Best care. Anywhere.

12px-flag_GB_klein 12px-flag_DE_klein
Recommended by the Diplomatic Council
More than 70000 Hospitals worldwide

Medical Tourism - Destination - Sri Lanka

General Informations


Sri Lanka
Localisation northern Indian Ocean, off southern coast of the Indian subcontinent
Capital Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (115.826)
Biggest cities (population) Colombo (648.034), Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (210.546), Moratuwa (177.190)
Inhabitants 21.513.990
Politics presidential representative democratic republic (President of Sri Lanka is both head of state and head of government)
Religion Buddhism 70 %, Hinduism 15%, Islam 8%, Christianity 7%
Currency Sri Lanka Rupees LKR = 161.523€
GDP 59.172 billion USD, 0,08% of the world’s GDP
Official language(s) Sinhala, Tamil
Climate tropical warm weather, temperatures from 17°C in central highlands to maximum 33°C in low areas.
Time zone GMT +5,5
Happy Planet Index (HPI) 35

Cultural Aspects

General Culture

Sri Lanka has been influenced by its long history, the diversity of religious beliefs and the rich artistic tradition (music, dance, visual arts). The lifestyle is reflected in cuisine, festivals and sports. Moreover, there are influences of the neighbor country India and the influences by colonization, the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British. In the world Sri Lanka is famous for cricket, food and the export of tea.


In 2012 Sri Lanka increased from rank 126 (2011) to rank 103 on GPI. The reason is the end of the three-decade long civil war. Furthermore, it is now know as one of the top 5 countries that have registered improvements in peacefulness.

Tourists Attractions and Sights

- Columbo:

commercial capital of Sri Lanka, more than anywhere else it’s a city where the old and new co-exists

- Minneriya National Park:

stand awestruck by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in the afternoon

- Anuradhapura:

sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree

Visa Requirements

All foreign visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain a visa to enter. Visitors who already possess a valid Sri Lankan passport or valid residence permit in Sir Lanka do not need a visa to enter. Visitors for other than tourist purpose (i.e. Diplomatic, business, journalist, etc.) must obtain their visa prior to travel to Sri Lanka, irrelevant of length of stay.



The transport system is well developed, including a road network of approximately 100.000 km. A rail network links Colombo to the rest of the country. Because there are too many vehicles on the street, the government has to invest in the network. Since 1980 the number of vehicles tripled up to 1.38 million in 2000.


There are lots of guesthouses and hotels, which range from budget to high end. In Sri Lanka there is no self-serviced accommodation, because its low costs of food make it unpopular.

Health Care System

WHO ranking 76
Physicians per 10,000 population 5,5 (2004)
Nurses per 10,000 population less than 52 in 2003
GDP spent on health care 4, 1% in 2004
Education period of doctors
Education period of specialists

Health Care Providers

In Sri Lanka there are two types of health care providers, governmental hospitals and private clinics. The governmental hospitals provide free treatment to their patients. The private clinics are more aligned to the medical tourism sector.


In Sri Lanka there is only one big insurance provider with an AA- rating for Insurance Financial Strength from the global rating agency Fitch Ratings London it’s named Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited. Furthermore, there are many private insurance providers.

General Medical Tourism Information

A growing number of foreigners are taking advantage of affordable, high quality private healthcare in Sri Lanka, and combining it with the chance to take a holiday.

While the proliferation of Ayurvedic health spas across the country is testament to the restorative benefits of this ancient holistic system of medicine, Colombo also now boasts a selection of modern, well equipped private hospitals offering the latest in conventional medical and surgical therapies


  • Sri Lanka has a few hospitals, which have very high quality standards
  • Sri Lanka is famous through their good quality of Cosmetic surgery


  • Ayurveda
  • Cosmetic surgery in Sri Lanka, such as breast reduction and augmentation, facelift, rhinoplasty and liposuction
  • Orthopaedic surgery in Sri Lanka such as knee surgery, shoulder, hand and foot surgery
  • Eye surgery in Sri Lanka, such as laser eye surgery, cataract, glaucoma, squint, myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia
  • Heart surgery in Sri Lanka, coronary artery bypass graft, cardiac surgery


