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Questions tagged [sri-lanka]

A country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent in South Asia.

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Can I use transit visa for visa run from India to Sri Lanka on normal return ticket?

We are a family of five Lithuanians (EU citizens). Currently, we are in India on one year multiple entry tourist visas and need to do a visa run every 90 days. I have checked and Sri Lanka gives free ...
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RTW ticket - complicated visa/passport issue [duplicate]

my family is travelling on a One World RTW trip which includes South Africa and Sri Lanka. Because we have both British and NZ passports and South Africa only has a visa waiver for British we booked ...
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Travel to Sri Lanka with criminal convictions

I am getting married to a Sri Lankan, in Sri Lanka in July. I have criminal convictions in New Zealand from more than ten years ago, for graffiti. These convictions are subject to New Zealand ...
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US Refugee Travel Document from JFK to Sri-Lanka

ASAP! I’m writing this now and after 8hrs my flight to Sri-Lanka via Dubai. My situation is: I'm granted asylum recently got RTD and now going to Sri-Lanka via Dubai from New-York. My question is 1)...
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Bus Times Ratnapura to Kandy (Sri Lanka)

What time do buses run from Ratnapura to Kandy after 10 AM (Please mention the last bus also)?
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Expected tip for driver of rented car in Sri Lanka

I traveled around Sri Lanka in a rented car with driver. The contract has this note: Above Price Not includes Driver Tip - We encourage our customers , whenever they wish, to offer drivers tips ...
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Can you take alcohol to Sri Lanka from Australia?

Can you take duty-free alcohol to Sri Lanka from Australia?
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Surfing in Sri Lanka in August

We're headed to Sri Lanka for surfing in August and all the websites I've read mention the East Coast/Arugam Bay for this time off the year and do not mention others at all. Is it the only availabe ...
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Ella and Nuwara-Eliya weather in early May (or late April)

I'll be in Pasikudah May 1-9 (in Trincomalee before that) and wanted to visit Ella and Nuwara Eliya from there, or between Trincomalee and Pasikudah. However, looking at weather forecasts from ...
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Is it currently safe to travel through Sri Lanka?

Next week I will fly to Colombo and I will travel around (Kandy, Ella, Tissa and along the south-west coast back to Colombo). I will travel by bus and train. Due to the current circumstances I am ...
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What trains are now running from Colombo to Galle in Sri Lanka and how can I prebook?

We are travelling from Colombo to Galle in April. We would like to take a train, either Exporail or Rajhastani. Are there any first class carriages operating? Can we prebook?
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What does a Sri Lankan visa for Indians look like?

I applied for a Sri Lankan ETA online. I got an approval notice and PFA within a few minutes. Is this a real visa or should I wait for the real one? Should I pin this to my passport? Please advise.
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How to get Expo Rail ticket?

I wanted to buy tickets for Expo Rail Sri Lanka from Colombo to Nanoya (Nuwara Eliya) in December. I checked their website, and can’t find anything. Is it possible to buy at the station?
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Traveling through Colombo on separate tickets: is my transit visa enough?

I am a Yemeni citizen traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Salalah, Oman as follow : From Kuala Lumpur to Colombo on Airasia arriving at 21:55 23/08/2017 Departing From Colombo to Salalah at 05:...
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If I am issued a Sri Lankan visa while in China, can I use it to fly there from Ghana?

I am living in China now, but will be leaving soon. I want to apply for a Sri Lankan visa while I'm here in China. If it is granted, can I still use the visa after I leave China and return to my own ...
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When can I apply for an ETA for Sri Lanka?

My parents want to go to Sri Lanka in late September. According to them you need to apply for an ETA beforehand, so they've asked me to walk them through the process. However, during the application, ...
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Can I keep two laptops with me when flying to Sri Lanka from Shanghai?

I'm planning a trip Shanghai to Sri Lanka. I just bought a new laptop as a gift to a friend. Also I have my laptop as well. I'm wondering whether I'm allowed to carry two of them with me or not? ...
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Does Sri Lankan Airlines still offer hotels on long layovers in Colombo? And if so, do they help with visas?

I've seen quite a few references to Sri Lankan Airlines offering free hotels for people with an unavoidable 8-24 hour transit layover in Colombo. They all seem to point to http://www.srilankan.com/en-...
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Where can I go windsurfing or snorkeling in July in southern India?

I'm visiting an event in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India in July this year and I'm wondering whether I could add on a week at the beach afterwards. I usually go windsurfing and/or snorkeling when I stay at ...
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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

I'm in Tamil Nadu, India. Let's say I go to the area around Rameswaram, India, and that after that I want to visit the area around Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Getting a visa for Sri Lanka is done very ...
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Are there any InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) properties in Sri Lanka?

I'm looking at doing a mattress run / mileage run for my IHG Rewards Club account while I'm travelling in Sri Lanka later this month. However, on the IHG site I can't find any rooms for dates in ...
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How to book a train ticket in Sri Lanka in advance?

I am planning a trip to Sri Lanka in December (early December) and wanted to book the InterCity train from Colombo to Kandy and then from Galle back to Colombo. From my research, it seems one cannot ...
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Does airport immigration ask for boarding pass on arrival?

