Foreigner Driving In Sri Lanka.



Tourists who are visiting to Sri Lanka can drive car, motorcycle and Tuk Tuk by getting their temporary driving license permit of Sri Lanka. To obtain this permit they have to provide their valid IDP or valid own country driving license. This process can be done within hours. The person must pay small amount of fee for the service to the relevant Department.

It is against the law to drive a vehicle without:
1)Driving license,
2) Third party Insurance Coverage.
3) Last Green test paper.
It is also against the law to drive under the influence of hard drinks.

Contact your travel agent or tour operator to get your driving permit. This is the easy way, as you don't know the places and the required form and formalities. If necessary they will assist you to go for a practical test with the department. Also they can make arrangements to hire local motorcycles and Tuk Tuk on daily or weekly rental basis.

As per the motor traffic department of Sri Lanka,

"Conversion of Foreign License

  • Only light vehicle license can be obtained under this system.
  • The foreign driving license which is valid for the conversion date (Provisional driving licenses or learner permits are not accepted)
  • If the applicant is a foreign national, the applicant having valid visa for more than 06 months period are eligible for applying a Sri Lankan driving license while other having a valid visa for less than six months will only be issued with a temporary driving license.
  • If the Driving license and the passport are not in English, the English translations of those two documents, done by the relevant Embassy/Mission.
  • Medical fitness certificate obtained from the National Transport Medical Institute, within a period of six months.
  • The letter of acknowledgment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the event of a person in the foreign Diplomatic service.
  • The passport with the National Identity Card Number on it, in the event of a Sri Lankan or a holder of dual citizenship.
  • Issuance of a temporary driving license for a period of one month, on a foreign driving license (for a foreign national) - LKR 1000.00

Call Department of Motor Traffic.
011-2694331/2694332/2694333
On working days in office hours."

Related Fees. - motortraffic.gov.lk

A Note to you

Public holidays, Sundays and Poya days are the best time to make low priced calls to any part of the world from Sri Lanka through out the day and night.

International country code of Sri Lanka is +94 or 0094.