Laws in Sri Lanka

The legal system in this land of serendipity is a blend of Dutch, Victorian, Colonial and English legislation that may feel like laws, but actually, are a combination of complicated customs and regulations.


  • Cannabis (marijuana) possession is illegal in Sri Lanka.
  • Ladies, make sure you aren’t topless when you are getting a tan in Sri Lanka; indecent exposure or nudity is a grave offence and will get you into trouble!
  • Many government institutions and some Buddhist temples do not let photographs to be taken in the premises.
  • Without a resident visa, foreigners cannot work on the island, even for a few weeks.