If you’re an expat in search of a new home, Sri Lanka is a great choice to consider. This island nation was once a well-known place for Buddhists but over the years, Europeans began settling in the country. Known as ‘the Pearl of Indian Ocean’ Sri Lanka is located near India and the Maldives and is popular for its coffee and tea as well as cinnamon and coconuts.

While the country’s export products may not be high on your list of things to know about Sri Lanka, you may like to know some of the things to do for fun, the best places to live and even how you will be able to move your life to the country. It won’t take long for you to see just how fast you can feel at home and enjoy your new lifestyle when you make a move to this vibrant country.

Things to Do for Fun

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country but there is much more to this island paradise than its nature scenes. In Sri Lanka, you can lounge on a sunny beach and relax but you can also experience raw adventure by taking a safari trip to see elephants and other animals or even take a rugged white water rafting trip or hope on a train and see the spice gardens and other hidden treasures around the country.

Adrenaline junkies can always find plenty of things to do on the water or in the jungle. From surfing or kayaking to mountain biking or rock climbing, Sri Lanka is filled with adventure everywhere you turn.

If you enjoy a more docile lifestyle, you will find the culture of Sri Lanka is diverse and there are many areas for quiet fun and entertainment. If you like to shop, you will find many small boutiques as well as sidewalk cafés and restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine or relax with friends over a cup of coffee and a meaningful conversation.

Is it Hard to Move to Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has long been a tourist destination, but in recent years the country has picked up as a location for expats. It can be a little difficult to find a year-round home rental, but when you work with a licensed, professional real estate agent, your search for a home can be simplified. You will find that it is easy to rent a beautiful villa or find a room in a cozy house and all for affordable rates for expats.

Making a move to a new country can be a daunting task, but when you take time to carefully plan everything, you will find that it is not as difficult as you thought it was. Through some simple steps, you can ensure that you’re provided with information that will make your move to Sri Lanka simple and efficient.

Visa’s for Sri Lanka

Depending on your reason for moving to Sri Lanka, you will need to obtain the appropriate visa for the job. There are a few different visas that you can make use of.

  • Tourist Visit Visa
  • Business Purpose Visa
  • Residence Visa

A residence visa has different categories that you could fall under. They include students living in the area, those that are married to current residents, investors and employees.

Moving Your Items with You

Your items can be moved with you when going to Sri Lanka. It is important that you speak with an overseas mover that can help with moving your items. It is also important to note that there are prohibited items that cannot be brought into the country.

Many food items, as well as certain electronics may be limited or prohibited from entering the country all together. For a complete list of approved and prohibited items, you can check with Sri Lanka Customs.

Don’t Leave Behind Your Vehicle

When it comes to vehicles in the area, you can bring yours with you although there are a few restrictions. You must have a resident visa in Sri Lanka allowing you to be in the country no less than six months. Your vehicle must be within three and a half years from the manufacture date and only the owner may import the vehicle. Specific documents will be required, as well as declarations of the vehicle.

  • Passport
  • Original Title and Registration
  • Purchase Invoice
  • Visa
  • Documents that show the length of time you will be in Sri Lanka

When the time comes to make the move, you will find that Sri Lanka is more than just a tropical paradise. It is a wonderful place to live and one that you will quickly feel at home and happy living in.

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