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first trip to sri lanka

by sophiag Online Now Feb 28, 2010 at 8:15 AM

hi going to kani lanka in march.can you please help,have been told that we can only take in 5000 currency in with us and have just read that you cannot take cigarettes in.would be most grateful for replies ta

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    Re: first trip to sri lanka

    by leics Online Now Feb 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    iatatravelcentre.com/LK-Sri-...

    lists what you can and cannot take into Sri Lanka.

    Here's the Sri Lankan customs site as well:

    customs.gov.lk/baggage.htm#o...

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    Re: first trip to sri lanka

    by erikdr Online Now Feb 28, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Yes, and some background:

    It's a LOT better not to buy SL rupees abroad but simply take sterling or dollar or euro or whatever you use at home and convert in Lanka. At the airport there are 6+ bank desks, all open 24h, offering quick exchange.

    Cigs indeed not allowed except an open packet for own use. Can buy most brands locally, though.

    Regards,

    & [Sandya]

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    Re: first trip to sri lanka

    by HansDK Online Now Feb 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Cigarettes are easily available in Sri Lanka (John Players Gold Leaf, Dunhill (filter, lights, ultra lights), Pall Mall (filter, lights, menthol), Benson & Hedges). A 20 pack costs LKR 360-380.

    Don't buy from beach boys - usually very bad quality (fakes) and not much saved.

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  • Re: first trip to sri lanka

    by sophiag Online Now Mar 1, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    thank you all so much for your info most helpful will check out website.will let you all know of my holiday
    thanks sophia

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