Colombo, as the commercial and legislative capital and largest city of Sri Lanka, is also the gateway to this island nation for most travellers. Also known as ‘the Garden City of the East’, Colombo is emerging as the must-see place in Sri Lanka. There is much more to this city than just the old architecture or beaches. Colombo became capital when Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. It is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city and you can find places associated with Buddhists, Hindus, Christians as well as Muslims.
Famous landmarks in Colombo include Galle Face Green, Mount Lavinia Beach, Gangaramaya Temple and Viharamahadevi Park (also known as Victoria Park).
NATIONAL MUSEUM An interesting building with an amazing collection. Here you can see artefacts from various archaeological sites across Sri Lanka. It is the largest museum in the country. The museum also contains the country's national regalia, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan Monarch, the private collections of H.C.P. Bell, and Henry Arthur Blake’s collection of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts.
VIHARAMAHADEVI PARK Located next to the National Museum, this is the oldest and largest park in Colombo. It features a huge statue of Buddha and a series of water fountains.
T-LOUNGE A beautiful lounge with an overwhelming choice of teas. Close your eyes and it might feel like a little bit like home before you step out once more out onto the bustling streets of Colombo. With a very chic reputation and excellent presentation, this is a great place to chill out and enjoy the atmosphere.
PETTAH MARKETS Colombo’s multi-ethnic Pettah district is a chaotic and crowded place that provides a unique insight into the cultural diversity of the city. From floating markets to rooftop bars and religious buildings, it offers a truly authentic insight into the lifestyle of the local population, which now includes people from all over the world.
WARNING - Be sure to compare prices and be prepared to haggle before you decide on making a purchase.
OLD GALLE BUCK LIGHTHOUSE Built in 1954 and is surrounded by a series of rocky canyons, you can climb up to the top of the tower for a majestic ocean view. One of the best places in the city to watch the sunset from.
KELANIYA RAJA MAHA VIHARA - BUDDHIST TEMPLE Many believe that Buddha made a third and final visit to Sri Lanka after gaining enlightenment. This temple is famous for its statue of the reclining Gautama Buddha and a painting by the native artist Solias Mendis. A very calm, quiet and meditative place to get away from the rest of the world
INDEPENDENCE MEMORIAL HALL built to commemorate Sri Lanka's independence from the British Empire in 1948, the hall contains some impressive sculptures, including a statue of Don Stephen Senanayke, the "Father of the Nation".
ODEL Based at No. 5 Alexander Pl, Colombo, Odel is a high profile department store which stocks both international and local brands. It is always crowded with locals as well as tourists and is the most popular shopping centre in the city.
BAREFOOT Designer Barbara Sansoni’s shop is popular for its hand-woven textiles, which are made into cushions, bedspreads and other household items. Based in an old villa at 704 Galle Rd, Colombo.
LAKSALA This is a government run chain of arts and crafts and souvenir shops.
ARPICO A supermarket, where you can buy imported food items, sunscreen, travel gadgets and much more. It also has a nice café where you can enjoy a refreshing drink during your shopping trip. It is based at Hyde Park Corner, Colombo.
VIJITHA YAPA BOOKSHOP With branches on Crescat Boulevard and Unity Plaza, Vijitha Yapa stocks a good collection of local and foreign novels as well as guidebooks to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan culture is a mixture of traditional and modern elements and is known for its regional diversity. It has been heavily influenced by Indian Buddhism, but the modern history of Sri Lanka also bears the marks left by Dutch, Portuguese and British colonisation. Sri Lanka has become internationally associated with Cricket, indigenous medicine practice, tea and tourism.
As you might expect of an island nation, seafood plays an important role in Sri Lankan cuisine, which has been shaped by many factors, historical and cultural.
The central feature of Sri Lankan cuisine is boiled or steamed rice served with fish curry and lentils.
KOTTU A spicy stir-fry bread/chapati with vegetables. It is a bit like the Sri Lankan equivalent of a hamburger.
CHICKEN CURRY/ KUKUL MAS CURRY A common household dish in Sri Lanka, for which there are many variations, depending on region and personal taste.
