Sri Lanka FAQs

ARE VISA’S REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA?
Yes. Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You will need to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel
Authority) prior to travel.
http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE IN SRI LANKA
It is a very good idea to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Sri Lanka. Ensure you have adequate
emergency evacuation insurance and that your luggage is also adequately insured, especially if you are carrying
expensive equipment such as laptops, cameras, ipads. If you are travelling on one of our Group Tours, Travel
Insurance is compulsory.

I’M A SINGLE TRAVELLER. DO I NEED TO PAY THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT?
At Incredible Indian Tours, we don’t charge a compulsory single supplement charge for single travellers. On our
group tours we often have 3,4 or even 5 travellers of the same sex travelling independently. If you choose the
sharing option, your tour leader will rotate the single sharers at each new hotel, so you get a new room-mate each
stop. If there is an odd number of single sharers, then someone gets their own room occasionally.
The Single Supplement cost only needs to be paid if you wish to guarantee your own room throughout the tour.

WHAT IS THE INTERNET ACCESS LIKE IN SRI LANKA
Internet access is available in internet cafes and hotels throughout Sri Lanka. Most hotels now provide Wifi access.
Smaller towns and villages may have limited access.
If you are carrying your own laptop, or a sim enabled iPad or similar, you can purchase a data sim cards.
Recommended providers are Mobitel & Hutch. If you wish to get a local data sim card, you may need to have a
photocopy of your passport photo page and visa page. You will also need a passport sized photo.

WHAT IS THE PHONE/MOBILE COVERAGE LIKE IN SRI LANKA
Mobile phone coverage is available in most areas in Sri Lanka. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone
before you arrive.
If you wish to get a local sim card, you may need to have a photocopy of your passport photo page and visa page.
You will also need a passport sized photo. Recommended providers are Mobitel & Hutch

ARE THERE ATMS IN SRI LANKA
Many ATMs are available in cities and towns. Smaller villages will have very few, so have enough cash to cover
purchases when out of major centres.

CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN SRI LANKA
Credit cards are accepted by most mid-range and above hotels. Mid-range and upmarket tourist restaurants and
medium-to-large shops in tourist areas are also likely to accept credit cards. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and
places in remote areas may not accept credit cards, so you will need to ensure you have plenty of cash when you
travel away from the cities.

SHOULD I BRING TRAVELLERS CHEQUES?
Travellers cheques are hard to come by and exchange these days. You are better off with a travellers money-card
that can access your funds safely from an ATM. Bring a small amount of cash that can be exchanged if necessary.

DO YOU NEED TO TIP IN SRI LANKA?
Tipping room staff, porters, drivers and guides is customary in Sri Lanka. While not mandatory, it is a polite way to
thank someone for their service to you. Restaurant bills sometimes include a service charge, but if not, 10% is a
standard tip in good restaurants, whilst in local eateries, rounding up the bill by 50-100rs is adequate. Some tipping
guidelines.
Room service 10% of the bill
Hotel staff member bringing something to your room Rs50.
Porters Rs50-100 per bag brought to your room.
Drivers Rs500-1000 per day.
Guides Rs400-600 for a short guided tour.
Guides Rs1000-2000 per day.

IS WATER SAFE TO DRINK ANYWHERE IN SRI LANKA?
No. Do not drink the water, do not brush your teeth in the water and do not inhale or breath in water in the shower. It
is also a good idea to avoid eating raw salads. Avoid ice in drinks except in more upmarket establishments and peel
fruit before eating.

HOW MUCH TOILET PAPER DO I NEED TO BRING?
Outside of hotels and tourist restaurants, some public toilets you will encounter may be squat-style toilets and will not
supply toilet paper. Hotel will provide toilet however it is always a good idea to carry a roll of toilet paper just in case.
You can purchase toilet paper easily in touristy areas of Sri Lanka, so you don’t need to bring more than a roll with
you. Don’t forget to carry hand sanitiser for when you don’t have access to soap and water in some public toilets.

DO I NEED TO PACK A BATHING SUIT?
Absolutely. Many hotels in Sri Lanka have swimming pools and there are a great many fabulous beaches to enjoy in
this beautiful island.

SHOULD I JUST BRING A SMALL CARRY ON BAG?
It depends on where you are travelling and what you like to do when you’re touring a new country. Sri Lanka has
many wonderful handicrafts and goods to purchase, so if you think you might be tempted, bring a medium-sized
suitcase, duffle or backpack, pack light (10-15kg) and leave plenty of room for purchases.

IS BRINGING A KINDLE OR IPAD A GOOD IDEA?
There are some long journeys by road in Sri Lanka so reading material is a great idea to have. Note that roads can
be windy and bumpy making reading challenging. Kindles and iPads are ideal as it means that you don’t have to
carry heavy books around. Download some good books on Sri Lanka and enjoy reading it as you experience it.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE. WILL I NEED A WOOL SWEATER?
The weather in Sri Lanka is tropical all year round. You will need light cotton clothing. If venturing into the hills, a
warm jacket will be required as the nights can get quite cold.
Refer to our Weather guidelines in the Country Guidelines in your tour pack that you will receive upon booking.

DO I NEED TO DRESS CONSERVATIVELY?
Yes, Sri Lanka is a very conservative country and dressing skimpily will draw unwanted attention to yourself, whether
you are a male or female. Lightweight, loose fitting, long legged clothing is best. Shoulders and knees should always
be covered. Long shorts for men are acceptable in the touristy areas.

SHOULD I WEAR CLOSED IN SHOES TO PROTECT MY FEET FROM THE DIRT?
As the weather is hot and humid most of the time, you will probably be more comfortable in open sandals or slip-off
shoes. Additionally, you will likely find that you need to take your shoes off regularly when going into temples/
pagodas and slip offs are quick and easy. Bring some socks for walking around temple grounds to protect your bare
feet from the heat and rocky ground.