Practical travel information on Sri Lanka
Health matters in Sri Lanka
In addition to checking your Sri Lankan visa and money your health is one of the most important things during your holiday. Therefor take all the tips and advice in order that your trip runs carefree as possible. Before you start your Sri Lanka holiday, you can already take some precautions, But also during your Sri Lanka trip and after returning home, there are a number of measures. We recommend you to contact the Health Department or your GP. They can give you personal advice on the required vaccinations. Recommended vaccinations are Hepatitis A, Typhoid and DTP. Do not drink tap water in Sri Lanka and buy only bottled water. Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries in the world. Despite its 2.1 million people crime is very rare and one can walk on the streets without problems in the evening, even in the cities. For present information, you can always look at your country's travel advisory of traveling to Sri Lanka and its safety.
Money matters in Sri Lanka
The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lanka Ruppee (LKR) .Because you are obliged import or export a maximum of LKR 1000 exchanging is not convenient in your home country. Moreover, since it is not strictly enforced foreign currency can be unrestricted imported and exported. Euros, Pounds, US dollars and other hard currencies can be changed anywhere. However, it is most appropriate is to bring some dollars or any other hard currency and then to use a bank ATM in Sri Lanka to get LKR. Even in the most small towns one can get money from ATMs. The drivers of Singha holidays will find these banks where possible.The exchange rate can be simply found on Google. Virtually all hotels, larger shops and restaurants accept major international credit cards. However watch out! In Sri Lanka skimmers are active!
Withdrawing money in Sri Lanka
Withdrawing cash with your credit card is also available in the larger towns in Sri Lanka. This can be done in most banks. You should be able to identify yourself with your passport. Withdrawing money from the bank or ATM with your PIN is also possible. In Sri Lanka you will find ATMs almost everywhere where you can take money using bank card. It's also handy to keep some 'reserve cash'. Euros are accepted at almost all banks and at receptions of larger hotels. Tipping for services for hotels, restaurants, drivers and guides is highly appreciated in Sri Lanka and this is to be given in local currency.
Banks in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan banks are open mostly during the week days. On Full moon days (festival day named as Poya day) the banks are closed.
Transport and on the way lunch in Sri Lanka
Your driver will take you during your holiday to the places mentioned in the holiday description. You can talk to him if you want to stop in a village that you pass by. He will be stopping off at places where you can have lunch safely. If you really want local food you can say it to him. The driver sometimes needs a little convincing for that request. Not only because he genuinely cares that you will not suffer from abdominal pain by actually eating local food, but he will, without wanting to say, have concerns because he himself must pay for his lunch in those places. In most 'tourists' lunch spots the drivers are offered a meal. If you can offer to pay him his lunch, he will surely appreciate.
For local transport, you can use a three-wheel taxi (tuk tuk). The costs vary according to the location. So you pay more at the tourist places and in the cities too. You may perhaps check with your hotel whether they know a good driver, and bargain for a good price. It is better to that beforehand!