Security in Sri Lanka

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Attention! After a series of attacks in April 2019 security measures across Sri Lanka has seriously increased. Everywhere were police and military patrols, organized several additional lines of security control in the airport of Colombo, at the slightest suspicion curfews (usually at night). Heavily patrolled tourist areas, even beaches. Tourists and vacationers is not concerned, except, perhaps, some inconvenience of the airport and additional checks at the entrances to shopping malls and crowded places. In General the situation is calm and safe.
Полицейский на Шри-Ланке

Security in Sri Lanka

Полицейский на Шри-Ланке

Unfortunately, a very safe country Sri Lanka until called. From 1983 here has been tamilo-Sinhala civil armed conflict, which ended only in 2009 with the victory of the government troops. The roots of the conflict lay in the long-standing confrontation between ethnic Sinhalese (mostly Buddhist) and Tamil minority (mostly Hindu).

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 Sri Lanka is one of the safest tourist destinations, but the tension is felt, especially after the events in April 2019. 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.

With crime in Sri Lanka the situation is 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, the theft of items on beaches 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 for tourists in Sri Lanka are the different kinds of fraud and petty deceptions with the purpose to get more money from tourists. The scammers sell the tourists non-existent travel services, tickets, speculating. Cheat even in churches "linestotal or lemonade". A huge problem with the drivers weave-tuk, which lure tourists to his tuk-tuk "Terry lies". 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 about what you did, already at the exit.
  • Unexpected surcharges. Sri Lankans love to be included 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. Often these "well-wishers" talk on the streets, and they will follow you and pester druzhelyubnye personal questions, and then ask for money for support.
  • 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 this, in any case, aims to sell you some "stuff" at fantastic prices, or just ask for money for support.
  • 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:

  • Book before you travel travel health starhouse.
  • 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 straight from you (see how to behave with monkeys, precautions)
  • 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.

Prohibited import/export

  • drug
  • 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".

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
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Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/srilanka/art-shri-lanka-alkogol-i-cigarety. ...