Moving to Sri Lanka: Things you should know before you immigrate to Sri Lanka

Before moving to Sri Lanka from UK, USA or anywhere else, you should consider how you will find you will move your belongings to your new island home. When calculating your cost of moving to Sri Lanka, Eurosender’s easy to use booking platform will match you with the right service for any international removals to Sri Lanka and the cheapest way to move furniture to Sri Lanka. You can calculate the cost of moving house to Sri Lanka right now for free on our booking tool.

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THE BASICS

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Known as the largest exporters of tea and for its picturesque beaches and tropical climate, relocating to Sri Lanka sounds like a dream to many foreigners looking to move to an island paradise. Moving to Sri Lanka from the USA, UK or Australia, you will experience a completely different lifestyle to your own, so here are some basic facts you should know before you immigrate to Sri Lanka.
Capital
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Timezone
UTC +5:30
Currency
Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Population
20.000.000
Official Language
Sinhala and Tamil
Dialling code
+94
Emergency number
119
Driving
On the left side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations for Sri Lanka

For those wishing to immigrate to Sri Lanka from UK, India or anywhere else, there are 4 different types of visas:

  • Employment visa: for those who have secured a job in Sri Lanka with a public or private company, you must provide a signed contract to obtain a residency permit.
  • Investor visa: for those immigrating to Sri Lanka to invest in their local economy or conduct business
  • Student visa: for moving to Sri Lanka to study, you must obtain a student visa first.
  • Family unification visa: for those immigrating to Sri Lanka to join family members and close relatives.

To visit for less than 30 days without working in Sri Lanka, foreigners must apply for a tourist visa. For detailed visa regulations for Sri Lanka, please see the Sri Lankan immigration website.

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Property in Sri Lanka

Many expats moving to Sri Lanka choose to rent apartments in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo, as the costs of renting an apartment in Sri Lanka are quite reasonable.

  • Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte: For a single person moving to Sri Lanka, a one-bedroom apartment will cost around 40.000.00 LKR per month (€200). If you are thinking of immigrating to Sri Lanka with your family, a 3 bedroom-apartment in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte will cost approximately 130.000.00 LKR per month (€650).
  • Colombo: For a single bedroom apartment in the centre of the city, expect to pay between 40.000.00 LKR – 150.000.00 LKR (€200 – €750) per month. For a family immigrating to Sri Lanka, a 3 bedroom apartment in the centre of Colombo will cost between 75.000.00 – 300.000.00 LKR per month (€370 – €1.400).

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LIVING IN SRI LANKA

The cost of living in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, so prices tend to go up and down depending on the season. If you are moving to Sri Lanka from the USA, UK or Australia, you will certainly notice the cost of living in Sri Lanka is reasonable. For a daily meal, you can expect to pay as little as €2.

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The job market in Sri Lanka

Expats looking to enter the job market in Sri Lanka can find opportunities in IT, marketing and finance, as well as the tourism industry, investing in small business and of course their world-renowned agriculture and textiles industries.


Schools and education in Sri Lanka

Expats immigrating to Sri Lanka with children tend to prefer to send them to private schools, and there are many international schools in Sri Lanka to choose from, especially in Colombo and the capital. The school system in Sri Lanka includes:

Elementary school
Age: 6-11
Compulsory: Yes
Junior secondary school
Age: 12-14
Compulsory: Yes
Senior secondary school
Age: 15-16
Compulsory: No

Healthcare in Sri Lanka

Healthcare in Sri Lanka is universal, giving access to both traditional Sinhalese and modern medicine for all citizens and legal residents. Expats living in Sri Lanka also choose to take out private healthcare for their length of stay, to access extra services provided by the many western-style hospitals and private healthcare in Sri Lanka.


Driving in Sri Lanka

Driving in Sri Lanka, you will notice the traffic conditions in major cities can be chaotic. However, you can expect good quality roads due to the tolls throughout the country. Driving in Sri Lanka is on the left, and when you immigrate to Sri Lanka you will need to have an approved International driving permit or a temporary permit from Sri Lanka’s Department of Motor Traffic.

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What else to expect when living in Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lankan cuisine is known to be very spicy, so if you love hot food, you will love living in Sri Lanka.
  • Moving to Sri Lanka, you should be careful of local trickery and scams against foreigners, as they tend to prey on rich tourists and expats.
  • The cost of living in Sri Lanka is very low, so if you are moving to Sri Lanka from the USA, UK or Australia, you will no doubt live quite comfortably.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Moving to Sri Lanka from the USA

Relocating from the USA to Sri Lanka, you will no doubt notice a lower cost of living, but did you know you can also save on the cost of moving to Sri Lanka? Eurosender’s booking engine for shipping from the USA to Sri Lanka will provide you with the best service for international removals to Sri Lanka. You can get an instant quote for express or standard shipping to Sri Lanka, and save on the average costs of moving house, whether you’re moving a few boxes or a whole house.

Moving to Sri Lanka from the UK

With a shared love of tea, many expats are choosing to immigrate to Sri Lanka from the UK for business and to enjoy a different lifestyle. Eurosender is trusted by so many expats living in Sri Lanka to provide low-cost international removals to Sri Lanka, to help take the stress out of moving and save on their cost of moving. You can estimate a price right now, and start to plan your costs of moving to Sri Lanka.

Moving to Sri Lanka from India

More and more expats from India who are looking for the cheapest way to move furniture to Sri Lanka from India, trust Eurosender to provide the best service. With fast and reliable international removals to Sri Lanka, you can be sure your belongings will arrive in one piece, at the best price available and in the shortest time possible. We provide a free, instant quote so you can start to calculate your average moving costs to Sri Lanka, and offer express delivery for parcels up to 70kg.


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