Building peace in the minds of men and women

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists 2017

Practical Information

Visa's and Customs

All foreign participants are requested to register online for prior visa approval. Upon receiving online confirmation you are eligible to land in Sri Lanka and will be provided with on-arrival visa stamp. In order to enter Sri Lanka, a valid passport with a minimum validity of at least six months from the intended date of exit and a valid onward or return ticket are required.

For the latest costs and online applications, please refer to the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization System.

Travel and Getting around

An organizing team from the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media will be at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to receive you. Mr. Jayatissa Gamage (+94 718760609) and Mr. Fawaz (+94 77 1909968) will be available at the airport to assist you. Please pass through immigration, the customs and proceed towards the main exit gate. If you cannot locate your paging name, please contact one of the staff at the airport or please proceed to the Taxi Counter just after the custom check on to your right hand side.

The cost of a taxi is not more than USD 50. You may have to pay the highway charges separate which is around USD 3.

Alternatively, bus 187 departs from outside the airport gates and reaches Colombo in little over one hour.

Getting around Colombo in taxi or tuk-tuk is easy and reasonably priced. Otherwise there are many bus routes around the city, which are not identified in a single online page.

Venue and Accommodation

The seminar commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists will be held at the Taj Samudra hotel.

Taj Samudra hotel, 25 Galle Face Centre Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2446622  | @ Website

Additional Information


Sinhala and Tamil are the official languages of Sri Lanka, with Sinhala more widely spoken especially in the Colombo district. English is commonly spoken in most cities, including Colombo.

The language used for the IDEI seminar will be English.

Climate and Clothing

The month of December marks the end of the rainy season in Colombo, with rather low chances of rain but high humidity. Temperatures range from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius. 


The currency of Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan rupee (LKR).


The standard voltage used in Sri Lanka is 230V, with a frequency of 50 Hz. Plug types D, G, and M are used. A plug adapter and a step-down transformer will be necessary when your appliances use a lower voltage and/or another type of plug.

Insurance and health

It is recommended that participants take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons as well as necessary travel insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses, and loss of personal belongings for the duration of their visit. Before visiting Sri Lanka, being vaccinated against hepatitis A, tetanus, poliomyelitis and typhoid is strongly recommended. Vaccines against hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis and rabies are also to be considered.

There is a risk of dengue fever infection in Sri Lanka, reaching a peak risk season from October to December. Measures to prevent mosquito bites are advised and include the following: wearing long-sleeved clothing, using mosquito repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net or with the air conditioning running.

Tap water is unsafe to drink in Sri Lanka, unless otherwise specified by your hotel.

Force Majeure

UNESCO and its partners are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.


UNESCO and its partners are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the participants or by any other individual(s) accompanying them, both during the conference as well as going to/from the conference. Participants and delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.