founder was prince Siddhartha Gautama, born 560 BC in Nepal. With 29 years he exchanged his luxurous life for an ascetic life. He obtained enlightenment under a Bo-Tree.

-- About 15% Hindus
he foundation of Hinduism is not attributable to individuals. Early Hinduism (also Brahamanism) was born from 1000 to 200 BC in India. Buddhism and Islamic influences owes Hinduism its diversity.

-- About 7 % of Muslims
The Islamic religion was founded by Muhammad (570- 632 AD). The only god is Allah. Caliph brought this religion to South Asia in the 11th century.

-- About 7 % of Christians
The Portuguese brought Christianity to Sri Lanka. The lower casts were more willing for a religious change. The missionaries destroyed quite a lot of `Pagan` buildings. Most of the Christians still live in Negombo.

-- About 1% Other
All religions are tolerated in Sri Lanka. There are churches all over the country. Buddha and Hindu temples and mosques.

Return flight:
Please reconfirm your return flight 72 hours before you return.

Spend the first few days in the shade or partial shade, instead of the burning sun.
If you are in the sun, remember to wear, a hat, sunscreen, lipstick and a pair of sunglasses.

You never go around at night without flashlight.
The flashlight is the most important tools in the tropics.

We recommend a light, loose clothing made from natural materials (cotton/ linen) and a light hat and footwear.
Going barefoot in the tropics- except on the beach- should be refrained from.
In the highlands of Sri Lanka it can get cold at night.
Therefore there should be a sweater or jacket and socks in your luggage.

Everywhere on the island you will encounter beggar children. The children usually beg for candy, money or ballpoint pens. Sri Lanka belongs to the world`s poorest countries, but on the island begging has become almost a hobby.
Keep up, please hold back with handing out sweets and money. Thank you.
Please do not make the island in the Indian Ocean become to a nation of beggars.

Required Vaccinations:
Upon entry, no vaccinations are required.
Recommended vaccinations::
Tetanus/ diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A, hepatitis B

To help you to stay healthy:
Remember to take a well stocked pharmacy on your journey also conclusion of a travel sickness and travel insurance.
Give yourself the time necessary to adapt to the change in climate and acclimatize.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, especially if you take medicine. In Sri Lanka, you will have a higher fluid requirement, that may vary depending on physical exertion and outdoor temperature up to 4 liters more per day.
Prevent diarrhea by avoiding cold foods, unpeeled fruit, ice cubes in drinks, and raw salads. Remember: `Do not eat anything that you can not cook, peel or bake.`
Get yourself advice about possible diseases and personal health risk before the trip.

Malaria situation:
Medium risk all year in the whole country. Low risk in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya.
B-Region per WHO; Advice: Mosquito protection, covering clothes after sunset, medicamental prohylaxis or bringing a Stand-by-compound prescribed by your doctor.

Travel documents::
The entry is possible for German nationals with the following documents:
Passport: Yes
Provisional passport: Yes
ID: No
Provisional ID: No
Child's passport: Yes
Still valid child's passport under the old patterns (the child's passport is no longer issued since January 1, 2006): Yes, but it is the issue of a child passport or passport is still recommended, since it could potentially cause problems with immigration.
Remarks: Travel documents shall be six months, the end of the trip should be valid. Children entries are in a parent's passport is no longer valid since 26.06.2012. Every child needs its own identity document.
Visa: For German is in Sri Lanka passport and visa requirements. For arrivals since 01.01.2012 obtaining a visa fee is required for German. This will advance as "Electronic Travel Authorization" (ETA) in the online method be requested. However, it is also possible to apply for at a Sri Lankan diplomatic mission or a German tour operator. For an extra charge, the visa can also be issued upon arrival at the airport. The fee for a visit or business visa with a validity of up to 30 days for single entry is 30 USD. If the visa is issued upon arrival at the airport, the fee increases to 35 dollars. Visa for transit passengers (valid up to 2 days) and children under 12 are free of charge. Please note that applying for a visit visa on arrival at the airport u. U. is connected to long waits. With pre-applying for the online procedure, please make absolutely sure

  • That the official website use There may be a difference in the use fees of other websites;
  • That all details are correct. The Sri Lankan authorities also exist in small errors (eg transposed digits or accidental entry of the letter "O" instead of the number "0" in the passport number) on the issuance of a new visa at the airport, then again be charged more for that.
Please also be careful to specify necessarily the correct purpose of the visit in the visa application. Travellers her visa for an undisclosed purpose of trip abuse (z. B. business activities or attending conferences with a tourist visa) risk being arrested and deported. The issuance of long-stay visa is only possible through a Sri Lankan diplomatic mission. For detailed information on applying for a visa, as well as technical problems when applying for an ETA please contact the competent Sri Lankan diplomatic mission or visit the website above. Tourist visas are issued for a period of four weeks. Renewals of tourist visas are possible and extremely time-consuming in exceptional cases. An early recording with the Department of Immigration and Emigration, 45, Ananda Kumaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 8, is strongly recommended (E-mail: