We advise very strongly to practice sensible health precautions even if you are the most experience traveler. Please check with your personal doctor, or a tropical Institute or the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the up-dated recommendation for Sri Lanka. Check what the latest recommendation vaccinations, malaria and dengue prevention matters are and discuss any underlying health concerns. Do this at least six weeks before you are due to travel to allow any new vaccinations time to take effect
Commonly recommended vaccinations for all your short-term visits include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis, Tetanus and Typhoid. Advice can vary. For example, rabies protection is recommended by a minority of medical centers or countries. Also consider Japanese encephalitis if travelling in rural areas.
Compulsory vaccination certificates: Sri Lanka's immigration department may request compulsory vaccination certificates from travelers from certain countries to allow entry into the country. This would be advised when you apply for your online visa. This has recently included an insistence on yellow fever certificates for travelers from or who have recently visited many African and South American countries.
Update on CoVid-19
Sri Lanka as many other countries impose Covid-19 restriction which are changing on a regular basis. These restrictions also depend on the country you are entering from, so please contact the nearest Sri Lankan Embassy. Visit our blog and explore what Sri Lanka prepared to keep you save during your visit in Sri Lanka:
- Sri Lanka Tourism Safety Protocols
- Health & Hygiene Statement and Measurements for South East Asia Dreams Guests and Operators
- Sri Lanka updating arrival procedures start january 2022 (30 Dec 2021)
- Sri Lanka removes requirement for pre-arrival PCR test (15 Feb 2022)
Medical facilities are not always of a standard expected in western countries, particularly outside Colombo. Treatment in private hospitals can be expensive and the options for repatriation in an emergency are limited and very expensive. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance (see info below) and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
In case of an accident or a medical emergency while on holiday, inform you guide immediately or go directly to the emergency department of the closest private or government hospital and you will be seen by an emergency physician. You also can dial 011 2691111 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Please make sure, before you leave your home that you have a proper medical travel insurance . Even the medical prices around the country are lower than at home, in the unlikely event of an medical emergency a hospital / doctor bill can exceed your holiday budget.
There is no guarantee that you are able to get the same medication here in Sri Lanka as in your home country, therefore if you have any special medical requirements, please make sure you bring the correct amount along.
For those who plan to go scuba diving, please note that many drugs behave differently while you are diving. Please notify us of any medication you are using, so we can note it in your travel file.
When eating any kind of food, consider the old advice: ‘boil it, bake it, peel it or ignore it’. Be particularly wary of salads and unpeeled fruit and ensure your meat is thoroughly cooked.
Drinking water: We recommend strongly not to drink water from the tap within Sri Lanka. Always use bottled and filtered drinking water even when you are cleaning your teeth. Make sure that the seal on your bottled water is not broken. As Sri Lanka start to be more environmental the costs of plastic bottles are more expensive, so you may want to consider a more ‘greener’ options. Chlorine tablets are cheap, light and easy to use. Top hotels also supply flasks of boiled and filtered water.
Coconut water is renowned as a settler of a queasy stomach, although some may prefer to take their medicinal coconut in the form of arrack, the local firewater.
Swimming: There are some fantastic beaches to enjoy along the coastline of Sri Lanka. Be aware of strong currents in some areas and take local advice. Between December and April, the seas along the West and South Coast are suitable for swimming. Even during the season, some of the coastal areas are not suitable for swimming due to reefs and strong currents. Much of the East Coast is generally more placid for swimming, especially in peak season from June to September. Always take note of red-flag warnings.
Mosquitoes are most active when it becomes dark or early in the morning. In the evening wear light-colored clothes and so not forget to shut the windows when you leave your room. Areas where you have mosquito nets, let them down before it’s getting dark. In open-air restaurants they usually place mosquito coils under the table, but it is strongly recommended to get insect-repellent sprays and lotions.
Travel insurance is most highly recommended for your protection and covers you for loss of luggage, cancellation, medical expenses and a scuba diving emergency.
Get more detail regarding Travel Insurance and why it is so important to have one on our blog: Why you should get a travel insurance?
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