HOPPERS/APPAM/INDI APPAM The Sri Lankan version of pancakes are called hoppers. They can be either sweet or savory, but the most common type are egg hoppers, where an egg is cracked into a bowl-shaped pancake.
KIRIBATH WITH LUNU MIRIS Often served on special occasions such as the Sinhalese New Year, this is a special type of rice cooked in thick coconut milk. Wood Apple - no discussion about Sri Lankan food would be complete without mentioning wood apple. Walking through a Sri Lankan market, your nose will spot it long before your eyes do.
There are 3 main styles of Sri Lankan classical dance:
KANDYAN DANCES These encompass various dance forms native to Kandy, but today they have spread to other areas as well and are now regarded as the National Dance Form of Sri Lanka. The dance imitates the movements of animals.
LOW COUNTRY DANCES These are ritualistic dances performed to appease evil spirits believed to be responsible for sickness.
SABARAGAMUWA DANCES Mainly, performed in Ratanpura, the dances are mainly concerned with the worship of the god Saman, much revered by the local population.
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Med Polonia Hospital incl. 2 Nights, DB&B at 4* IBB Andersia SPA Hotel
With one hour massage included. Taxis to and from Airport as well as Hospital transfers both ways
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Stage 1 Greeting patient
Stage 2 Lab tests
Step 3 Diagnostic imaging
Step 4 Preliminary medical consultation
Questions and Answers
Step 5 Specialist tests
Step 6 Magnetic resonance imaging
Full-body MRI scan
Step 7 Consultation with a doctor
Step 8 Summary
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Lanka Hospital incl. 7 Nights, DB&B at top 5* SPA Hotels in Colombo & Kandy
One hour massage, taxis to and from the Airport as well as Hospital - Hotel transfers both ways are included.
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Full Blood Count |ESR |Fasting Blood Sugar |Post Prandial Blood Sugar |Lipid Profile |Liver Profile |Renal Profile |TSH |Urine Full Report |Stool Full Report |Stool Occult Blood |HbA1c |PSA |CEA |CA 19.9 |Blood Picture| AFP |Chest X-ray with Radiologist report |Lung Function test (Spirometry) |ECG |2D Echo Cardiogram |TMT (Tread Mill/Stress Test) |Ultra Sound Whole Abdomen |Checking of Height, Weight, BMI |Checking of Waist Circumference |Checking of vision |Medical history by Medical Officer |Consultation by ENT Surgeon |Consultation by Physician |Consultation by Ophthalmology |Report with Summary |Head MRI
NM Medical Health incl. 5 Nights DB&B at 5* Luxury Sahara Star SPA Hotel
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Pro-Famila Hospital incl. 2 Nights, DB&B at 4* Grand Hotel Boutique SPA Hotel
With one hour massage included. Taxis to and from Airport as well as Hospital transfers both ways
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One-to-one consultation with a doctor - urologist;
selected internist doctor eg .: orthopaedic surgeon, a dermatologist
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Currently, health policies and health systems across Europe are becoming increasingly interconntected. There is a number of factors influencing this process. First of all, patients are continuously looking for a better and more professional healthcare including well eductated personnel, new developments in health technlogies, innovative treatments, etc. And second of all, people are travelling across the world and can experience how healthcare processes look like abroad. As a result, patients want to try to get a healthcare abroad, for example across the Europe. There is a place where The EU Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare comes.
The EU Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare is a route for patients to receive planned care in another Member State at the expense of the NHS. Following centralisation of EU patient mobility functions from 1 April 2013, it is now administered by NHS England on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The EU Directive gives all EU nationals the right to obtain healthcare services in any EU state, as long as they are entitled to the same services in their own country, and as long as they are not able to obtain such services within a reasonable amount of time at home. This, for example, means that if somebody is able to get a hospital in the Germany to do the surgery before the appointment in UK, and they do not have relatives here to help with their after care but have in Germany, they could be entitled to have the surgery there.
The EU directive on cross border healthcare has many complex and detailed rules and regulations. The most imoprtant rules are described and explained below.
Residency: To be entitled to cross border healthcare, you must be a resident of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA).
Local provision: In order for cross border healthcare to be funded, it must be available in your home state as part of the standard healthcare package available to all citizens. Local commissioners will set out what treatment is covered under each state system.
