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Sri Lanka Currency
Sri Lanka Currency and Bank information -
Sri Lanka Rupee (SLRe, singular; SLRs, plural) = 100 cents.

Notes are in denominations of SLRs1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of SLRs10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. There are also commemorative coins in circulation.

Currency exchange

Foreign currency is strongly advised to exchanged only at banks, authorized exchanges and hotels. These institutions must indorse exchanges on the visitor’s Exchange Control D form, which is issued on arrival and must generally be returned at time of departure.

Credit & debit cards

Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted throughout the country while Diners Club is not popular. Contact your credit or debit card providers for additional information of acceptability including other available services.

Traveller's cheques

The exchange rate for traveller's cheques is better than the exchange rate for cash. To avoid charges of exchange rate, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Exchange rate indicators

The following figures are a guide to the movements of the Sri Lanka Rupee against Sterling and the US Dollar:
Date Oct’07
Currency restrictions

The export and import of local currency is restricted to SLRs1,000. The import of notes from Pakistan and India is not permitted, otherwise the import of foreign currency is not restricted but amounts over US$5,000 are subject to declaration. The export of foreign currency is restricted to the amount declared on import.

Banking hours

Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
Useful travel links
American Express Cheques information on Amex traveller's cheques
Sri Lanka Money information on Sri Lanka’s money
Travellers Cheques Visa information on Visa traveller's cheques
VISA ATM Locator location of any ATM that accepts VISA cards
Universal Currency Converter online foreign exchange and currency