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Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

Hambantota is a southern coastal region of Sri Lanka famed for its wildlife, historical sites and beautiful beaches.

Visas

An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is required for most visitors to Sri Lanka.

On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles are exempt from the requirement of obtaining an ETA to visit Sri Lanka.

For detailed visa requirements, please visit Sri Lanka Immigration And Emigration Website


Currency

The Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR) is the local currency, divided into 100 cents.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

LKR 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.0066 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

The standard tax rate is 28%.  Tax rates from 10% to 40% also apply to specific businesses.


Tipping

Tips are not expected but can be earned. Some guidelines are listed below:

Resort:
Housekeeping staff LKR500 per week,
Pool staff LKR500 per week,
Bellboy/Porter LKR50 to LKR100 (depending on how far luggage has to be carried)

Restaurants:
If a 10% service charge has not been added to the bill, a 10% tip is reasonable.
If service charge has been added, usually tip less than LKR100.

Driver/guide:
LKR300 to LKR500 per day.

Sites:
When visiting temples that do not charge entrance fees, a small donation (LKR500) is always welcome.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 3pm (Monday to Friday)

Office Hours
8am - 5pm (Monday to Friday), 8am to 1.30pm (Saturday)

Shopping Hours
10am - 8pm/10pm (Monday to Friday)


Public Health

Health Risk
The health risks in Sri Lanka are different from those encountered in Europe and North America. Watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka’s physicians, many of whom have trained in the West, are particularly experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.

Before you go
No inoculations are compulsory unless you are coming from a yellow fever or cholera area. (Cholera is very occasionally reported in Sri Lanka, and therefore not considered a serious risk). However, the following vaccinations are recommended, particularly if you are planning a long trip or intend to visit remote areas:

Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies

Children should in addition be protected against diphtheria, whooping cough, mumps, measles and rubella.

Remember to plan your vaccinations well ahead. Allow up to six weeks to receive the full course: some vaccinations require more than one dose, and some should not be given together.

The risk of malaria exists throughout the country apart from the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Nuwara Eliya.

Water
Drink bottled water only. Tap water is not safe to drink, and boiling and filtering is sometimes done too hastily.

Local Health Care
Minor health problems can always be treated by doctors with practices in the resorts and elsewhere in the country. If you have a more serious problem, Colombo has a number of modern, well-equipped private hospitals.

A growing number of foreigners are taking advantage of affordable, high-quality private healthcare in Sri Lanka, and combining it with the chance to take a holiday. Though the medical tourism industry in Sri Lanka is still in its early days, several private hospitals in Colombo are providing advanced surgery and other treatments to international clients.


Dress

Cotton clothes are appropriate at any time of the year, but you will need warmer and waterproof clothes for the hills and mountain areas. Modest dress for women is advisable, especially off the beach and when visiting religious sites. Don’t forget comfortable shoes, sandals or trainers, and cotton socks. If you are planning to trek and climb go prepared with suitable gear. Water sport enthusiasts would do well to take their snorkels and diving equipment along.


Weather

Sri Lanka's climate is characterized as tropical and is subject to the Southwest and Northeast monsoons. Travellers will experience different weather depending on the time of year and which part of the country they visit. The four seasons are as follows:

First Inter-Monsoon Season : March – April
Southwest Monsoon Season : May – September
Second Inter-Monsoon Season : October – November
Northeast Monsoon Season : December – February

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Month High Low
Jan 32.4°C 29.7°C
Feb 33.2°C 30.2°C
Mar 33.4°C 30.9°C
Apr 34.2°C 31.2°C
May 34.8°C 30.7°C
Jun 36.1°C 30.3°C
Jul 35.5°C 30.6°C
Aug 35.5°C 30.1°C
Sep 34.7°C 29.9°C
Oct 34.6°C 30.1°C
Nov 32.4°C 29.9°C
Dec 32.7°C 29.6°C
Facts

Population
21,866,445 (growth rate 0.86%); birth rate: 16.24/1000; infant mortality rate: 9.47/1000; life expectancy: 76.35; density per sq mi: 836.6.

Language
Sinhala 74% (official and national), Tamil 18% (national), other 8%. English is commonly used in government and spoken competently by about 10%.

Time Zone
GMT + 5.30 hours

Measures
Metric system

Voltage
230 volts

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Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800