Undue delay: Cross border healthcare must be funded if there is undue delay in providing the same treatment locally. The European Court of Justice defined undue delay as 'a waiting time that exceeds the period which is acceptable in the light of an objective medical assessment'. This means that such judgements should be based on medical assessments, not just on arbitrary time based targets.
Reimbursement: The cost of cross border healthcare will only be reimbursed up to the cost of the treatment in the home state. States are not obliged to pay for costs in excess of the cost of treatment in the home state and you are not allowed to profit from having cheaper treatment in another state. The costs of travel and accommodation are not generally reimbursed. Generally, you will have to pay treatment costs upfront and get reimbursement from NHS England. Reimbursement will be limited to the cost of the same treatment under the NHS. This means that you will have to pay the cost upfront and seek reimbursement when you are back in the UK. However, you can only claim back as much as the treatment would have cost in the UK. If the treatment is more expensive, you will have to cover the additional costs. If the treatment was cheaper than under the NHS, you will not be able to profit from it and ask for the difference in return from the NHS. However, the regulation says that remuneration can either be paid up front to the patient or directly to the health care provider. This is up to the funder. It is conceded that it would be very unfair on poorer patients if they had to pay up front and so it is likely that the latter form of payment will be readily permitted. Generally the patient pays upfront and would then be reimbursed by their national authority as quickly as possible. The law also gives Member States the option of confirming the amount of reimbursement in writing in advance.
Treatments: Treatment can be in the state or private sector as the NHS will directly reimburse the fees you have paid.
The key difference between the two routes is that the S2 route relates only to state-provided treatment and costs are dealt with directly between Member States, with the S2 acting as a form of payment guarantee. This means that in the majority of cases, the patient is not required to pay anything themselves under S2 arrangements.
Unlike the S2 route, under the terms of the Directive EU citizens can choose to obtain a health care service (including private and unplanned care) in another Member State and seek reimbursement of the costs, provided the health care service is the same as or equivalent to a service that would have been provided to the patient within the health service in the circumstances of their case. The right to claim a reimbursement of costs is limited to the cost to the health service of the same or equivalent treatment had the patient obtained that treatment from the health service - or the actual amount paid by the patient where this is lower than the cost of the equivalent health service treatment.
The EU Directive route covers emergency treatment in addition to planned care. In most emergency cases, it is anticipated that a patient will use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC should be the first resort for emergency or immediately necessary treatment and if the individual requiring such treatment does not have an EHIC, the patient should obtain a ‘Provisional Replacement Certificate’ (PRC) from the OHT, which provides temporary cover.
Possible reasons for the EHIC or PRC not being used include:
In circumstances ‘a’ or ‘c’, the patient may be entitled to reimbursement under the rules that govern the EHIC. This would be administered by the DWP OHT, in line with their other associated roles.
The rules that govern the EHIC only apply to treatment provided in the state sector. Therefore, if a patient has accessed emergency or medically necessary treatment in the private sector (as in scenario ‘b’ above), the only reimbursement option available to them is via the EU Directive route. In these circumstances, the patient would have to pay for their treatment and seek reimbursement for any eligible costs. The responsible commissioner would be required to ultimately fund the reimbursement, up to the cost of the equivalent treatment under the NHS. NHS England will administer the reimbursement process for patients claiming under these circumstances (scenario ‘b’). In many cases, the claim will be straightforward, as the patient’s entitlement to receive the equivalent emergency treatment under the NHS will not vary according to the commissioner. Therefore, to facilitate an efficient service, an individual patient’s entitlement to a specific treatment will not always be checked with the responsible commissioner. In cases where entitlement is unclear, checks will continue to be made with the responsible commissioner, in line with the process already established for other funding requests under the Directive route.
The EU Directive gives you the right to access healthcare services in another EEA country as long as the treatment is medically necessary and would be made available to you under the NHS. It covers both treatment given in state-run hospitals and by private service providers. In most cases, you will have to pay the costs upfront. You can claim reimbursement when you return, up to the amount the treatment would have cost under the NHS.
