Negombo, Sri Lanka
Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Summary: The approximate population of Negombo, Sri Lanka is around 300,000 people. People describe Negombo as a vibrant coastal city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the laid-back atmosphere, the friendly locals, and the abundance of seafood. The weather in Negombo is typically hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Negombo for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $400 to $600 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 per month.
Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Negombo?
"We have had no experiences with regard to the use of our health insurance as either the cost was too low to even bother with it or it was pre-existing and was not going to be covered so was out of pocket. Yes, we have Cigna Global Health Insurance as to be a foreign resident in Sri Lanka it is required to have health insurance coverage. It has been vague if the insurance will cover Nawaloka, Negombo Branch but their map showing most hospitals for us to go to are in Colombo (27 miles distance). I can't get an answer from Nawaloka Hospital, Negombo Branch either if they would accept Cigna here locally. I did pick Cigna Global as most of the other insurance outfits seemed kind of dicey and it was the best of the lot. ," said another in Negombo.
What are the schools in Negombo like?
"This is a very special school. The Principal is FANTASTIC. She runs a very tight ship but is also fair and ready to listen to parents and she really listens. The faclty is incredible they are ALL excellent teachers and my child feels completely safe and respected. My wife and I feel the same way. It is a remarkable place to learn," remarked another expat living in Negombo with children attending N.I.C.E. International School.
"Enroll them. The school is small the ratio of teacher to student is about 1 to 10.The admin staff is very supportive. There is an excellent French teacher and sevral expat teachers. The principal is an expat and she and her staff really try to help new parents and students adapt to this country," said another expat in Negombo with children at N.I.C.E. International School.
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