VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Sri Lanka
Russian citizens do not need to apply for a visa for a tourist trip to Sri Lanka for a period of less than 30 days. Permission to stay in the country will be issued at the airport upon presentation of a passport. The validity of the foreign passport at the end of the trip must be at least 6 months.
The import and export of foreign currency is not limited, and the national currency is limited to 250 rupees. Duty-free import of up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, up to 2 bottles (0.75 l) of wine and up to 1.5 l of spirits, up to 250 ml of toilet water and up to 60 g of perfume is allowed. It is forbidden to export: without special permission – items of historical or cultural value, antique masks, manuscripts, books, ivory items, collections of coins and stamps, raw precious and semi-precious stones, tea (more than 2 kg).
Embassy in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, embassy in
Moscow Shchepkina, 24.
Tel.: 288-16-20, 288-16-51.
Sri Lanka, Russian Embassy in the country:
62 Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo-7.
Tel.: (8-10-941) 57-49-59, 57-35-55.
Fax: (8-10-941) 57-49-57, 68-68-64.
Contact in Sri Lanka
It is possible to make an international call from the hotel, but it is quite expensive, it is best to call from a telephone booth or from international pay phones that you can find in large cities. Payphone cards are sold at the post office, in stores and at gas stations.
To call Sri Lanka, dial 8 – 10 – 94 – area code – subscriber number. Colombo code – 1.
Emergency Phones in Sri Lanka
Fire department – 122,
police – 133,
ambulance – 144,
information – 11 811.
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
Sri Lanka celebrates Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim holidays. The total number of holidays in a year reaches 72.
January 1 – New Year
February 4 – Independence Day
May 1 – Labor Day
December 25 and 26 – Christmas
Religious holidays are widely celebrated. The most important holiday in Sri Lanka is the Buddhist Kandy Esala Perahera, which is celebrated in July-August for 10 days. These days, colorful processions are organized. On elephants covered with blankets, a sacred relic, the Tooth of Buddha, is transported through the entire city of Kandy. In addition, every full moon day, called Poya, is a Buddhist holiday. On these days, all places of entertainment are closed, and the sale of alcohol is prohibited.
When entering the temples, you must take off your shoes; you should also not come here in shorts and open T-shirts. Jewelry should be purchased in specialized stores. When ordering dishes in a restaurant, ask the waiter about the degree of its sharpness. Too spicy dishes should be eaten with bread or rice, but not washed down with water.
According to thembaprograms, shops are open on weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00, on Saturdays – from 9:30 to 13:00.
Tipping in Sri Lanka is usually not given, but a few rupees can be left for a waiter in a restaurant and a porter in a hotel.
Local residents treat tourists with respect, but in return they demand respect for religion.
Be sure to take out medical insurance before you travel. Tourists traveling to Sri Lanka are also advised to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, typhoid. When visiting reserves and parks and before going to the jungle, it is worth taking an antimalarial pill. You can drink water only from bottles.
History in Sri Lanka
In the 6th century AD Buddhist monks wrote the first lines in the chronicle “Mahavamsa”, a book about the history of Sri Lanka, which was conducted until 1815. The Veddas were the first to settle here. In 504 BC. the territory of the island, which was called Singala, was conquered by the Indian prince Vijaya, his descendants ruled until the end of the 3rd century BC. From these times, the flourishing of the Sinhalese civilization began and Buddhism came to the island. Dams were erected on the rivers, lands were irrigated with the help of reservoirs, large crops of rice were collected, which were sold to other countries, temples and monasteries were built. From the 11th century AD Indian Tamils began to raid the island, as a result, the aliens pushed the local people south and led the country to political instability. The Sinhalese civilization declined, and Buddhism was heavily influenced by Hinduism. From the 16th century, the Portuguese began to appear on the island, they built a fort in Colombo, and by the 17th century they controlled the entire island. From 1639 to 1796 the Dutch ruled the country and were very interested in the clove trade. At the end of the 18th century, this territory became a British colony. The British brought workers from southern India to the tea plantations. On February 4, 1948, Sri Lanka became an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations, it was then that the country began to be called Ceylon. In 1972 it was renamed Sri Lanka.