Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Sri Lanka is a tropical country with almost the same season all year long except for monsoon seasons kicking off at different times during the year, despite showers a warm sunny climate is always guaranteed.
English is widely spoken. Sinhala (Indo-Aryan language) (language of 74% of the population). Though Tamil (Dravidian language) is language of only 18.1% of the population, Tamil too is an official language in Sri Lanka.
The professional standards of doctors and surgeons are excellent with specialist hospitals including Eye, Children’s, Ayurvedic and Maternity. For emergencies call:
Fire & Ambulance: (011) 2 422222
Police: (011) 2 433333 / 119
Tuk tuk and taxi drivers will know of the nearest hospital.
Foreign currency and Traveller’s Cheques may be changed at any hotel, although commercial banks offer better rates. Converting Sri Lankan rupees back to a selected foreign denomination could be done at the airport bank which is open 24 hours of the day. Please retain your money changing receipts. Currency notes are in 10s, 20s, 50s, 100s, 200s, 500s, 1000s, 2000s ,5000s.
Embarkation forms are available at the airport check-in counter and need to be filled and handed over to the immigration desk prior to departure.
Most shops open at 10.00am and close at 6.00pm. Shops are usually closed on Sundays and Full moon (Poya) days. The full moon Poya day has religious significance for Buddhists and alcohol is not served in hotels, bars and public recreational areas on this day.
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