Are you travelling to Sri Lanka anytime soon? On this page we provide you with travel advice and information about possible health risks, the climate in Sri Lanka and places of interest. We recommend vaccinations, although these are only mandatory when you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which additional vaccinations you require, is dependent on the duration of your stay in this stunningly beautiful island nation.
Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of India. Sri Lanka has different tropical climates that are partly influenced by the mountains on the island. The mountainous area in southern central Sri Lanka is often exposed to lower temperatures – in winter these can drop below zero. In these mountains are many tea plantations on terraced land. In the northern and eastern parts of the country, lowlands and mountains alternate. Also alternating are the two monsoon seasons in Sri Lanka: Yala and Maha. Yala dominates in the southwest between May and July, and Maha dominates in the northeast in the months of November, December and January. February and March are therefore the best months to travel to Sri Lanka. Thanks to its natural beauty, its cultural heritage and the friendly locals, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for adventurous travellers. The west coast, which includes the seaside resorts Negombo, Kalutara and Induruwa as well as the capital Colombo, is the best-known area. However, the undiscovered eastern part, the Central Highlands and the ancient city of Kandy are well worth visiting too.
Regardless of your holiday itinerary for Sri Lanka, always be aware of diseases and protect yourself against mosquitoes. Malaria is prevalent in Sri Lanka. Our skilled KLM Health Services nurses are happy to tell you what vaccinations you require for Sri Lanka and provide advise on what else you can do to minimise health risks during your stay in the country formerly known as Ceylon. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.
Sri Lanka vaccinations: the most common risks
In Sri Lanka, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Sri Lanka and you will know at an instant which specific vaccinations you require.