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Safety and Security (Sri Lanka)

All travellers should maintain a high level of personal security. Although Sri Lanka is considered safe for travellers, please keep in mind that cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery, swinging handbags, etc. may attract unwanted attention. Keep your belongings with you at all times and beware of pickpockets in market areas and at train stations.

Make sure your valuables and cash are secure and inconspicuous. Do not leave any valuables unattended in your hotel room or on your coach. Lock away cash you do not need during the day/evening, credit cards, airline tickets, passports, jewellery, etc. either in your room’s safe or at reception; as not all hotels will have an in-room safe deposit box.

Wearing a money belt under your clothing is strongly recommended. We advise you not to bring valuable jewellery with you to Sri Lanka and keep a photocopy of your passport and debit/credit card(s).

We also recommend you take taxis rather than walk at night. Taxis are inexpensive, but you may have to haggle for the fee. Make sure the driver is clear on your destination – carry a hotel card so your taxi driver knows where to take you.

Emergency numbers

Fire and rescue: 110

Medical emergencies: 110

Police: 118 or 119

Natural Disasters

Sri Lanka is known for its severe weather patterns, including occasional tsunamis. The monsoon season in the country varies depending on the region. In the north-east, it typically occurs from December to March, while in the south-west, it lasts from May to October. During these periods, flooding and landslides are common occurrences.

If a natural disaster occurs:

  • Secure your passport in a safe location or carry it with you in a waterproof bag at all times
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • monitor the media and other sources
  • keep in touch with friends and family
  • consult with your National Escort/Local Guide about disruptions to your travel plans