Sri Lanka (Ceylon), is an island in the Indian ocean of 65,000 square kilometers. Despite being so small the country has a wide range of geographic features and is rich in natural beauty. Sri Lanka has a population of 18.5 million, a tropical climate, lush green forests and rich history.
Large part of Sri Lanka is covered in tropical forests, with hundreds of rivers flowing through them, often cascading in awesome waterfalls.
The southern and western regions have only two seasons, wet and wetter. Despite being a tropical island some parts of the country can almost be mistaken for deserts. Other regions experience rainy and dry seasons. The dry zone looks really wonderful just as the rains start to ease.
For updated weather information please visit the website: http://www.srilankaweather.net/
Most of the country's 18.5 million population speak Sinhala, Tamil or English. Sinhala is the most widely spoken language and the Sinhala people make up the largest ethnic group. Interestingly this language is not spoken anywhere else in the world, other than by a few traders in Chennai India!
A good twenty percent of the population lives in the western province which is the home of capital Colombo. (Strictly speaking Sri Jayawardanapura is the political capital of Sri Lanka and Colombo the Commercial center. But Sri Jayawardanapura is a miniature city within Colombo).
VISA on arrival is required to register / apply online IN ADVANCE
Tourist visiting the country needs to have visa on arrival (except Singapore or Maldives passport holders), visa fee will depend on Nationality and how long you will stay in the country. Child under 12 yrs traveling with parents is free.
Please submit your ETA application online to the Department of Immigration & Emigration. https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp?locale=en_US
Steps to follow:
1/ Click on the Apply button (https://eta.gov.lk/etaslvisa/etaNavServ?payType=1) and fill in the ETA application.
Pay the relevant ETA processing fee using your electronic payment cards (credit card/e-commerce enabled debit cards) and submit the application. Only Visa, Master and American Express Cards are accepted.
2/ To check your ETA application status you may log onto the ETA website or contact 24/7 dedicated ETA call centre on 0094 71 99 67 888
Note: Your travel document or passport must have at least 6 months validity.
Sri Lankans traditionally eat rice and curry all the time. However plenty of Chinese Restaurants dot at the countryside. Continental Food is also served at most of hotels and Resort throughout the country.
Travelling around the Sri Lanka can be done cheaper by taking train. Air-conditioned Japanese cars are commonly available and not too costly. Being a small country almost any city can be reached by car within 6 hours from the airport. Travel by bus is very uncomfortable and not recommended.
One rupee (Sri Lanka Currency) is made up of 100 cents. Currency notes are in the denominations of Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.500 and Rs. 1000.
US dollar notes or EURO are often accepted by major hotels or shops in the country.
Recommended to have money exchange at Colombo airport – rates to all kind of major currencies are better.
Credit cards are widely accepted by shops in Sri Lanka like Amex, Visa, Master or Diners card. In some cases the shops may try to add a surcharge to the price of the merchandise purchased.
National banking hours are from 0900 hrs. to 1500 hrs. on weekdays Banking hours may be different at private banks. Further teller machines (ATM) are operated throughout the day.
VOLTAGE & Plugs
230-240 volts 50 cycles A.C.
Sri Lanka standard time is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
Hongkong is 2hrs30mins ahead from Colombo.
TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH
Post Offices, Agency Post Offices, and payphone booths provide local as well as IDD. facilities. Phone cards of denominations up to Rs.500/- are available at Post Offices and Shops. Foreign cables are accepted at the G.P.O. Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1.
Mobile phone network covered most of areas in Sri Lanka and internet service provided at most of hotels in the country.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
To ensure the health and safety of all guests in Sri Lanka, every tourist hotel has to be equipped with equipment to manage illness and injury. To further ensure that safety standards are maintained, the Sri Lanka Tourist Board is equipping a fleet of ambulances that will be used to bring tourists from the hotel care centres to the closest large hospital or to the nearest point of evacuation if required. The Ceylon Tourist Board and the tourism sector in Sri Lanka are going to great lengths to ensure you enjoy a pleasant stay in Sri Lanka and if any unfortunate occurrence happens, the best health care available is on call at all times.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income and depending on how satisfies you are with their service.
In general, driver cum guide tipping is approx US$3.00 to US$5.00 per guest per day tipping in a private tour.
While for the hotel porter suggested tipping is approx US$2.00 per bag.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Sri Lanka are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
Outbound Travel Alert ( For travellers from Hongkong )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm
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