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Travel Tips for Sri Lanka, India and Maldives.

PASSPORT/VISA REQUIREMENTS

Passport for Sri Lanka, India and Maldives

A valid passport with at least six months validity beyond your stay is required for Sri Lanka, India and Maldives.

Visa for Sri Lanka

Visa is required on arrival and can be obtained online by visiting www.eta.org.lk at least 15 days before arrival in Sri Lanka. Conditions and fee apply.

Visa for India

Visa is required on arrival and can be obtained online by visiting www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html at least 4 days before arrival in India. Conditions and fee apply.

Visa for Maldives

A visa is not required for stays of up to 30 days.
For more information and travel advice please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website for more details: www.smarttravellers.gov.au.

 

CURRENCY

Sri Lanka

The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). You can exchange Australian dollars for LKR at the airport and commercial banks in major centres.

There are ATMs in major towns and cities but some ATMs do not accept international cards. Most major banks will allow Visa and MasterCard cash withdrawals. Credit cards are accepted in hotels and major shops. Contact your bank to make sure that your cards will work. Check your statements as credit card fraud occurs.

India

In November 2016, Indian authorities withdrew all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes from circulation. New 2,000, 500 and 200 rupee notes have been issued and are in circulation.

Commercial banks and the Reserve Bank of India no longer exchange the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes for new currency. It is illegal to hold more than 10 of the old 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes.

ATMs that accept international debit and credit cards are widely available in larger cities and towns but are harder to find in rural areas. Cash shortages at ATMs can be a problem in rural areas.

Some travellers have reported difficulties in exchanging Australian $100 notes for local currency in India. The Australian High Commission has issued a statement clarifying that the Australian Government has no plans to withdraw the A$100 note from circulation.

Travellers cheques are not widely accepted.

Counterfeit currency is in circulation. Take care when receiving change or dealing in cash.

Maldives

The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). You can exchange money at resorts. You can also exchange money and use ATMs at banks in Malé and many larger islands.

In other locations these facilities are very limited, so plan ahead and bring sufficient cash.

Most hotels and major tourist facilities accept a range of credit cards.

DEPARTURE TAXES

Departure taxes ex Australia are prepaid before departure and are shown on your ticket. India and Maldives departure taxes are usually included in your ticket. At the time of publishing the international departure taxes are as follows:
Sri Lanka - US$30 per person
India - included in air ticket,
Maldives - US$12.00 usually included when you purchase your airline ticket.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that travellers protect themselves with adequate travel insurance. Ask your travel agent for details.

HEALTH

Make sure to consult your doctor for medical advice well in advance of your departure date. Discuss your itinerary so your doctor can advise you on any inoculations that are recommended. Also make sure to bring sunscreen protection and to only drink bottled water.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's position close to the Equator means that temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year. The best time to travel across the whole county is between January to April or July to September and February to September for the North and East.
Monsoon season - although the county is small, is affected by two separate monsoons, this means that you will get good weather somewhere on the island most time of year.
May-June (Southwest monsoon) and October to January (Northeast monsoon).

India

India offer 4 seasons in a year and the best time to visit India is from September to April, when temperature is cooler, making it more enjoyable to travel around.
May and June is peak summer. The monsoon season is between July and August.

Maldives

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate all year round, with average temperatures of 23C-31C. The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April. The high season falls between December and March. The monsoon runs from May to October, peaking around June.

LANGUAGE

Sri Lanka

Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English
Tamil and Sinhala are Sri Lanka's two official languages, and English is known as the link language. Although the public has the right to deal with government institutions in any of the three languages, it is generally English that is preferred in governmental policies and practices.

India

Official languages: Hindi, English
While Hindi is the official language of the central government in India, with English as a provisional official sub-language, individual state legislatures can adopt any regional language as the official language of that state. In effect, there are ''Official Languages'' at the state and central levels but there is no one ''national language.''

Maldives

Official language: Dhivehi, English
Maldivian Dhivehi, a close relative of Sinhala (spoken in Sri Lanka) but with borrowings from Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and many other languages. English is the language of instruction in schools, which means that you will be able to communicate with the locals with varying degrees of difficulty.

ELECTRICITY

In Sri Lanka the power sockets are of type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 Volt and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Sri Lanka but you will need a adaptor plug.

In India the power sockets are of type C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in India but you will need a adaptor plug.

In Maldives the power sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Maldives but you will need a adaptor plug.

Please refer to What Plug for more details on plugs and adaptors.

HOTEL GRADING

Sri Lanka Tours has classified the accommodation contained herein with our own star rating system. These ratings have been classified according to our own inspections, as well as local rating systems, and are provided solely for the guidance of our customers. The ratings apply to the overall standard of the property, and do not take into account the differences between individual room types.

STANDARD - Comfortable rooms with a reasonable variety of facilities and services.

SUPERIOR - Well-appointed rooms and public areas, with a wide range of facilities and excellent service standards.

DELUXE - The highest international standards of accommodation, service and facilities. Generally considered one of the best properties available.

If a property has that ''something special'' it is assigned an extra half star in its category.Generally, India's hotels are of a very high standard.

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