Best time to go to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s position close to the equator means that temperatures are pretty constant throughout the year. Along the coast, average daily highs often climb into the thirties. Monsoon season hits this side of the country in the summer, which means the winter months are lovely and dry. If you’re planning on venturing inland to Kandy or tea plantation territory, it’s a good idea to pack a jumper – the higher altitude brings cooler weather.

Passports and Visas

The Department of Immigration and Emmigration have introduced an online embarkation form which will replace the paper embarkation card. Foreign nationals can complete the online form three days prior to arrival in Sri Lanka. The service is free of charge.

All visitors are advised to apply online for an eVisa to enter Sri Lanka. Further information on eligibility is available on the Department of Immigration and Emigration website. Visitors can apply for an eVisa on the eVisa website. For a small fee, you can apply through our visa and travel authorisation partner – Sherpa.
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Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. It’s a good idea to visit your doctor a month or so before you travel for advice on vaccinations. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Colombo
    • Language - Sinhala and Tamil
    • Timezone - GMT +6
    • Population - 21,156,204
    • Currency - LKR:Sri Lankan Rupee
    • Flight Time - 10 hours 45 minutes from Gatwick

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