Sri Lanka has become a must-visit for adventurous travellers in recent years. In fact, it’s recently been named the best country in the world to visit by one of the leading names in the travel world.


Whether this accolade from Lonely Planet has inspired you or you’ve had this stunning destination on your bucket list for a while, there’s some admin that needs to be done before you set foot on the plane.


Here is a round-up of everything you need to know before you jet off.


You’ll Need a Visa


In order to get into the country, you need to get a visa. Short stay visas are available online and last for up to 30 days. Should you be travelling to work in Sri Lanka, you’ll need to contact the Sri Lankan High Commission beforehand. This applies for both paid and unpaid work.


It’s important to make sure you have one that covers your full stay as if not, your trip could be delayed. You’ll also be fined if you overstay your visa, so have a leaving date in mind.


A Note on Passports and Travel Documents


When travelling to Sri Lanka, you’re required to have a passport that’s valid for a minimum of six months from the date you enter the country. If you think your passport might need updating soon, check the date to ensure you’re covered for your journey.


In addition, if you have UK Emergency Travel Documents for whatever reason, you should be able to use them for entry and exit from the country. You can also use them for airside transit.


Get Your Jabs


Six weeks before you’re due to fly, visit a healthcare professional to see if you need any vaccinations. You need to avoid being bitten by mosquitos because all regions in Sri Lanka are prone to dengue fever, as well as ensure all your primary courses and booster injections are up to date. These boosters include flu jabs and MMR.


Other courses, boosters and vaccinations that are recommended include tetanus, hepatitis B, rabies, and typhoid. There are vaccines for those who are high risk for hepatitis A and Japanese encephalitis, and there’s a possibility that a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required.  


This is a Special Place


Once you have everything ready, you can truly enjoy Sri Lanka. The island country tucked away to the south of India has undergone a renaissance in the decade since the end of the 26-year civil war. Tourists have been descending to experience the laidback way of life here.


You’ll find beautiful beaches, intricate caves and plenty of animals roaming the streets. There are  over 5,000 wild elephants here, and you can see the largest group of leopards during your stay.


Are you travelling to Sri Lanka? What are you most looking forward to about your trip?