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Learn about the Sri Lanka visa, customs and quarantine regulations. This includes types of visa applications, what to declare and what is prohibited in Sri Lanka.


You are required to have a visa to enter Sri Lanka, these can be applied for online for a small fee at

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from Sri Lanka.

Yellow Fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s website.


What items am I prohibited from bringing into Sri Lanka?

  • Dangerous drugs or narcotic substances
  • Pornographic or seditious materials
  • Any material ridiculing any religious belief
  • Endangered species of plants

Restricted goods include:

  • Pharmaceuticals and medicines, except for personal use
  • Goods for commercial or trade purposes, except trade samples
  • Plants, fruits, birds, and their products. Import permit must be obtained prior to travel

How much money can I bring into the country?

Visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than US$10,000 should declare the amount to the Customs on arrival. All unspent rupees converted from foreign currencies can be re-converted to the original currency on departure as long as encashment receipts can be produced.

What happens to goods you declare?

You may have to pay a levy duty on declared goods but any fresh food, plant material, seeds, soils, meats, and animal products are likely to be destroyed.

What are the duty-free concession limits for people entering Sri Lanka?

You are allowed to bring into the country duty free 1.5 litres of spirits, two bottles of wine, a small quantity of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilettes, and souvenirs with a value not exceeding US $250. The import of personal equipment such as cameras and laptop computers are allowed but must be declared on arrival. There is no duty-free allowance for tobacco products.