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Travel Health (Sri Lanka)

A health certificate is not required for entry into Sri Lanka.

Visit a doctor before travelling

We strongly recommend that you see a doctor for the latest health advice at least six weeks before your holiday to allow time for any necessary vaccinations etc. Remember to take your itinerary with you to the appointment. For travel health advice, please check
www.travelvax.com.au before departure and always seek your doctor’s advice.                


Toilet facilities in Sri Lanka are generally basic, with 'squat' toilets being common in public places and toilet paper often not provided. However, Western-style toilets can be found in most urban areas, tourist spots, and hotels. We recommend carrying toilet paper in your day backpack and taking advantage of the opportunity to use a 'nice' toilet when you see one. 

Drinking water

We recommend avoiding drinking tap water and exercising caution taking ice in drinks. There will usually be a kettle or flasks of boiled water in your hotel room. Boiled water is suitable for drinking and cleaning teeth. Safe, bottled drinking water is readily available for sale everywhere – from small shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. It is not customary for hotels to provide complimentary bottled drinking water. Always ensure that the seal is unbroken.

Travel advice

Before departure, we recommend that you check www.smartraveller.gov.au or www.safetravel.govt.nz for up-to-date governmental travel information and advice.

Personal medical kit

Take all pharmaceutical products that you may require on your tour; do not rely on being able to purchase these during your holiday. You will see pharmacies all over Sri Lanka but they stock local traditional medicine and many unregulated brands of western medicine. You are also unlikely to find anyone who can speak English, nor any products with English writing. Consider taking a personal medical kit containing any medication or medical equipment you may need during your time in India.

•  All prescribed medication (with a cover note from your doctor for prescribed medication and/or equipment you will carry)

•  Headache tablets

•  Anti-diarrhoea tablets

• Cold and flu tablets

• Travel sickness tablets

•  Lozenges

•  Insect repellent and sunscreen

•  Antibacterial hand wipes and/or hand wash

•  Small first-aid kit

If you need to purchase any pharmaceuticals or medical equipment while in Sri Lanka – you may ask your National Escort/Local Guide or hotel staff to help you locate a pharmacy, identify medication or to translate from the local language to English. If you need medical attention they will be able to arrange a call from a doctor, usually one who speaks English. However, the decision to purchase or take any non-prescribed (either western or traditional local medicine) is entirely your own.

Prescription Medication

When traveling to Sri Lanka, you are allowed to carry medicine for your personal use without prior approval from the NMRA (National Medicines Regulatory Authority). You can bring the quantity of any single medicine that is required for the duration of your stay or up to a maximum of ninety days, whichever is less.  When packing your medicine, it should be in its original container and appropriately labeled with the name, strength, and usage instructions. If the medicine is not in its original container, make sure it is properly labeled. We strongly recommend carrying a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating the details of the medication for personal use. 

The staff at Wendy Wu Tours (in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka) are not medically qualified. Therefore they are neither able, nor allowed to give any medical advice, recommendations or administer medications