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Moving to Colombo, Sri Lanka

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Colombo, Sri Lanka for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and affordable cost of living. The city is also known for its diverse cuisine, friendly locals, and excellent healthcare system. Before moving to Colombo, it is important to be aware of the tropical climate, the prevalence of traffic congestion, and the need to obtain a visa before entering the country. Additionally, expats should research the local customs and culture to ensure a smooth transition into their new home.

What do I need to know before moving to Colombo?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Colombo, they said:

"Before moving to Colombo, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is generally lower than in many other countries. Expats should also be aware of the local culture and customs, as well as the language, which is Sinhala. Additionally, expats should research the availability of healthcare and education services, as well as the job market. It is also important to be aware of the climate in Colombo, which is hot and humid throughout the year. Finally, expats should research the visa requirements for entering and staying in Sri Lanka," said one expat in Colombo.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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