Cool, light weight clothing is the most comfortable attire for travelling in Sri Lanka. A wide brimmed hat & sun glasses and sunblock are highly recommended. Comfortable, soft soled walking shoes with low or no heels are ideal for sightseeing. Shawls, long skirts, long trousers and long sleeved shirts are recommended for temple visits. We also suggest carrying 2-3 pairs of socks since shoes must be removed when entering religious buildings.
Sri Lanka has an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system which grants prior approval for visas for foreign nationals online here.
Make sure you have Travel Insurance and that you are adequately covered for Cancellation, Curtailment and Medical Insurance prior to your holiday departure, and we strongly advise insurance against loss of, or damage to, baggage and loss of personal money.
We recommend carrying a basic first aid kit whilst travelling. If you require a particular medication or prescription take an adequate supply to last through your entire trip as it may not be available locally.
Dengue and malaria are also present in Sri Lanka - your best defence for avoiding mosquito borne-diseases is through the use of a good insect repellent and keeping well covered during dawn and dusk.
All visitors to Buddhist & Hindu Temples are expected to be considerately dressed when visiting any place of worship. Shorts, bare shoulders, caps and hats will not be appreciated
Sri Lanka has a decimal currency system. One Sri Lankan Rupee is divided in to 100 cents. The Sri Lankan rupee is a restricted currency and therefore money can only be exchanged once in the country.
Feedback from previous tours has led us to suggest an overall tips package for your journey where we would take care of tipping throughout which would include tips at restaurants where the meal is included, your driver, your guide as well as hotel and support staff. If you would prefer to manage your own tips, please speak to your tour escort.
Travelling with CPAP or other Medical Machines
Inform The Big Journey Company that you are travelling with such a device as early as possible and well before you travel. This is especially important in places where there may be issues with power supply, such as on safari or small cruise ships. Also,
-Check that you have the correct electrical and voltage adapters for the country and accommodation you are visiting;
-Check with your airline that they allow your device to be carried as additional hand luggage and ensure that your device is easily accessible and properly labelled as medical machinery;
-Always carry a letter from your medical practitioner prescribing its use for you;
-Ensure you have details of your machine separately in case of the need to secure repairs/replacements whilst you are travelling;
-Check with your medical practitioner about the use of tap or bottled water in the event that distilled water cannot be sourced in the country you are travelling to.
Please note, if you require distilled or ionised water, you must inform The Big Journey Company of this at least two weeks ahead of travel so we are able to make preparations with our ground agents. There will be an additional charge for this.