Before Departure to Sri Lanka

Read about passports, visas, vaccinations and the practicalities

In Sri Lanka, an impressive journey awaits, where you can combine a beach holiday with unique culture, and where you can also experience the lush nature that Sri Lanka hides. On this page you will get practical information about passports & visas, vaccinations, currency and the language to equip you so that you are ready to travel to Sri Lanka with Tourist Travel.

Passport & Visa to Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan authorities have provided the following passport and visa rules, which apply to Danish citizens when traveling to Sri Lanka. If you are in doubt about passport and visa rules, please contact the Embassy of Sri Lanka for confirmation below or for more information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

Is there a visa requirement for travel to Sri Lanka? – Yes it is there. It is important to check the rules of visa and passport when traveling to Sri Lanka. For example, if your trip to Sri Lanka is less than 30 days, it is possible to obtain a tourist visa, which can be issued upon entry into the country. However, this requires one to register in ETA. The following points, you should be aware of before your trip to Sri Lanka.

Pass to Sri Lanka

  • Your passport must be valid for six months after the end of the trip.
  • Danish extended passports are recognized.
  • Danish temporary passports are recognized upon entry and exit. A stamp from the immigration authorities is required on departure.
  • EU emergency passports are recognized on both entry and exit to Sri Lanka.

Visa to Sri Lanka

  • There is a visa requirement when traveling to the country.
  • Tourist visas up to 30 days can be issued upon entry, but require prior ETA registration .

Vaccinations when traveling to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is wonderful. The country has so many marvelous spots, which UNESCO has recognized no less than eight times. The World Heritage List includes the lion cliff Sigiriya, the Golden Temple Dambulla and a number of glorious cities.

Sri Lanka is far and therefore it is to be expected that climate and bacteria are foreign to us. Therefore, always consult your own doctor before traveling to Sri Lanka. Here you can be informed about which vaccinations you should receive.

You can also use the Danish Doctors’ Vaccination Service , through which you can book an appointment for vaccination at a private clinic near you. Here you can also find prices.

Currency in Sri Lanka

The currency of Sri Lanka is called Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR). The exchange rate is variable but 1 LKR corresponds approximately to 0.4 DKK. In Sri Lanka you can also use US dollars (USD).

It is best to switch to the local currency, which is possible on arrival at the airport or at the hotel. Bring USD or EUR to get a favorable exchange rate. You can also use all common credit cards in Sri Lanka.

Language of Sri Lanka

On your trip to Sri Lanka you can experience as many as seven languages ​​spoken between locals. The official language is Indo-Aryan language Sinhala, spoken by about omkring of the population. Tamil is spoken by about a quarter, while smaller groups speak Vedda and Malay.

Formerly an English colony, the English language is widely recognized and widely spoken in Sri Lanka. English is also used in mass media, administration and trade. In religious contexts, Pali and Sanskrit are still used.

Time difference between Sri Lanka and Denmark

The time difference between Sri Lanka and Denmark is 4½ hours, provided we have winter time in Denmark. Sri Lanka uses only winter time, and during Danish summer time, the time difference will therefore be 5½ hours.

When traveling to the East, which is the case when traveling to Sri Lanka, set the clock back. As the time difference is significant, you can advantageously adjust your internal clock in advance, by getting up early on the day of departure.

Facts about Sri Lanka

According to weddinginfashion, Sri Lanka is a relatively small island, located in the Indian Ocean southeast of India. The country is very unique and offers shocking cultural experiences and magnificent nature. If you are interested in wildlife, then a trip to Sri Lanka is the pure paradise for you. Both on earth, in the air and on the water, the animal kingdom will captivate you.

Your trip to Sri Lanka can rarely get too long because you will need all the time you can afford. Sri Lanka is known among surfers as the island, whereby the wind is consistent. Among divers, Sri lanka is referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. In short – Sri Lanka is amazing for everyone.

Main facts about Sri Lanka

Capital city: Colombo
Area: 65,610 km2
Population: 21.44 million (2017)
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil and English
Religion: Buddhism (73%), Hinduism (14%), Islam (8%) Christianity (5%)
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) 1 DKK = 26.39 LKR


The Sri Lankan flag was hoisted for the first time in 1948, but it was not until 1978 that the flag became official. The appearance of the flag is taken from Sri Lanka’s centuries-old lion flag, which formerly belonged to the Sinhalese king of Kandy.

The sword symbolizes authorities, while the green and orange stripe symbolizes the island’s minorities – including Hindus and Muslims. The magazines refer to Buddhism – Sri Lanka’s primary religion.

The Sri Lankan flag


Capital city: Colombo
Area: 65,610 km2
Continent: Asia
Time zone: Indian Standard Time GMT + 5.30
Limits to: Sri Lanka is an island south of India
Largest cities: Colombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa, Negombo, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte


Population: 21.44 million (2017)
Population density: 333 people / km2 (2017)
Population growth: 1.1% / year
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil and English
Religion: Buddhism (73%), Hinduism (14%), Islam (8%) Christianity (5%)


Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) 1 DKK = 26.39 LKR
Vaccinations: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, possibly Typhoid
Passport & Visa: You have a visa requirement when traveling in Sri Lanka. Tourist visas of up to 30 days can be issued upon entry with requiring prior ETA registration. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of return.
Insurance: Remember travel insurance. Neither yellow nor just health cards can be used in Sri Lanka
Travel time: November to April is high season but you can find good weather in Sri Lanka all year round. It just depends on what part of the island you are visiting.


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