Sri Lanka destination information

All you need to know before visiting Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka summary

Sri Lanka is a small country with around 21M Sri Lankan. Official languages are Tamil and Sinhala. Sri Lanka uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+05:30. Currency used in Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 157
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 188

ATMs in Sri Lanka are Rare. Internet speed in Sri Lanka is on average 4.8 Mbps. In Sri Lanka you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Colombo
🗣️ Sinhalese Tamil
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 21M ☀️ ~27 °C 🌧 ~135 mm 👍 Developing 🚩 66k km2 (25k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Sri Lanka uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type D and Type G.

Languages 🗣️

  • Sinhalese
  • Tamil


Currency 💱

100 LKR = 0.55 USD

Sri Lanka uses the Sri Lankan rupee (symbol: Rs), code LKR.Banknotes come in denominations of 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rupees. Rupee is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 rupees and 50, 25, 10, 2 and 1 cents.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are rare in Sri Lanka. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Expected to tip

Tipping is quite common in Sri Lanka and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it. Receipts usually include a service charge.

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Sri Lanka uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Sri Lanka upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Universal :


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Calling ☎️


To call Sri Lanka, dial +, then 94 (the country code for Sri Lanka), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within Sri Lanka, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 112 .

international: + 94 112 1234567
calling local: 0112 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Sri Lanka is on average 4.8 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Sri Lanka is low. It is not as easy to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 479.16 LKR, which includes 6 GB of data plan. You can choose from 5 telecoms: Airtel, Dialog, Etisalat, Hutch or Mobitel.


Rules 🚗

In Sri Lanka you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 70 km/h (43 mph) on undivided highways, 70-100 km/h (43-62 mph) on motorways and 70-100 km/h (43-62 mph) on expressways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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