Travel guide
Sri Lanka

A drop from India.

This island off the coast of southern India has everything to seduce you: mountains and rocky reliefs, sandy beaches, humid jungle criss-crossed by elephants.

Terraced rice paddies, spice gardens and tea fields form a cameo of green and a mosaic that awakens the senses.

Time difference



Srilankan rupee


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Sinhala and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka, and English is spoken throughout the island.

  • Good morning / Good evening = Ayubowan / Suba rathiyak way va
  • How are you? = Kohomada sahpa sah neepa?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Sanee-penn innava, istouti
  • Do you speak French/English? = Obata ingreesee kata karanna puluvan da?
  • I understand / I don’t understand = Ma?a taeraenava? / Mata thayrennay nehe
  • Sorry = Sama?va
  • Goodbye = Ayubowan
  • Welcome = Pai?aigaæna?mae
  • Thank you very much = Bohoma istouti
  • Excuse me/Please = Ma?a sama?vaenana / karau?a?kara
  • I am French = Mama para??a ja?taikayaeka
  • My name is… = Magae nama
  • No thanks = Nehé istouti
  • Yes/No = Ovou / Néhé
  • You’re welcome = Oya?va sa?darayaena pai?aigananava?

Key figures

Sri Lanka is 03h30 ahead of French time:

When it’s 3.30pm in Paris, it’s 7pm in Colombo.

Good to know

Indian plug – Type G and D


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (in children)
  • Anti-tuberculosis

Vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, Japanese encephalitis and rabies may be recommended, depending on where you travel. Consult your GP or an International Vaccination Center for more information.


Travelers wishing to visit for less than 90 days are only authorized to enter the country on presentation of an authorization (Electronic Travel Authorization – ETA), which is subject to a fee. For stays of less than 30 days, requests can be made online., the official website with a French version, which should be used to the exclusion of all others). It is possible to apply for an ETA on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport.

For stays of 30 to 90 days, it can only be requested from the Sri Lankan embassy or consulate in the country of residence, prior to departure.

ETA authorization is not a right of entry : on arrival in Sri Lanka, visitors must carry a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry, a return ticket and proof of means for the duration of their stay.