If you are traveling to Sri Lanka either on business or leisure, you are bound to want to stay connected with your loved ones back home. There are plenty of feasible and affordable communications options available in the country as discussed at length below.
Phone cards can be purchased at shops, public payphones and post offices in and around Sri Lanka. While the landline is regularly used by locals and tourists alike, mobile phones are more common and easier to carry around. Visitors can purchase a local SIM card from a range of telecommunication networks including Dialog, Mobitel, Etisalat or Airtel. These SIM cards can be directly purchased from the issuer; else, it can be bought from authorized representatives, agents or local vendors. Many international mobile phone companies offer roaming facilities. Both the south and west have excellent mobile coverage while the coverage in the north and east is of average.
The Post Office is open from Monday to Friday between 8.30AM and 5.00PM and on Saturday from 8.30AM to 1.00PM. Tourists can send overseas mail which takes from 10 to 14 days.
Types of Telecommunication Providers
Dialog GSM offers the lowest and most affordable rates to stay connected with your loved ones around the clock. Keep in touch with friends and family while touring Sri Lanka with the #1 telecommunications service provider in the country. Dialog offers innovative communications services and caters to a vast majority ensuring secure, dependable and efficient connectivity for travelers on the move. Additionally, for business travelers, there is high-speed mobile broadband with 2,500 hotspots in Sri Lanka and Wi-Fi to enhance your connectivity needs further than ever before.
The Mobitel Tourist Pack is priced at Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,200 inclusive of all local taxes. It is a pre-paid tourist SIM which offers pre-loaded benefits including, free international calls to fixed lines or mobiles in your country, free international text messaging, free data and free minutes of fixed line or local mobile calls to any operator within 30 days of purchase. This tourist pack can be purchased directly from the International Airport in Katunayake, Mobitel outlets, and authorized partners. You can also top up the tourist package anytime.
The Etisalat Tourist Pack is valid for 30 days and can be purchased at Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,300. The pack can be reactivated or topped up at any time. It can be purchased at the Etisalat Store in the airport or any flagship store in the country.
Airtel tourist roaming in Sri Lanka offers individual traveler’s SIM with preloaded talk time of Rs. 15 and the lowest IDD rates available. To obtain an Airtel Tourist Pack, fill in the form at the Airtel counter at the airport and hand it over along with a copy of your passport. After that, it is happy and fuzzy calling for you!