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Sri Lanka Holidays,  Sri Lanka Holiday Packages Overview

The island of Sri Lanka lies off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean, a verdant paradise that is the cradle of the Buddhist faith. Apart from hundreds of miles of the world's most beautiful palm-fringed beaches, Sri Lanka boasts no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites listed by Unesco, ranging from sacred cities, palaces and cliff-top citadels to colonial strongholds, spanning close to 3,000 years of history. To complete the picture of perfection, Sri Lanka is situated just three degrees north of the Equator, meaning the weather is constantly hot, humid and tropical. Sunny skies are the order of the day; even in the brief monsoon season there is always a daily spell of sunshine.

 

There has, however, been trouble in paradise. Modern Sri Lanka has experienced indigenous terrorism, particularly in the north of the island and the metropolis of Colombo city, but the beautiful beaches and towns of the south and southeast coast have been largely unaffected. Anyone travelling to Sri Lanka is advised to acquaint themselves with the current political and security situation before embarking on their visit. To compound matters, the island's tourism infrastructure is still recovering from the effects of the catastrophic tsunami, which devastated coastal areas in December 2004.

 

Adventurous visitors who enjoy some mystery and wonderment will, however, marvel at the ancient sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Panduwasnuwara, where the remains of a great civilisation are to be seen. The cities of Colombo and Kandy show the influence of the foreign colonial powers that fought for control over the strategic, lush island in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Dutch-inspired buildings stand cheek to jowl with Victorian British mansions and Portuguese fortifications.

 

Sri Lanka offers leisure and pleasure opportunities at a gentle pace; this is no package holiday destination but rather one to be savoured by discerning travellers who enjoy discovering their own diversions.

 

Tourist Offices - Ministry of Tourism, Colombo: +94 11 441 464 or www.srilankatourism.org

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Visitors may be required to deposit a sum of money not exceeding Rs. 500 on arrival. This is refundable, less any expenditure incurred on the visitor's behalf by the government of Sri Lanka. Visitors also should be able to satisfy the immigration officials they have sufficient funds for their stay in Sri Lanka (minimum US$15 per day). Entry can be refused to visitors who do not comply with a required standard of general appearance: men with long hair are not favoured. Visa-exempt nationals should have a passport valid for three months beyond period of stay, otherwise passports should be valid for two months after expiry date of visa.


- For Australians - Australian citizens require a passport valid for at least two months beyond expiry date of the visa, which is issued on arrival at Colombo airport allowing for 30 days touristic visit. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is also required.


- New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for at least two months beyond the expiry date of the visa, which can be obtained on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days for touristic purposes. Tickets and all documents necessary for an onward or a return journey are also required.


- United States citizens require a passport valid for at least two months beyond the expiry date of the visa. A visa allowing for 30 days for tourist purposes will be issued on arrival at Colombo airport. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is also required.


- United States citizens require a passport valid for at least two months beyond the expiry date of the visa. A visa allowing for 30 days for tourist purposes will be issued on arrival at Colombo airport. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is also required.


- British citizens require a passport valid for at least two months beyond the expiry date of the visa, which is issued on arrival at Colombo airport allowing for a touristic stay of up to 30 days. A return ticket or proof of onward travel is also required.

 

Sri Lanka Holidays - Currency of Sri Lanka

 

The unit of currency is the Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR), which is divided into 100 cents. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and travellers cheques in US Dollars are recommended. ATMs are becoming more common, but outside the main cities they are unlikely to accept international cards. Credit cards should be used with caution due to the potential for fraud. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change, banks and hotels, but exchanging cash is more expensive than exchanging travellers cheques. Banks are closed on Sundays.

 

Sri Lanka Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international country dialling code for Sri Lanka is +94. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)1 for Central Colombo. International direct dial facilities are available in Colombo and other major cities. Four mobile phone operators provide GSM 900 and/or 1800 frequency networks with coverage across all the main parts of the island. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.

 

Sri Lanka Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Sri Lanka over 18 years do not have to pay duty on the following items: 2 bottles wine and 1.5 litres spirits; perfume up to 59ml and 250ml eau de toilette; and souvenirs to the value of US$250. Cigarettes and tobacco are subject to customs duties. For family members travelling together free import applies for two members. Passengers must declare personal effects to ensure free export when they arrive in Sri Lanka. Restricted items include firearms, ammunitions, explosives and weapons, plants, fruits, birds and by-products, medication (unless it is for personal use), and goods for commercial purposes. Prohibited items include drugs or narcotics, pornographic material, and material that ridicules religious belief systems.

 

Sri Lanka Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A 10% service charge is added to most restaurant and hotel bills. Tipping is a customary way to show appreciation for almost all services and small amounts are sufficient, otherwise 10% of the amount due is standard. There is no need to tip taxi drivers.

 

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