Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka?
Foreign passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to entry into Sri Lanka. This can be done on-line at the following website: www.eta.gov.lk
Australia: Yes – in advance
Belgium: Yes – in advance
Canada: Yes – in advance
Germany: Yes – in advance
Ireland: Yes – in advance
Netherlands: Yes – in advance
New Zealand: Yes – in advance
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: Yes – in advance
United Kingdom: Yes – in advance
USA: Yes – in advance
Is tipping customary in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lankans work hard and typically receive a low wage, so tipping drivers, porters, maids and other service staff is a good idea. A small amount should suffice. When in restaurants, add 10% to the bill as a tip.
What is the internet access like in Sri Lanka?
Internet access is growing in Sri Lanka. Internet cafes are easily found in large cities, but the speed may be slower than what you’re used to.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Sri Lanka?
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in urban areas, but can be patchy and less reliable in rural areas. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone before you arrive.
What are the toilets like in Sri Lanka?
Squat toilets are the most common toilets in Sri Lanka. Always carry your own toilet paper and soap as they are usually not provided. Western-style flushable toilets can be found in upmarket restaurants, five-star hotels and in some tourist areas.
What will it cost for a…?
Soft drink = Rs. 100
Beer = Rs. 200-250
Simple lunch at local restaurant = Rs. 300 – 400
Seafood dinner = Rs. 1,000-1,500
Can I drink the water in Sri Lanka?
It’s not recommended to drink the tap water in Sri Lanka. Filtered water is a better option; try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Are credit cards accepted widely in Sri Lanka?
Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, restaurants and medium-large shops in tourist areas. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and places in remote areas probably won’t have facilities that support credit cards, so ensure you have enough cash to cover expenses while in rural areas or when visiting smaller vendors.
What is ATM access like in Sri Lanka?
ATMs are becoming more common in Sri Lanka’s large cities, so finding one shouldn’t be a problem. Smaller towns and isolated areas will have very few, or none at all, so have enough cash to cover purchases as ATM access may not be available.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling in Sri Lanka?
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.