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Sri Lanka Health

Like any developing nation, Sri Lanka is a hotbed for tropical and waterborne diseases.Some can be quite unpleasant, but you won’t get anything here that you won’t get in a numerous African or South American nations

Terror in Sri Lanka – A Dark History

Sri Lanka is certainly a must-see destination. Blessed with intense natural beauty and a hotpot of local culture, this small island nation can be a traveller’s paradise – even if it’s a little on the wild side.I ca

Driving in Sri Lanka - If You Dare

Every developing nation has some pretty exciting traffic conditions – but Sri Lanka stands out.After driving through the busy streets of Kenya I thought I was brave…then I drove through Colombo.So for those intrepid

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British Airways resumes flights to Sri Lanka Great news shows confidence in SL safety #TTOT

over 3 years ago

Please don't feed the 'fat' monks in Sri Lanka #ttot

almost 4 years ago

Tourists sentenced for kissing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka #ttot

about 4 years ago

Dengue epidemic in Sri Lanka - Learn more about Dengue:

over 6 years ago

Recommended vaccinations for Sri Lanka

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

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I am traveling with a church group in July to Sri Lanka to help at an orphanage and to evangelize. how much danger is there?

Since the end of the civil war with the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka has become much, much quieter in terms of terror attacks and outright war. Things are certain... read more »
over 4 years ago

What should be our safety concerns when travelling to Sri Lanka with our three year old next year in May?

Aysha, there's nothing to be overly concerned about. It's been pretty peaceful since 2009. If you propose to visit the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinoch... read more »
over 4 years ago

Are there any places in Sri Lanka that are still unsafe to go to?

Sri Lanka is still subject to Emergency Regulations and there are extensive anti-terrorism powers. This means that there are still heightened levels of secur... read more »
almost 5 years ago

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