Security in Sri Lanka
Security in Sri Lanka
Unfortunately, a very safe country Sri Lanka until called. The political situation in the country is quite unstable. Many years in the country proceeded tamilo-Sinhala conflict, but in 2009 the civil war completed the victory of the government troops. The roots of the conflict lay in the long-standing confrontation between ethnic Sinhalese and the Tamil minority.
The result of this war, there are mined areas, so the warnings about the minefield should be taken seriously. Do not be surprised that on the streets you can see armed people (mostly police officers), and traffic checkpoints. Due to heightened security measures, the armed men and checkpoints, Sri Lanka is one of the safest tourist destinations. However, the tension is felt. But outside of major cities, resort areas, beaches and areas of the hotels, you'll hardly feel that in this country more recently had some problems. Going on trips, travel to non-tourist areas of the country, it is advisable to take your passport.
With crime in Sri Lanka the situation is more favorable. Serious crimes are very few. High, which may suffer tourist theft and fraud. Theft of personal belongings from the room, pickpocketing, thefts from safes in hotels are not uncommon, so this issue should take the necessary security measures, which can be found in the article "issues of keeping money and documents while traveling". Extremely rare case of a robbery by snatching bags, phones, cameras.
Really serious problem in Sri Lanka are different types of fraud. The scammers sell the tourists non-existent travel services, tickets, or sell them at inflated prices. Cheat even in churches "linestotal or lemonade". Always be careful and double check what you say, local businessmen and the spring and summer, they are ready to deceive you, even in such seemingly innocuous things as the sights, just to get their benefits.
Here is some of the most simple ways of taking money from tourists to Sri Lanka:
- Unexpected service. Entrance fee to the attraction or service you declare after you received it. Moreover, you will learn that you favor.
- Unexpected surcharges. Sri Lankans love to include to include in the final cost of any service or product all sorts of unexpected fees and taxes. It may be service charges or government taxes the hotel charges for wear and tear when you rent a motorcycle, rent a helmet and anything else. Worst of all, about the need to pay this fees, you will learn only years has already received a product or service, and the ability to say no. Even if you asked the first direct question "are taxes Included, this is the final price?", this does not guarantee that you they still do not require.
- Friends helper. Almost any attraction you could settle down people, who say a few words about this place and will constantly follow you. At the end of the inspection he will announce that he is a tour guide conducted a tour for you and will require money for this.
- Still friends-assistants. Any person who accidentally talks to you on the street, will try under some pretext to get you in the store or to bring the tray for you he gets a Commission. Of course, this is all very well rehearsed, and this acquaintance may be provided, for example, a chef's kitchen in your hotel. All of this is in any case intended to sell you some "stuff" at fantastic prices.
- Paid gifts. At the entrance to the temple you can give a flower or candle to give, and even if you ask how much it costs, will tell you that for free to you have opted. At the exit of the temple, this same man will catch you and will demand money.
- Unexpected Parking. Leaving the bike in some place, in the back, you suddenly learn that this place has paid Parking, and you have to pay an unreasonable amount even five minutes of Parking.
- Additional fee for Parking. Even in the paid Parking areas near sites, where you are officially paid and received a receipt upon return you can expect a Stalker, who "looked after" separately, for your motorcycle, for which he will claim the money.
- The fee for the shoes. At the entrance to the temples and sights you will be asked to remove your shoes, and don't let him take her with him even in a package or backpack. At the exit, of course, will require money for safekeeping.
Health and medicine in Sri Lanka
Medicine in Sri Lanka at a high enough level. Clinic, there are free and paid. Of course, it is better to seek help in private institutions, but it is best in such cases to have an insurance policy.
Medications at local drugstores, you can find almost any, but many of them are fakes or they are very low quality. So do not be fooled by low prices at local pharmacies, and is really important to you drugs better bring.
Consider the following guidelines:
- Tap water can not drink. Use for drinking and brushing teeth purchase bottled water
- Always wash your hands before eating
- Mandatory vaccinations for entry to Sri Lanka not required, but recommended vaccinations against hepatitis (A and b), tetanus, diphtheria, and typhoid. If you arrive from the regions to be declared a zone of infestation of yellow fever (usually Africa, South America), mandatory vaccination
- Protect yourself from mosquito bites (mosquitoes), potential vectors of dangerous diseases by using insect repellent and clothing that covers exposed skin
- It is recommended to perform a prophylactic against malaria
Recommendations for security in Sri-Lanka and traditions of behavior
- Drugs in Sri Lanka outside the law, and for their distribution and storage the death penalty. Domestically, soft drugs can be bought quite easily, but it might be a provocation, followed by divorce for money
- Be careful with the monkeys: they not only can bite you, but can steal your things, sneaking them directly with you (sunglasses, chain, camera, purse, etc.)
- Nudity in Sri Lanka illegal. Topless sunbathing is possible only on private beaches or pools in hotels
- Do not photograph military installations, government agencies, police and military
- When visiting temples, dress appropriately, do not enter churches in shorts, short skirt, open back and shoulders, headdress. Before entering the temple, remove shoes
- Do not touch the head monk. Women to touch a monk at all
- Don't turn your back to pictures and statues of the Buddha even at the time of photographing. If you really want to be photographed in front of the Buddha, it is better to stay away from the subject
- Do not use your left hand for eating, do not take or give anything with the left hand. Left hand in Sri Lanka use the toilet, not toilet paper, so nothing more to it (left hand) do not
- To point at someone with the index finger in Sri Lanka is considered a very rude gesture
- Gestures of the head "Yes" and "no" in Sri Lanka are the opposite: nodding the head means "No" and from side to side and shrug - "Yes"
Customs regulations of Sri Lanka
According to the current legislation allowed to import duty free in Sri Lanka:
- Clothes for personal use
- Two bottles of wine and half a litre of spirits per person (see the import of alcohol in Sri Lanka)
- Toilet water: not more than 0.25 liters, a small quantity of perfume and Souvenirs with a total value of not more than $ 250 and not for commercial purposes.
Import of cigarettes is permitted only upon payment of a fee. All other things are not from the list above, equipment, jewelry, etc., by law, must be declared to allow their removal later.
All this according to the law, in fact, not every tourist is going to pay a fee for a couple packs of cigarettes and an extra bottle of wine. Tourists neither when entering nor when leaving the country almost never inspected, although, in case you are carrying expensive equipment (photo, video), not be amiss to declare, to avoid problems at checkout.
- pornographic and promotional materials
- anti-religious materials
Import/export of currency in Sri Lanka
The amount of imported foreign currency in Sri Lanka is unlimited, but amounts over the equivalent of $15 000 (including travellers cheques and Bank obligations) must be declared. When importing currency, subject to Declaration by the amount equivalent to more than $5 000 if you intend to export it back.
Indian and Pakistani currency is prohibited to import/export.
Import/export of national currency of Sri Lanka is limited to a maximum of 5000 rupees.
The import of alcohol in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka is allowed to bring two bottles of wine and half a litre of spirits per person, but only for persons over 18 years.
Some popular Internet sources erroneously indicate that it is possible to import or wine or spirits. That's not true, it is possible to import both wine and spirits. Here is a quote from the official rules "Two regular-size bottles of wine and one and a half liters of spirits".