• Officially ยป Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Capital ยป Colombo


  • Population ยป 21.2 million
  • Major languages ยป Sinhala, Tamil, English
  • Major religions ยป Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy ยป 72 years (men), 78 years (women)
  • Currency ยป Sri Lankan rupee


  • Area ยป 65,610 sq km (25,332 sq miles)
  • A tropical island off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean


  • Sri Lankaย gained independence in 1948, after nearly 150 years of British rule.


  • Drive ยซ Left side
  • There is currently no ferry service to Sri Lanka. (April 2019)

Safety & Security

  • Tensions are high within the country. On the morning of 21 April 2019 (Easter), at least 8 coordinated bombing attacks struck multiple hotels and churches in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa. More than 250 people were killed and 450 others wounded.

Government Advice