Summary

A general election has been called for 17 August 2015.

Political rallies and electoral periods in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent. You should avoid any political gathering or rally and be wary of spontaneous large gatherings. Carry official photo-ID with you at all times. You should follow local news closely in case curfews or other restrictions are announced. See Political situation

You need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. See Visas

In 2014, there were violent disturbances in Aluthgama (near Bentota) and Beruwala (about 60km south of Colombo) which resulted in 4 reported deaths and many injuries, as well as damage to buildings and local businesses. Both areas are near to tourist resorts on the coast. There have been isolated incidents and disturbances elsewhere around the country, primarily targeting Evangelical Christians and Muslims. You should take care and avoid demonstrations.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble-free, but you should be aware of the risk of credit card fraud, road accidents, drownings due to dangerous tides and dengue fever which is transmitted by mosquito bites.

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

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.