I have dual nationality (although China doesn't recognise that) and will be leaving China to Sri Lanka on my Chinese passport which is in my Chinese name and which I have done on previous ocassions. ...
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Getting from Colombo international airport to Anuradhapura

I am looking for a budget option of getting to Anuradhapura straight from the Colombo international airport. I haven't purchased a plane ticket yet but I am planning to time my arrival before late ...
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Where I can find beaches with still water in beginning of April in Sri-Lanka?

I am going to Sri Lanka in the beginning of April. I want to spend about a week on the beach, just taking sunbaths and swim near coast. I don't need any water sports. I want to find the place with ...
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What to do on east coast of Sri Lanka in May [closed]

I'm going to Sri Lanka with my wife for 1 week early May. I think we will stay Trincomalee/Nilaveli as we enjoy beaches and snorkeling, but are there any day trips that we can do from there. I was ...
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Use of Euros in Sri Lanka, will they be accepted for small purchases?

Am cruising in a few weeks time & wondering what currency I should take ashore in Sri Lanka as will only be there for one day & will be going on a pre organized tour. Thought a very small ...
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Sri Lanka: visa requirements and possibility of visa on arrival at airport?

I'm am European (French) and plan a holiday in Sri Lanka. Do I need to apply for a visa to stay there for 3 weeks? If yes, do I have to get the visa before going there (ie. through ambassy) or can I ...
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Is it possible to buy a computer monitor and HRM watch in Colombo, Sri Lanka duty-free airport shops?

I'd like to take a monitor with me as a checked baggage, but it is an international flight with one change so it seems quite risky. So I would like to buy one at Colombo Airport duty-free shop. Do ...
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Hotels with or around casinos in Colombo

I am hoping to visit Colombo in a couple weeks and I am looking to stay in a hotel (at least 4 star user ratings). I expect to spend quite a bit of time at casinos in Colombo and based on my past ...
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What time do air conditioned buses run from Colombo to Anuradhapura?

What time do air conditioned buses run from Colombo to Anuradhapura? When is the earliest bus leaving?
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Power plugs in Sri Lanka

I am about to go to Sri Lanka for a dew weeks but am unsure about the type of power sockets. I know that they have type D, G and M sockets. I will be fine with the G sockets (I have an AU-UK adaptor ...
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Dalhousie to Udawalawe?

How can I travel from Dalhousie to Udawalawe? Are there any sensible public transport options or would a driver be required? I intend to do this after descending Adams Peak.
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Bus times from Anuradhapura to Kandy?

What time do air conditioned buses run from Anuradhapura to Kandy?
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Distinguishing Tamil speakers from Sinhalese speakers in Sri Lanka

When in Sri Lanka I would like to use a few words of either Tamil or Sinhalese with the locals. How can I tell which language I should try? Are there cultural appearances that I can go from? Of I get ...
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How long does it usually take to obtain a Sri Lankan Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETL) online?

It is possible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETL) to Sri Lanka online. Roughly how long does it typically take for an ETL to be issued once the application has been made? In case ...
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Where can I see turtles hatching or laying in southern or south-western Sri Lanka in late March?

Are turtles hatching or laying eggs in southern or south-western Sri Lanka in late March? Which area would I need to visit to see turtles on the beach at this time?
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Where can I buy Sri Lanka rupee (LKR) in Australia (AUD)?

Since we will be arriving at 12:15 am, I would like to buy some Sri Lankan rupees before arrival. Is this possible if coming from Australia (via Singapore)?
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Homestays and a driver in Sri Lanka - will accommodation be a problem?

When hiring a car with driver in Sri Lanka, I am led to believe that the hotels provide accommodation and meals free to the driver. How would this work if instead of hotels we used home-stays? Is ...
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Are intercity trains in Sri Lanka generally on time?

Trains could be late anywhere in the world, but some countries seem to be more punctual than others. Are the intercity trains in Sri Lanka generally close to on time? Or habitually hours late?
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Where to find fruits market in Negombo, Sri Lanka? [closed]

Where to find a fruit market (or a place where I can buy fruit at wholesale prices) in/around downtown Negombo, Sri Lanka?
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Public transport to downtown Negombo

Are there any public transport available from Lewis Place ( beach side neighborhood) to down town Negombo ? Where to find it, and how long does it take ?
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Climbing Adam's peak (Sri Pada) in Sri-Lanka

I'm planning to climb the Adam's peak in March. What kind of trekking gear in terms of footwear etc. should be used for this trek ?
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Sri Lanka as a tourist: Are there regions I should avoid?

I'm thinking about going to visit a coworker of mine who is from Sri Lanka. If I'm flying that far away I would also spend some weeks in the whole country and not only at his place. To be honest, he ...
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What will the weather be like in Bali and Sri Lanka in November?

I'm thinking of a holiday to the west of Sri Lanka, near Colombo, or Bali in November. Can anyone tell me what to expect weather wise in each place?
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How to visit India, Nepal and Sri Lanka on a single trip

On my upcoming trip to India, I also would like to visit the neighboring countries of Nepal and Sri Lanka. Assuming I am flying into India (and out again) this means I need to get a multiple entry ...
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Camping in national parks in Sri Lanka

Can you just take a tent, take some food and stay for a few days in national park in Sri Lanka? First of all is it legal to do so? For example are campfires allowed? And if it is legal is it safe? Are ...
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Advice on taxis and accommodation for travel in Sri Lanka [closed]

My partner and I are going travelling in Sri Lanka in November for two weeks and I'm trying to plan a trip. I have a few specific questions about travel but would appreciate any tips or suggestions or ...