Travel advice for Sri Lanka.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Sri Lanka.

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in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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in US Dollar (USD)

    Local currency / ISO Code

    Sri Lanka rupee LKR

    Further Information

    Credit cards


    • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

    • Use credit card with caution. Unauthorized use is widespread.

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    Other information

    Travelers are advised to carry with them their passport or a photocopy thereof (must include page with visa).


    • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

    • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

    • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

    • Avoid nighttime driving.

    Special legal regulations

    • Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

    • Severe penalties for violations of drug laws (up to life imprisonment/death penalty).

    Time difference with Switzerland

    + 5 h / + 4 h during our summer time

    National language

    Official language

    Sinhala and Tamil

    Language capabilities


    Country code for calling Switzerland

    00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)


    230/240 volt / adapter required

    Travel documents for Swiss citizens

    Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 30 days.

    Swiss Embassy / Consulate

    Colombo, 63 Gregory's Road
    Tel. +94 11 269 51 17

    Opening hours


    9.00 - 13.00/15.00 h (Mon - Fri)


    9.00 - 17.30 h (Mon - Fri)
    9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)

    • Left-hand driving.

    • International driver's licence required for car rentals.

    • Local driver's license ("Recognition Permit") required (available at: Automobile Association of Ceylon and Department of Motor Traffic).

    • Minimum age for car rentals: 25 (varies by rental company).

    • Car rental with driver recommended.

    • Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.

    Health situation
    • Do not drink tap water.

    • Mosquito protection advised.

    • Year-round risk of malaria and dengue fever in all parts of the country. No risk of malaria in Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, Nuwara and Eliya.

    • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

    Cultural characteristics

    Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.



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