Sri Lanka Essentials

A list of essential information about Sri Lanka, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Sinhala and Tamil
Currency:  Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) – check latest exchange rates on xe.com
Visas: Thirty-day visitor visas cost between US$25 to US$100, depending on your nationality. Apply in advance online on eta.gov.lk; see visa requirements for more details.
Time zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time (SLST) is GMT+05:30 (BST +04:30)
Dialling code: +94
Emergency codes: Police 118/119, Medical 110
Capital city: Colombo
Population: 21 million
Electricity: 230V/50hz. Sri Lanka uses the below AC power plugs and sockets. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from WorldNomads.com – available in over 150 countries.


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