Travel health advice for Sri Lanka

Health issues can vary depending on place of stay, activities and the general health of the traveller. Therefore, we recommend you to seek advice from your General Practitioner prior to your trip. Also we encourage you to obtain travel insurance for medical emergencies.

Few important things to keep in mind –

  • Keep yourself hydrated. We advice you to use bottled water.
  • Protect your self from sunburns.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent.
  • Consider using suitable medication if you are prone to Motion Sickness, if traveling to the hill country.

The Sri Lankan government requires to present proof of yellow fever vaccination from travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever. Yellow fever is not prevalent in Sri Lanka.

Please refer the link below from the World Health Organization which details the list of countries that carry the risk of yellow fever. Tourists arriving from these countries are expected to present proof of yellow fever vaccination, at the airport.

The Sri Lankan government requires to present proof of yellow fever vaccination from travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever. Yellow fever is not prevalent in Sri Lanka.

Please refer the link below from the World Health Organization which details the list of countries that carry the risk of yellow fever. Tourists arriving from these countries are expected to present proof of yellow fever vaccination, at the airport.

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/yellowfev/impact1/en/

Apart from the yellow fever vaccination, Sri Lanka does not require any other vaccination.

 

The Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka requests the yellow fever vaccination to be taken 10 days prior to arrival, from travellers arriving from list of countries where the fever is prevalent.

If the travller is willing to receive treatment in Sri Lanka (provided it is available) it will be arranged or the traveler will be sent back.

Yes, there is a medical center at the Airport, and a doctor is available around the clock.

All emergencies will be treated only on a First Aid basis, basically the patient would get initial treatment before being sent to hospital. Unlike a Hospital the medical center is not fully equipped. Hence if the situation of a traveller is serious there are ambulances to direct the tourist immediately to the nearest hospital.

No, it is not possible to take vaccinations on arrival at the airport, since the medical center at the airport has only limited facilities.

If a medical emergency occurs, tourists can seek assistance at the nearest government hospital. There are no consultation fees at Government Hospitals, only the charge for medicine.
Prescribed drugs can be obtained from pharmacies if it is not available at the Government Hospital. Upon request the tourist can be sent to a private hospital.
In such an event, general consultation fees will be applicable. General consultation fees vary depending on the hospital and/or the doctor.

Yes, this can be done via E-Channeling.

http://echannelling.com/EChannel/index.jsp

Further there is a facility to organise appointments through ‘Dialog’, a Sri Lankan mobile operator, all you have to do is dial 225 and ask for assistance using a ‘Dialog’ mobile connection.