Travel Essentials

 

Visa

Participants are kindly requested to apply for a business visa prior to attending the conference. Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) when entering the country. They could also apply for a business visa from Sri Lanka Overseas Missions. Further details on applying for business visa could be obtained by contacting the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka. 

Citizens of Pakistan, Syria, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ghana are requested to contact the organizers prior to applying for visa. If required, SEC Sri Lanka will provide an invitation letter recommending the issuance of visa. Participants who require assistance should forward a copy of the passport when registering for the programme.

Climate

The climate could be defined as tropical and the average temperature in Colombo is around 27°C (81°F) – 29°C (84°). The windy weather of the Southwest Monsoon experienced during the Month of September is usually expected to ease off the warmth. Southwest Monsoon rains are experienced at any time during the day or night.

Time Difference

The standard time in Sri Lanka is five and a half hours ahead of GMT.  Allowance should be made for summer-time changes in Europe.

Electricity

230 volts, 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. 
 
Plugs come in a range of variations. Besides the primary plug type, you may well find US, EU and British-style plugs in your room.

Transactions

The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (Rs), divided into 100 cents (you rarely come across cents today). Currency notes are Rs. 5,000, Rs. 2,000, Rs. 1,000, Rs. 500, Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs. 20 and Rs. 10. Coins will be in denominations up to Rs. 10.

Make sure you have plenty of lower denomination notes (Rs. 50, Rs. 100, and Rs. 500), especially when traveling and when transacting with local vendors as change might be hard to come by apart from at hotels and big shops.

Banks are open from 0900 hrs to 1300 hours from Monday to Friday. Some city banks close at 1500 hrs, while some are open on Saturday mornings. It’s easy to withdraw money at ATMs using international debit card or credit cards.

Transport

Airport Transfers

Transport from the airport to the official hotels is priced at US$ 40/- (one way). To obtain the negotiated rates the delegates are kindly requested to contact Mr.Vasula Wimalaweera or Ms. Michelle Perera of Walkers Tours Limited.

However, participants may also obtain a taxi through counter at the Bandaranaike International Airport

Transport General:

►     Bus Service

Bus service in Sri Lanka is affordable. Buses are the principal mode of public transport. However, traveling by bus during peak hours might not be comfortable.

►     Taxi

Taxi services are metered but it is advisable to negotiate a rate before setting off. Participants may contact their respective hotels for recommended taxi services.

►     Trishaws (Tuktuks)

Trishaws are ideal for short journeys within Colombo, and the vehicles are mainly Indian-made Bajaj rickshaws. Most trishaws are not metered. Always agree on a fare beforehand. Drivers offer a decent fare, charging approximately Rs. 50 per km.

Vaccination Policy

Sri Lanka does not have a mandatory vaccination policy.

 
Emergency Services

Visitors to the country as well as the locals can reach for help in case of a health emergency or in any danger though the following numbers.

Emergency ServicesTelephone Number
Police Emergency Hotline118 / 119
Ambulance1990
Fire & Rescue110
Accident Service-General Hospital-Colombo011-2691111
Tourist Police011-2421052
Police Emergency011-2433333
Government Information Center1919
Report Crimes011-2691500
Emergency Police Mobile Squad011-5717171
Fire & Ambulance Service011-2422222

In case of a health emergency or in any danger participants may report the incident to : 
Tushara Jayaratne
Director, External Relations and Surveillance
Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka
Mobile : (+94) 777 268 644