Sri Lanka Travel Advice

Make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to Sri Lanka. 

Passport & Visas

All travelers to Sri Lanka should obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) approval while they are planning their trip. After you receive the ETA approval, you will be eligible for a tourist visa for stays up to 30 days if you are a citizen of the following countries: the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Please check the requirements based on nationality before your trip to Sri Lanka. 

Travelers to Sri Lanka must have a passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months from their arrival date in Sri Lanka. You should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times.

Check with your embassy or your official government website for regulations. Bear in mind that our Sri Lanka travel advice is for guidance only. You are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling.

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Sri Lanka travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Sri Lanka travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • High Season

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March when the island experiences its driest season and most comfortable weather for traveling. Monsoon rains shift to the southwest region in March, and the central plains are once again blessed by sunlight. The average temperature is 28°C in central attractions like Kandy and Dambulla. Among the most popular attractions to visit in the dry season is the tea country, hosting pleasantly warm weather and exuberant flora. 

Christmas time in December and the harvest season in April mark the most festive times on the island. Bear in mind that it is also the peak season for Ceylon tours, so you will see the iconic sights and cities buzzing with travelers. Still, it is a wonderful time for making sincere connections with the local culture.

  • Low Season

June to August, widely known as the inter-monsoon season, is also a rewarding time when there is an opening in the skies for plenty of sunshine. Nature is thriving after the rains all across the Cultural Triangle. It is a perfect time for the best places to visit in Sri Lanka since it is the peak season for religious and cultural festivals.

We recommend packing rain protection as occasional rains can be experienced at the coast. In the Tea Country, temperatures may be slightly lower. As you travel, you will encounter different weather conditions in different regions due to the unique climate of Sri Lanka. Make sure you have the necessary gear to make your trip as comfortable as possible. 

Sri Lanka travel advice
Passport & Visas

All travelers to Sri Lanka should obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) approval while they are planning their trip. After you receive the ETA approval, you will be eligible for a tourist visa for stays up to 30 days if you are a citizen of the following countries: the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada. Please check the requirements based on nationality before your trip to Sri Lanka. 

Travelers to Sri Lanka must have a passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months from their arrival date in Sri Lanka. You should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times.

Check with your embassy or your official government website for regulations. Bear in mind that our Sri Lanka travel advice is for guidance only. You are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling.

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Sri Lanka travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Sri Lanka travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • High Season

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March when the island experiences its driest season and most comfortable weather for traveling. Monsoon rains shift to the southwest region in March, and the central plains are once again blessed by sunlight. The average temperature is 28°C in central attractions like Kandy and Dambulla. Among the most popular attractions to visit in the dry season is the tea country, hosting pleasantly warm weather and exuberant flora. 

Christmas time in December and the harvest season in April mark the most festive times on the island. Bear in mind that it is also the peak season for Ceylon tours, so you will see the iconic sights and cities buzzing with travelers. Still, it is a wonderful time for making sincere connections with the local culture.

  • Low Season

June to August, widely known as the inter-monsoon season, is also a rewarding time when there is an opening in the skies for plenty of sunshine. Nature is thriving after the rains all across the Cultural Triangle. It is a perfect time for the best places to visit in Sri Lanka since it is the peak season for religious and cultural festivals.

We recommend packing rain protection as occasional rains can be experienced at the coast. In the Tea Country, temperatures may be slightly lower. As you travel, you will encounter different weather conditions in different regions due to the unique climate of Sri Lanka. Make sure you have the necessary gear to make your trip as comfortable as possible. 

Useful Tips for Sri Lanka Tours

money

Money Matters

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). We recommend you go to the city center to change your money.

ATMs are available in central locations, but access is difficult in rural areas.

Credit cards are widely accepted but not accepted for small payments in some shops.

We recommend carrying cash with you at all times for small purchases such as meals and snacks.

The Food Scene

Your culinary experience will be unlike anywhere else in the Spice Island of the world.

Don’t leave before you try the traditional Rice and Curry, or myriad other curries that constitute a pivotal part of any Sri Lankan menu.

Short eats are also at the forefront of Sri Lankan cuisine, especially the street food culture.

Ceylon tea is an entire ritual in itself across Sri Lanka. You will also find a variety of fruity refreshments on the streets, such as coconut and wood apple juice.

Drinking tap water is considered unsafe in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka travel advice

Solo Travel

Are you traveling alone? You can stay in a single room if your Sri Lanka tour has the single supplement option.

You can also be roomed with a solo traveler of the same gender.

If you wish to stay in a single room, please contact us as you plan your trip way ahead of the departure date.

Sri Lanka travel advice

Adventure Essentials

With incredible wildlife reserves like Wilpattu and Minneriya, Sri Lanka has a lot to offer in terms of soft adventure. Make sure you have all the essential gear you need for the ultimate experience.

A waterproof raincoat and umbrella are essentials regardless of the season.

We recommend bringing mosquito repellent for tours in the Tea Country and comfortable hiking shoes.

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