USD can be used in SL.
Only few places in Sri Lanka will accept USD in Sri Lanka and that at a lousy rate. Legally Sri Lankans are not allowed to possess foreign currencies without a permit.
Best is to change to LKR at banks or moneychangers.
HansEdited: 10 June 2012, 09:08
Most of the reputed places are accept $. but every ware its not possible. Specially for small payments if you pay using USD you will financial losses.
Always keep some amount of local currency in your hand. you can change money easily from any town.
Sharon Gunathilake GST
Most of the reputed places are accept $.
Where could that be? I have always been asked to pay in LKR - even when prices were quoted in USD.
Some larger hotels will accept US $, but not on good exchange rates, also beach boys for trips ect, but again not good exchange rates..
'Legally Sri Lankans are not allowed to possess foreign currencies without a permit.' Strange that several holiday companies I have been in touch with re tours & accommodation are quoting me in USDs & have asked for USDs Bank Drafts to be paid to them on confirmation of booking. I suppose it's a mixture so? All above advice very helpful: get local currency on landing in Colombo from ATM. Kandy is sure to have ATMs as well. Thanks for the help. J
The holiday companies and hotels often have money exchanger licenses or are linked to one. But for foreign drafts and payments there is quite a different reason. Due to the fluctuating rate of the rupee many local companies find it safer to fix their price in USD. But you pay them locally in rupees (if you want a good rate) or in rare cases USD. Also though the money might be in their bank accounts as USD or LKR, cash withdrawal in Lanka for them is absolutely solely LKR...
All the best,
<Erik> & [Sandya]
Thanks for the posts & link, serious. All advice is welcome & helpful. Cheers, J
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