1) Are visas required to travel to Sri Lanka?
Yes, but they can be conveniently obtained upon arrival. An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) endorsement is all that is required in order to successfully do so, and arranging for an ETA can be done at:
(i) The embassy or consulate of Sri Lanka in your home country,
(ii) Via a travel agent,
(iii) Over the web at www.eta.gov.lk
(iv) Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (this might cost higher in terms of fees though).
A visitor’s pass of 30 days can therefore be approved. If you wish to extend your visas, you can feel free to visit the Department of Immigration and Emigration at Colombo 10 in order to do the needful.
2) What is the best season to visit Sri Lanka?
While Sri Lanka features pleasant weather all year round all thanks to its close proximity to the equator, the country does experience its share of monsoon winds that blow twice a year.
(i) The Yala Monsoon
Blowing from May to August, Southern and Western areas of Sri Lanka form part of this monsoon. The latter portion of every year i.e. from December to March are peak seasons for visiting cities and townships located within these regions.
(ii) The Maha Monsoon
Affecting the North and East, this monsoon blows annually from October to January, thereby determining drier periods to be anywhere between May and September.
3) Are there any special customs that will require to be followed while in Sri Lanka?
What with the island nation being apt to welcomingly usher those who come here for a visit, local Sri Lankan people are well accustomed to entertaining foreign guests while being helpful and friendly at the same time. However it is useful to note the fact that dressing up adequately prior to entering temples and other sacred sites of worship is quintessential. Covering of arms and legs is required, while hats, caps, sunglasses and footwear need to be removed. Apart from that, being clad in bathing suits is also mandatory, as nudity is strictly prohibited in bathing areas such as swimming pools and by the beach.
4) Do I need to pack any essentials that may be of use here in Sri Lanka?
As Sri Lanka is a tropical destination, packing light clothes are recommended, along with sun hats or caps to shield yourself from the intense daytime sunshine that frequents the island. Feel free to throw in some sunscreen too, for that matter! Plus, mosquitoes can be commonplace especially in outdoor areas such as parks so packing in a portable mosquito repellent spray or lotion is bound to come in handy too!