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International Forestry and Environemt Symposium 2007

on 30 November - 1 December 2007.

Travel Tips

Immigration Basics
* A valid passport
* Sufficient funds for maintenance
* A return air ticket or foreign exchange to purchase a return ticket

Visa on Arrival

Nationals of the following countries coming into Sri Lanka as bona-fide tourists do not require entry visas for a period of thirty days (visa on arrival).
01. Albania 21. Estonia 41. Luxembourg 61. Slovakia 02. Armenia 22. Finland 42. Macedonia 62. Slovenia 03. Australia 23. France 43. Maldives 63. South Africa 04. Austria 24. Georgia 44. Malaysia 64. South Korea 05. Azerbaijan 25. Germany 45. Moldova 65. Spain 06. Bahrain 26. Greece 46. Netherlands 66. Sweden 07. Bangladesh 27. Hong Kong 47. New Zealand 67. Switzerland 08. Belarus 28. Hungary 48. Nepal 68. Taiwan 09. Belgium 29. India 49. Norway 69. Tajikistan 10. Bhutan 30. Indonesia 50. Oman 70. Thailand 11. Bosnia Herzegovina 31. Iran 51. Pakistan 71. Turkey 12. Brunei 32. Ireland 52. Philippines 72. Turkmenistan 13. Bulgaria 33. Israel 53. Poland 73. U.A.E. 14. Canada 34. Italy 54. Portugal 74. U.K. 15. China 35. Japan 55. Romania 75. Ukraine 16. Croatia 36. Kazakhstan 56. Russian Federation 76. U.S.A. 17. Cyprus 37. Kyrgyzstan 57. Saudi Arabia 77. Uzbekistan 18. Czech, Republic 38. Kuwait 58. Serbia-Montenegro 78. Vietnam * 19. Denmark 39. Latvia 59. Seychelles 20. Doha Qatar 40. Lithuania 60. Singapore

Nationals of countries not listed above, require visas for entry to Sri Lanka.

Currency
Exchange Foreign currency rates of change are announced in the press daily. Money can be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers.

Sri Lankan Currency
The Sri Lankan rupee is used in the country. One rupee is made up of 100 cents. Banking hours Normal banking hours are between 0900 hrs and 1500 hrs from Monday to Friday. Banks are generally closed during the weekends and on public holidays. However, some private banks operate on some holidays.

Credit Cards
Reputed Credit Cards are widely accepted by tourist establishments and restaurants, including Visa, Master and Amex.

Shopping
The world's finest tea and spices are grown here. Precious stones, created batiks, hand carved silver trays, ornaments; gems and Jewellery are the islandís pride available at reasonable prices. Designer Label clothing are manufactured in Sri Lanka and are re-exported to USA and Europe. Shopping in Sri Lanka is value for money.

Time
5 1/2 hours ahead of GMT.

Water
It is recommended to drink filtered water, mineral water and aerated water, which are available at all sales outlets.

(Above travel tips are based on National Science Foundation conference web site)

SOC hope to arrange field excursions for particpants if there is a demand (charged spearatly, and not finalized yet).