Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 7 February 2017, 14:33 NZDT
  • Still current at: 24 November 2017

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There are no significant security concerns in Sri Lanka, although travellers should exercise normal security precautions to prevent incidents of crime.

Political Situation/Civil Unrest
While significantly reduced since the end of the conflict in May 2009 between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), some additional security measures remain in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka. New Zealanders in Sri Lanka should follow any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities, and are advised to avoid any protests, demonstrations and political rallies, as there is potential for civil unrest at such events.

Landmines
While most demining operations since the civil war are completed, landmines may still be present in more remote areas of the northern and eastern provinces. If you are travelling to these areas it is advisable to remain on well-used roads and paths and look out for any signs warning of landmines.

Crime
Incidents of violent crime against foreigners, although infrequent, have been reported in Sri Lanka, including sexual offences, harrassment and theft. We advise New Zealanders to exercise security awareness and guard personal belongings carefully. Women travellers should take particular care and avoid travelling alone, especially at night.

There have been reports of drink spiking so care should be taken to ensure your drink is not left unattended. We recommend being cautious about accepting drinks from strangers or recent acquaintances.

Credit card fraud is a common occurrence, including credit card skimming. New Zealanders are advised to use cash wherever possible and take extra care when paying with credit cards or withdrawing money from ATMs. We advise covering PIN numbers when entering them, keeping cards safe and carefully checking credit card statements to ensure no fraudulent charges are present.

General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to carry photo identification, or a photocopy of their passport, with them at all times and produce this if asked by authorities.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Sri Lanka should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Sri Lanka are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand High Commission New Delhi, India is accredited to Sri Lanka

Street Address Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India Telephone +91 11 4688 3170 Fax +91 11 4688 3165 Email nzhcindia@mfat.net Web Site http://www.nzembassy.com/india Hours Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Colombo, Sri Lanka

Street Address 329 Park Road, Colombo 5 Postal Address +94 11 2501139 Mobile +94 7777 55551 Email senakaws@sltnek.lk

See our regional advice for South Asia

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission India

Street Address
Sir Edmund Hillary Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, India

Telephone: +91 11 4688 3170

Fax: +91 11 4688 3165

Email: nzhcindia@mfat.net

Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/india

Hours: Mon - Fri 0830 - 1700 hrs

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