Golden Rules Of Sensitive Travel
DO NOT LITTER. Take ALL Your Garbage Home
Keep a ‘shopping bag’ with you and put ALL your litter (including bio-degradable garbage) in it.At the end of the day, dispose of it in your guest house, or take it home.
DON’T leave YOUR garbage all along the road, where you had a picnic and bath.Leave it ONLY in your garbage bag, or in YOUR pocket.
Be Respectful, Be Civilized.
In a place of worship, in a forest, in a village, in an ancient place…behave with respect. A civilized person is sensitive to others in terms of noise, words, behaviour, and dress. Insensitivity is a sign of an uncivilized person.
Don’t smoke or consume liquor in PUBLIC SPACES.
If you cannot do without alcohol and smoking, do it privately in your guest house or room. NOT in public places. CONSUMING ALCOHOL AND SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES IS PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
Visitors to Sri Lanka bringing in more than US$ 10,000 should declare the amount to the Customs on arrival. All unspent rupees converted from foreign currencies can be re-converted to the original currency on departure as long as encasement receipts can be produced.
Specialized travel-medicine clinics are your best source of information; they stock all available vaccines and will be able to give specific recommendations for you and your trip. The doctors will take into account factors such as past vaccination history, the length of your trip, activities you may be undertaking and underlying medical conditions, such as pregnancy.
Most vaccines don’t give immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, so visit a doctor four to eight weeks before departure. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (aka the ‘yellow booklet’), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received.
The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever. Proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days before entering Sri Lanka.
It is considered disrespectful to pose with your back to a Buddha statue/ picture when taking photos. It is always advisable to ask permission when taking pictures in places of worship or of local people. Many historical and holy places levy a small charge for cameras and video cameras. Full details relating to Sri Lanka Customs can be found at www.customs.gov.lk
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