Sri Lanka has millennia of experience in ayurvedic medicine, however there are also Sri Lankan doctors who have had a comprehensive education in Western medicine. Nevertheless, you should still take note of a few medical precautions.
There are no injections required for a visit to Sri Lanka. However, it is recommended to get booster shots of polio, diphtheria and tetanus prophylaxis and to get vaccinated against typhus and hepatitis.
The usual warnings regarding water and food hygiene also apply: do not drink tap water (drink bottled mineral water instead), do not take any drinks with ice, only eat peeled fruit and wash your hands regularly. Even take caution with ice cream.
Although Malaria is present in Sri Lanka the risk of contracting it is fairly low. Those who would like to avoid using mosquito repellents containing prophylaxis should protect themselves by wearing long clothing, sleep under a mosquito net and rub themselves with insect repellent.
Don‘t forget sun protection (hat, sunglasses and cream)!
In rural areas there are not too many pharmacies so make sure you bring all the medicine with you that you need. We recommend that you also bring a standard travel first aid kit with medication for fever, pain, diarrhoea and colds, as well as wound disinfectants, insecticides, sunscreen products, ointment for insect bites or other skin irritation, fever thermometers and bandages.
You should take out travel health insurance that covers flight cancellation costs, in case of emergency. For detailed and up-to-date medical information, visit the Foreign Travel Advice website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka.
There are visa and passport requirements for travelling to Sri Lanka. Your passport must be valid for at least six months. You can apply for your visa with a Sri Lankan foreign representative or at http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ and must do so in plenty of time before your journey. Obtaining a visa usually costs around US$50 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12. These visas last for a maximum of 30 days and you must have proof of a return flight, sufficient finances for your stay (at least foreign US$15 worth of foreign currency for each day of your stay) and a hotel to stay in.
Please note that these entry requirements change frequently. Up to date information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka
Safety and Security
Security in Sri Lanka has improved enormously since the end of the civil war in 2009. Whilst most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble free, political rallies have occasionally turned violent and it is important to remain vigilant and aware of current events. There is still a strong military presence in some areas of the island and you should always carry a form of official photographic identification. Up to date safety and security information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/safety-and-security
The currency in Sri Lanka is Sri Lankan rupees (LKR). € 1 equals approx. 150 LKR, £ 1 equals approx. 200 LKR. You can find current exchange rates at http://www.cbsl.gov.lk and a currency converter at http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter
Currency exchange is available 24 hours a day at the airport. For good value currency exchange it is best to go to a professional bureau de change. You can usually change money at your hotel without any issues, however you will not always get a good rate.
Banks are usually open from Mon-Fri from 9:00-13:00. Additionally there are cash points for use with credit and debit cards in many places and most hotels and large restaurants accept major debit and credit cards. However, as credit card fraud is a risk for tourists, it is best to use cash whenever possible and only use ATMs attached to banks and major hotels.
Make sure you keep some coins and rupee notes in small denominations for smaller services.
Flights to Sri Lanka from Europe take approximately 10-11 hours. Sri Lankan airlines offer direct flights from London Heathrow to Colombo, however most flights to Sri Lanka will involve one or two changes.
SpaDreams Service and Quality
SpaDreams will help you organise your trip to Sri Lanka, offering you a highly individualised service and optimum advice, to ensure that your trip to Sri Lanka is comfortable and the best possible value. Whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday on the beach, an authentic Ayurveda cure, a tour through the highlights of Sri Lanka or a mixture of everything, our team of experts will help craft the perfect holiday for you.
We have long standing relationships and contracts with all of our hotel and resort partners in Sri Lanka and regularly travel to the resorts ourselves to perform on-site quality checks. Within our range of Sri Lankan hotels you‘ll find excellent prices, fantastic locations, direct access to sandy white beaches and exciting excursions to landmarks and tourist attractions. All of our hotels that offer Ayurveda cures are comprehensive and of the highest quality. The staff are friendly and always happy to assist you.