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What should be declared to Customs?
- Visitors - All the items that will remain in Sri Lanka and items restricted or prohibited
- Residents - All the items acquired abroad, purchases of Sri Lankan Duty Free shops and items restricted or prohibited
What are the restricted or prohibited items?
- Gold, Jewellery, Gems and other Precious Metals
- Liquor and Wines
- Cosmetics, Medicinal drugs and devices
- Telecommunication Equipment
- Foreign currencies more than US$ 15000 or equivalent. If you intend to take back US$ 5000 or more, please declare the entire amount
- Srilankan ruppees not more than 20000 only for Srilankan citizens.
- Animals, Plants (including specimens) and their parts
- Firearms, Ammunition, Air Guns and Explosives
- Any other items which require special permits or licenses
- Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances, Precursor Drugs, Phonographic and Pro-Religious Literature
What are the duty free allowances available?
- Visitors are normally allowed for an exemption of Customs duties on personal belongings such as clothing, cosmetics and gifts up to a value of US$ 250/- and 1 1/2 lit. of liquor and 2 bottles of wine
- Sri Lankan residents are entitled for an annual allowance according to the stay abroad as per the following table. Items allowed under these allowances normally include personal clothing, electrical/ electronic house hold equipment (Other than restricted and prohibited items) and 2 ½ lit. of liquor and 2 lit. of wine.
This information is provided as a guide and travellers should familiarize themselves with the laws and restrictions at the time of travel with relevant authorities for each country.