Sri Lanka Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Nationals of Sri Lanka and Residents of Sri Lanka. Free import only by persons over 18 years of age:
- 2.5 liters of spirits; and
- 2 liters of wine; and
- 250 milliliters of eau de cologne.

Non-Residents: Free import only by persons over 18 years of age:
- 1.5 liters of spirits and 2 bottles of wine;
- 250 milliliters of eau de cologne and a small quantity of perfume;
- souvenirs not intended for commercial use, up to the value of USD 250.-;
- personal effects.

In case of members of a family traveling together, free import is in general only allowed for 2 members. Note: Certificate of registration issued by the Department of Excise is required for import and export of any raw material or finished products of cigarettes, cigars, beedi, or pipe tobacco. The items must be declared upon arrival.

Passengers are required to declare upon arrival valuable personal effects to ensure free export.

Prohibited:
- dangerous drugs or narcotic substances;
- pornographic or seditious materials;
- any material ridiculing any religious belief.

Restricted:
- fire arms, ammunitions, explosives and weapons;
- pharmaceuticals and medicines, except for personal use;
- goods for commercial or trade purposes, except trade samples;
- plants, fruits, birds and their products. Import permit must be obtained prior to travel.

Full details relating to Sri Lanka Customs can be found at www.customs.gov.lk .

Export regulations::

Export of goods for personal use only are allowed.

Prohibited:
- dangerous drugs or narcotic substances;
- pornographic or seditious materials;
- any material ridiculing any religious belief.

Restricted:
- fire arms, ammunitions, explosives and weapons;
- plants, fruits, birds and their products;
- antiques;
- pharmaceuticals and medicines, except for personal use;
- goods for commercial or trade purposes, except trade samples.

Pets::

Before bringing any live animal into Sri Lanka, prior authorization must be obtained from the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH). Information can be obtained from:
- Chief Animal Quarantine Officer, 41 Morgan Road, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka. Tel./fax: +94 11 2448683; or
- Animal Quarantine Officer, B.I.A., Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Tel./fax: +94 11 2253430; or
- www.gov.lk

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinarian good health and rabies certificate issued in country of origin and issued by the veterinary authorities. A stamp fee of LKR 5.- and a Customs fee of LKR 250.- for each dog must be paid on arrival.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Sri Lanka.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers, which is cleared at the airport of final destination in or outside of Sri Lanka if the onward flight is within 24 hours. Not applicable when traveling to Hambantota (HRI) via Colombo (CMB), in which case baggage must be cleared at CMB.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

allowed. Local currency (Sri Lanka Rupee-LKR) up to LKR 5,000.-. Foreign currencies: no restrictions, however amounts over USD 15,000.- (or equivalent) must be fully declared to customs, except for Indian and Pakistan currencies which are prohibited. Amounts over USD 5,000.- also have to be declared if intending to take it back.

Currency Export regulations:

allowed. Local currency (Sri Lanka Rupee-LKR) up to LKR 20,000.-. Foreign currencies up to the amounts imported and/or declared, except for Indian and Pakistan currencies which are prohibited.




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