It is highly recommended that you complete your ETA prior to travel, partially to avoid the queues but also as a safeguard. Show your filled-out form (plus photo glued on) at the desk closest to the door and you'll be given a number token. Interviews commence at in the booths marked with numbers and letters.If a referral notice is given if you complete your ETA on arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be deported. You can download the visa-extension form from the website you got your ETA or get one on arrival. Someone comes out periodically and calls the next token numbers to be processed. Return to your seat (if you're lucky) and wait for your number to display on the screen above the counter nearby. Take these to the payment counter opposite, pay fee hand over documents and get fee receipt.
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In the beach and tourist areas you will have no problem with English.
Most people in rural villages, however, cannot speak any English, beyond a few simple words.
One of the most famous is the Ramayana, in which the island, which was referred to as Lanka, was the island fortress of the king Ravana.
And over many centuries Sri Lanka has had many names. Other notable but relatively more recent kingdoms are Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa, Gampola, Kandy and Jaffna Kingdoms.
Since Sri Lanka is a tropical country, you can expect the rain anytime of the year in different parts of the country.
However, the two major rainy seasons are North-East monsoon (October to January) predominantly affecting the east coast and South-West monsoon (May to July) which predominantly affects the west & south coast of sri lanka.
See also: Sacred sites of the Indian sub-continent Visitors to Sri Lanka having tattoo of Buddha or other tattoos of religious significance may be arrested and deported: if you want to visit despite the warning it is advised to cover up religious tattoos at all times . Smoking in public places is prohibited (including inside buses and trains). Photographing with your back to statues of the Buddha or posing in an inappropriate manner next to them are prohibited. Nationals of the Maldives, Seychelles and Singapore may obtain a free visa on arrival.
Maldivian and Singaporean nationals may enter for 30 days (extendable up to 150), whilst Seychellois nationals may enter for 60 days (but no more than 90 days per calendar year).
The short visit visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance.