Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Sri Lanka. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


For the past 19 years there has been armed conflict between the Sri Lanka Government and a Tamil separatist group and travel is restricted in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Australians visiting Sri Lanka for long periods are advised to register with the Australian High Commission.


It is advisable to take precautions against malaria and cholera. A valid international certification of vaccination is also required if visitors are arriving from areas affected by cholera and yellow fever.

Drink bottled water and wash fresh fruit or vegetables thoroughly before consumption.