Foreign travel advice

Sri Lanka


Bandaranaike International Airport will be closed from 8am to 4:30pm daily from 6 January to 6 April 2017 due to runway resurfacing work. Airlines are advising passengers to check in 5 hours prior to departure in order to avoid queues or delays.

You need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Short stay visas can be obtained online. See Visas

Most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble-free. However, you should be aware of the risk of sexual assault, spiked drinks, road accidents, drowning due to dangerous tides and credit card fraud. See Safety & Security

There is a risk from Dengue fever. See Health

Sri Lanka can be affected by severe weather like tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. Check local advice before setting out. See Natural disasters

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.