Sri Lanka

Capital Colombo

Population 20,966,000

Area 65,610 km2

Key facts

Sri Lanka is a country located in Southern Asia. The country has no land neighbors. As for languages, the country's residents speak Sinhalese and Tamil. Traveling across Sri Lanka if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Sri Lanka was ranked 82nd out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan rupee (LKR). The rupee (Rs) is subdivided into 100 cent.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 353.48 LKR and 1 USD is worth 359.88 LKR.

Sri Lankan
Banknotes

RS10RS20Rs50Rs100Rs500Rs1000Rs2000Rs5000Rs200

Sri Lankan
Coins

Rs1Rs2Rs5Rs102550

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Sri Lanka is 31.23 Mbps and mobile is 23.91 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Sri Lanka.17.20 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Sri Lanka, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in Sri Lanka. Type D is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type M 230 V, 50 Hz  Type G 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Sri Lanka?

There are Mariott hotels in Weligama.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Sri Lanka.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Sri Lanka.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Sri Lanka.

There are Radisson hotels in 3 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Sri Lanka.

What fast food chains are present in Sri Lanka?

If you are not a fan of trying new dishes, have a look at the following list of fast-food chains in Sri Lanka.

The McDonald's chain operates in Sri Lanka.

The KFC chain operates in Sri Lanka.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Sri Lanka.

The Subway chain operates in Sri Lanka.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in Sri Lanka.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Sri Lanka.

Weather

Today the sun in Colombo, rises at 5:27 AM and sets at 5:31 PM. The climate of Colombo may be categorized as a equatorial rainforest (Af), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5Rain showersLow: 25.3°C (77.54°F)High: 29°C (84.2°F)
ThursdayOct 6Rain showersLow: 25.4°C (77.72°F)High: 28.6°C (83.48°F)
FridayOct 7Rain showersLow: 25.3°C (77.54°F)High: 29.9°C (85.82°F)
SaturdayOct 8Rain showersLow: 25.5°C (77.9°F)High: 30°C (86°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 25.4°C (77.72°F)High: 30.4°C (86.72°F)
MondayOct 10Rain showersLow: 25.3°C (77.54°F)High: 30.4°C (86.72°F)

Weather data for Colombo (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is available only in one city: Colombo. Bolt is available only in one city: Colombo.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Sri Lanka.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.7, Sri Lanka is placed 100th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Sri Lanka traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  28.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2018.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 19.70 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Sri Lanka

119 Police
110 Ambulance
110 Fire police

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Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legalized

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • Two bottles of wine and 1.5L of spirits.

Tobacco allowance

Customs duty and other levies are applicable on all cigarette and tobacco products.

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Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Sri Lanka?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Sri Lanka.

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