Moving to Sri Lanka

Country Guide: Sri Lanka

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport with Residence Visas
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Detailed inventory
  • Duty Free Certificate of Clearance signed by employer, if applicable
  • Bank Guarantee, if applicable

Specific Information

  • Documents should be received by the destination agent at least 3 days prior to shipment arrival. Full-container-load shipments take approximately 3-4 business days for Customs clearance provided all documents are received by the destination agent in advance of shipment.
  • On the detailed inventory, all electrical items and furniture should be individually priced and the total value should not exceed USD 1000.00 per shipper.
  • The shipper should be present for Customs clearance.
  • All applicable frees must be made prior to clearance of the cargo.
  • Goods should not exceed more than USD 1000.00 per shipper.
  • Only one electrical item of any kind is permitted.
  • It is important that the cargo arrives after the shipper has obtained the Residence Visa.
  • Refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and home theaters are not considered household goods.

Motor Vehicles

Note: Vehicles may be imported only under certain conditions. Contact the destination agent for specific information prior to import.

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Certificate of Title / Registration
  • Purchase Receipt
  • Appropriate application forms (contact the destination agent for correct form)

Specific Information

  • Vehicle must be right-hand drive.
  • There are many conditions under which a motor vehicle may be imported. It is essential that a shipper contact the destination agent to verify the correct applicable form and required vehicle criteria for import.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Import Permit

Specific Information

  • Authorization from the Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH) must be obtained prior to the import of a live animal.
  • Pets are subject to examination upon arrival.
  • Pets accompanied by their owners are easier to clear than pets traveling via cargo; if a pet travels by cargo, a tax identification number (TIN) may be necessary.
  • The Import Permit must be obtained at least 2 weeks prior to importation from the Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health and valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
  • Dogs and cats are subject to a quarantine period of 30 days in the owner’s residence, identified on the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement. The owner’s full address and telephone number must be identified on the form.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Satellites, remote control equipment, telephones and fax machines (special approval should be obtained prior to shipment arrival. An operation manual should accompany each item.

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic materials
  • Anti-religious materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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