Sri Lanka Tourist SIM cards are available at the Colombo airport for those people who are coming here for touring purpose. Tourists coming to Sri Lanka are advised to buy their own local SIM cards to get cheap calls and mobile data plan. Their prices are same as before in this year 2022. These SIM cards offer cheap International and local calls along with cheaper mobile data plan. Using foreign country SIM cards will charge for the calls and the data through roaming mode and it will be a costly one. Having Sri Lanka SIM card will save you lot of money from high roaming charges during your stay here.
Important: Tourists must bring one unlocked Smartphone to use the Sri Lanka Tourist SIM card or eSim.
Smartphones that are locked with your country carriers will not accept this new Sri Lanka SIM card.
Kinds of SIM cards available in Sri Lanka are
Bring your Dongle or 4G router, it can help you to connect to the internet with Srilanka wireless internet data plan. All sizes of SIM cards for cell phone can be purchased as tourist pack for US$10 at the arrival lounge, Colombo and Mattala airports. Buyers must provide their passport photo copy and need to sign a contract with the local carrier.
Sri Lanka Tourist SIM cards at Colombo Airport.
Dialog, Mobitel, Airtel.lk, and Hutch offer tourist SIM packages at their booths in the arrival lounge of the Colombo airport, Sri Lanka. Price of Sri Lanka Sim Card Airport area is available from US$ 7 – 10.
Dialog offers call minutes, Data Plan and SMS facility for 30 days with Rs 345/- reload.
Airtel.lk provides these three for 30 days, for Rs 399/- Reload.
Mobitel lk offers these three for for 30 days, for Rs 295/- Reload.
Protect Your SIM Card.
According to Sri Lanka Government’s rule, the SIM card is your personal property. Don’t provide your SIM to another person to communicate. Any unauthorized activities through your SIM will be charged against yourself.
It is illegal to provide a SIM card registered under your name to another person according to Sri Lanka law.
Before depart from here, destroy the SIM card, return it to the carrier office or take it with you.
If your SIM card is lost, make a complaint to the nearest police station and to your carrier too.
Sri Lanka Tourist SIM card Reload.
Reload, top up or re-charge the SIM card, through vendors found in phone shops at every corner of the streets.
Also there are vendor machines and reload cards are available from these phone shops and the carrier branches.
Top up With Vendor machines.
With your Sri Lanka Tourist SIM card go to nearest communication center (phone shop) and use the reload machine enter your phone number followed by the amount you want to recharge. Mobile account will be reloaded with the cash within seconds, once the seller receives your money. They will give you a small receipt with the reload (top up) details.
Automated Machine Reload.
This machine will not give back any balance money to the user.
Select the carrier, enter the mobile phone number, enter the amount you want to reload and insert the money in the slot. That’s it, your phone number will be with that amount and you will be notified through a SMS text message.
Scratch Card Reload.
You can find Wi-Fi reloads and data reloads too other than the call minutes reload.
Buy a phone reload card scratch the paint coated read the code and follow the instructions.
Dialog -Manual reload dial 123 after the peep enter the PIN (12 digits)
Check Dialog balance dial #456#
Owner Identity #132#
Sri Lanka Mobile Phone Data Plan.
Once you had bought the SIM card and activated it, you can use the Smartphone to connect internet through your data plan. Don’t use your call money to data plan as it will be expensive operation. Obtain cheap data plan by reloading Rs 49/-, 99/-, 199/- or 299/- to your mobile. This is the cheaper way to have internet through your phone. Sri Lanka offers 2G, 3G, 4G, 4.5G and 5G (on trial) connectivity for Data Plan. You can select any of them, if you have supportive device.
Mobile Data Plan (internet).
If you had brought dongle for your laptop, then buy a new Sri Lanka Tourist SIM card and top up it only for mobile data plan. You can connect to the internet through the 4G connectivity which is available in most part of the Island. Also Sri Lanka provides 3G or 2G connectivity, if there is no 4G LTE connection is available for the Sri Lanka Tourist SIM card.
Sri Lanka offers cheap calls and cheap Data plan in Southeast Asia for the tourists who are in holidays here. The prices are same as for their citizen.
Late night calls and data usage are really cheap in Sri Lanka with this Sri Lanka tourist SIM cards . You can use your messengers and Apps to make free calls through Wi-Fi connectivity or using your data plan. If caller and the receiver have latest Smartphones, they can make video calls through 4G LTE or using their call plans.
Tourists can buy phone cards from the local carriers and at the road side vendors at standard price. Use local phone cards through mobile and public phones following the given instructions.
You can use IDD phone cards too through your Smartphones for quick and cheap international calls