Strengths Weaknesses
  • Pleasant weather with ethnically, linguistically and religiously diverse country
  • High quality of health care
  • The government recognizes that medical tourism makes a significant contribution to social and economical development of Sri Lanka
  • Ayurveda with its holistic treatment approach. Sri Lanka as an center of expertise
  • Inadequate information channel - Many tourist places don't have cell phone network accessibility and some have limited landline telephone access.
  • Destruction due to natural calamity - Asian Tsunami caused severe damage to several coastal areas. Most areas have recovered but some are still in the process of recovering.
  • Medical facilities and emergency help is limited in some areas
  • Image of Sri Lanka has been hampered due to the internal struggle since the past 25 years.
Opportunities Threats
  • Four hospitals are in the process of the prestigious JCI accreditation and provide quality treatment much cheaper than the western countries
  • Hospitals in the capital city Colombo provide professional information in advance
  • The government is working on Medical tourism in Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka is very easy to reach from Europe (direct flights) and Asia. Due to the new airport the flight capacities can grow to a large extent.
  • The capacities for treatment in the hospitals are not growing fast enough
  • Hygiene is an issues in the primary care clinics at the countryside Healthcare
  • Many people still don’t know that the civil war in Sri Lanka is over and it is a save country to travel


The medical tourism industry in Sri Lanka is still in its early days, a number of private hospitals in Colombo are well geared to provide services to international clients. Among the best known of these include the Apollo Hospital (www.lankahospitals.com), Asiri Hospital Group (www.asiri.lk), Durdans Hospital (www.durdans.com), and Nawaloka Hospital (www.nawaloka.com). All of these are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and offer the latest in diagnostics, medical and surgical services.

Top Facility Chart

Sri Lanka Central Hospital (Asiri Group Of Hospitals) Durdans Hospital (Ceylon Hospitals PLC) Nawaloka Hospital
Location and website No.114, Norris Canal Road, Colombo-10 No.3, Alfred Place, Colombo 03
No.23 Deshamanya H.K.Dharmadasa Mawatha, Colombo 2
Accreditations or certifications ISO 9001 : 2008 Certification for Quality Control
ISO 9001 : 2008Certification for Medical Laboratory
ISO 22000 : 2005 Food Safety Management System
OHSAS 18001 : 2007, Stands for Occupational Health and Safety Management System
ISO 15189 : 2007 Certification
JCI Accreditation (Being processed)
ISO 9001-2000 Certification
ISO 9001:2008 Certified Hospital
JCI Accreditation (Being processed)
Capacity of hospital beds 199 280 400
Possible for accompanying person to stay in room Yes (Comfortable Accommodation Facilities are available) Yes Yes
Medical tourists Maldivian, Indian, French, Japanese, Korean, American, etc Indian, Chinese, Australia, New Zealand, European Countries China, Japan, Maldives, Spain, Canada
Number of medical staff doctors/nurses In House Doctors: 28
Specialised Medical Consultans: 400
Nurses: 253
In House Doctors (Permanent basis): 50
Specialised Medical Consultans: 300
Nurses: 335
In House Doctors (Permanent basis): 48
Specialised Medical Consultans: 540
Nurses: 578
Type of rooms available (prices) Royal Suite: 150.00
Presidential Suite: 125.00
Premium Suite: 85.00
Premium Romm: 55.00
Deluxe Room (with A/C): 42.00
Deluxe Room (without A/C): 32.00
World Room: 25.00
Standard Room, A/C Room, Non A/C Room, Luxury, Ward Room Standard Room: 33.50 (Non A/C)
A/C Old Room: 35.50
A/C New Room: 38.25
Semi Luxury: 53.25
Luxury Room: 63.25
Ward Room: May vary
International patient department Yes Yes Yes
Adaptations to cultures and nations Multilanguage translators available - -
Languages spoken by staff English, German, French, Japanese, Maldavian English, Possibility to hire Language Translators upon request in advance with additional payments English, Possibility to hire Language Translators upon request in advance with additional payments
Marketing of the facility/USP Web Sites, Marketing Brochures, Advertisements Web Sites, Marketing Brochures, Television, Advertisements, Magazines & Newspapers Web Sites, Marketing Brochures, Television, Advertisements, Magazines & Newspapers
Specialisations Brain Surgeries Multi Speciality Hospital Multi Speciality Hospital, Specialises in Heart Surgeries, Transplants & Eye Surgeries

Price Chart (in €uro)

Treatment Central Hospital (Asiri Group Of Hospitals) Nawaloka Hospital
Cardiac bypass not available 2960.00
Gastric bypass not available 2146.00
Knee replacement 2000.00 - 3000.00 2442.00
Hip replacement 2000.00 - 3000.00 2960.00
Hip resurfacing 2000.00 - 3000.00 -
Botox treatment around 2000.00 -
Breast augmentation
Facelift 700.00 - 1000.00 -
Liposuction 1000.00 888.00 - 1258.00
Dental implants 700.00 - 1500.00 -
Rhinoplasty 1000.00 - 1500.00 -
Lasik eye surgery - 518.00

Note: Above charges are subject to change according to Surgeon and Parity Rate.

Also, these treatment charges may vary depending on the condition of the patient & period of time consumed of the treatments