1:16 PM 1/22/2021
Visiting Sri Lanka?
Don't forget to bring one extra Smartphone and one or two power bank with you. Get a local SIM card at the Colombo Airport and insert it in to the phone, get connected and benefit from the Sri Lanka's cheap IDD and Data plan. Here in Sri Lanka you can get uninterrupted 3G and 4G network 24 hours a day all around the Island. At the airport you can select a local SIM card for around US$10 by providing your Passport's photocopy and signing a contract with any of the local carrier. SIM card will provide local calls SMS and Data Plan.
If you are visiting Sri Lanka as a Tourist or on other purpose contact the nearest Srilanka Consular office to verify the required health processing before you board a flight. Colombo International Airport is now opened for the visiting Tourists for their Holidays.
Here are some important points to consider.
There is no minimum number of days is required for your stay here as a Tourist.
Tourists are allowed to use all the sections in their Hotel.
Thetre is no restrictive quarantine required for the Tourists.
Foreign Visitors coming for Holidays can visit certain tourist sites using the safety of a bio-bubble.
All the arriving Tourists must stay in one of the certified ‘Safe and Secure’ Level 1 hotel for upto 14 days of their stay.
Holiday makers must pay for PCR Tests ( 40 USD per PCR test depending on the number of days of the stay) when applying for visa online and for Medical insurance (12 USD) with one month cover of 50,000 USD.
There is NO exceptions are provided for vaccinations taken; all safety protocols should be adhered to regardless.
People can have cheap calls and cheap data package that is offered in Sri Lanka. Incoming calls and text messages are free. Call your office, friends and relatives through this phone and tell them about your new phone number. This new Sri Lanka phone number will save you lot of money while you are on tour or doing your business here. Even if you don't have the call minutes or data, your phone will provide free incoming calls and free incoming text messages till the end of the contract period. Otherwise you may have to pay high priced roaming charges or have to depend on phone cards. You can get free Wi-Fi while you are inside of the Colombo Airport.
Visitors to Sri Lanka are not allowed to bring any landline phone, CDMA phone or satellite phone with them. If it is necessary for you to bring one of these phones with you, then you must get permission from the authorities at the Colombo airport. All phones operating with GSM 900 band can function here. Don't worry about the band as all the latest Smartphones have tri band facility and will change to a suitable one automatically. BlackBerry and iPhone can function here flawlessly. Srilanka networks may lack the support for the iPhone's App Siri.
When you switch on your device at Colombo airport, it will find a local carrier that has partnership with your home country carrier. If you accept any of this connection, you can make outgoing and incoming calls along with sending and receiving SMS text messages through the roaming facility. You can access your Data plan too through the Roaming facility. Your monthly bill be sent to your home address as usual with the Roaming Bill.
Provide your passport and register to get your own local SIM card as tourist pack at the Colombo airport from any of the local carrier. Call charges, SMS text messages, MMS and video calls will be charged at Sri Lanka rate. Sri Lanka provides cheap mobile phone service in this region. Mobile Data plan is too very cheap here. No drop calls, no signal problem and no data connection problems here. So far no foreigners had complained against this service. You can find many Wi-Fi hotspots that are free and paid ones all over the Island.
The tourist SIM is valid for one month only and you can extend it as much time as you want.
Always Re-load or Top up call minutes and Data plan separately. (Data plan Rs 49, Rs 99 or so with 9 at the end)
Payment for Sri Lanka Mobile Connection.
All kinds of SIM cards are available including the latest eSIM.
As a visitor, pre-paid mobile phone connection is good for you.
With this plan you can top-up your mobile device from any roadside recharge facility provider as low as Rs 20/-.Even if you don't have money in your account, you will receive free incoming calls till your account's expiry date. Local mobile phone carriers offer 2G, 3G and 4G LTE network connectivity. 4G LTE network is available in certain towns only. With 2G and 3G you won't have any dropped calls. In Sri Lanka you can make mobile calls anytime from anywhere.
The fastest 4G network is now available island wide and 5G is on trail. The 5G and 4G LTE networks are faster and cheaper in Sri Lanka. These networks provides faster downloads and faster upload speed in your device. If you have 3G or 4G LTE enabled mobile phone devices with rear and front cameras, you can make video calls from Sri Lanka and can receive them too. Before you buy a 4G SIM card check whether your phone is combatable for the 4G LTE SIM card.
Public holidays, Sundays and Poya days are the best time to make low priced calls to any part of the world from Sri Lanka through out the day and night.
International country code of Sri Lanka is +94 or 0094.