Prior authorisation may be required in some cases. This will confirm whether you are entitled to the treatment and the level of reimbursement you can expect. It will also ensure that you are aware of all the possible treatment options within the NHS, which may be more convenient for you than going abroad. Find out what types of services require prior authorisation (PDF, 72kb). Please note that this is not necessarily a definitive list.
You must be allowed to have treatment abroad if you cannot have the same treatment on the NHS within a medically acceptable period. You can only get reimbursements under the EU Directive for treatments that are funded by the NHS. Within England, different aspects of healthcare are commissioned by different organisations and your entitlement to funding will depend on the services that are commissioned for patients in your area and any criteria that apply. If you are unsure whether the treatment you are seeking is funded by the NHS, please contact us for further information.
If you seek prior authorisation for a treatment or to apply for funding or reimbursement, you will need to complete the application form (PDF, 88kb). When applying for reimbursement, original receipts and proof of payment must be supplied.
Note: Please ensure that you are using the latest available form (as provided on this site) before submitting your application. Applicants using an outdated form may be asked to supply further information or resubmit their application.
1) A patient ska about funding for treatment in Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland. Should we refer to the European team?
No – the arrangements for cross border treatment within the United Kingdom are different. Please refer to the ‘Who Pays’ guidance, available at:
2) Treatments in other EEA countries may cost significantly more than they would within the NHS. Will funding/reimbursements be capped at NHS costs under the Directive route?
Yes. Where it is possible to identify the NHS cost for a particular treatment this will be used as the funding limit. For costs calculated using the Payments by Results (PbR) Tariff, a national average Market Forces Factor will be applied. Where the treatment cost abroad is lower than the NHS cost, the funding will be limited to the actual cost incurred.
3) Do the principles of the EU Directive apply to emergency care?
Yes. A patient can claim reimbursement for expenditure on emergency care in another EEA country. However, in most circumstances the EHIC will have been used and therefore reimbursement (by NHS England, on behalf of the responsible commissioner) will not be required. If someone has accessed emergency care in the private sector of another EEA country, they may be eligible for reimbursement and the responsible commissioner would ultimately be required to fund this (limited to the equivalent NHS cost). This is because the EHIC is not accepted by private providers, but emergency care is covered by the EU Directive.
4) What happens if a patient is advised that treatment is not appropriate by an NHS clinician and then seeks the same treatment abroad?
To be eligible for an S2, the patient would need to have the explicit recommendation of a UK NHS Consultant. Therefore, in this scenario an S2 would be refused. However, the patient may be entitled to reimbursement under the Directive if a clinician within the EEA determines that they have a medical need for it and it is treatment that would be available to them within the NHS. This is because the EU Directive on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications requires the team to accept the medical opinion of a health professional of another European country.
5) Can I transfer my medical data to the Member State where I will be treated?
You have the right to a copy of your medical data from your home country prior to receiving treatment in another Member State, and from the provider in the country where you receive treatment before returning to your home country.
6) What should I do if something goes wrong whilst receiving treatment abroad?
The National Contact Point of that country will be able to explain your rights and give information on the regime applicable in the country of treatment. Your home country is obliged to provide you with the same follow-up treatment it would have provided had the treatment taken place on its territory.
7) Will my prescription be recognised in another EU Member State?
A prescription issued in another EU country should be recognised in a patient's country of residence and vice versa. This ensures that the healthcare provided in another EU country is properly followed-up on the patient's return home. The patient is entitled to obtain the prescribed medicine provided that the medicine in question is authorised for sale and available in the country where he or she wishes to have the product dispensed.
Although these principles are not new, in practice getting prescriptions recognised can be difficult. Although it will not solve the problem overnight, the provisions of the Directive should greatly increase the ability of pharmacists to understand and dispense prescriptions issues in another Member State.
8) Is dialysis on cruise ships covered by the European cross border Directive route?
No. Treatment required during a cruise is not covered under any healthcare agreement that the UK has with other countries in the world, including EEA countries.
9) I have specific questions about treatment in other EEA countries that are not covered by this guidance. How do I find out more?
Further information can be found on the NHS Choices website:
10) Where can I find more information about my rights to healthcare abroad?
Check with your National Contact Point, or on the Your Europe website:
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