Ensure that you carry proper identification at all times.
Exercise a high degree of caution at all times, monitor local developments via local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Sri Lanka, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure from that country.
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers, and pay attention when drinks are being prepared and served. They should exercise caution when travelling alone.
Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect that you have been drugged. Pay very close attention to your credit card when it is being handled. Consult our publication entitled Her Own Way: A Woman’s Safe-Travel Guide for travel safety information specifically aimed at Canadian women.
Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements.
The following information has been obtained from the Sri Lankan authorities and is subject to change at any time.
Visas may be extended at Sri Lanka’s Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo.
Tourist visa: Required Business visa: Required Student visa: Required Work visa: Required You cannot convert a visa status once in Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan military continues to maintain a strong presence in the North and East, including the Jaffna Peninsula.Military roadblocks and checkpoints may be encountered when travelling in the region.Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.Canadians must also be in possession of a valid visa to visit Sri Lanka.Remain on heavily travelled roads and avoid walking in forested areas and abandoned properties as demining operations are on-going. The resettlement of internally displaced persons is also ongoing.