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Sandro Pedace

"On coming to Colombo, I was dreading the culture shock. However, expats and local contacts gave me some great advice. "

Isabelle Jacobs

"It was fun to find other cricket fans among the expats around here and watch some matches at a Colombo club together. "

Make the most of living and working in Colombo

Expat living in Colombo raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from Sri Lankan authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺShould I study some basic Sinhala or Tamil, or rather both of them?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend specialised travel agents in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Colombo takes a lot of time. Our Colombo expat guide is there to make your relocation to Colombo as easy as possible. Starting with local infrastructure to information about restaurants & nightlife, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Colombo.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Colombo. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Jersey City to living in London.

Top Articles in the Colombo Expat Guide

  • Moving to Colombo

    Colombo is a lively but livable city, with interesting architecture, quaint boulevards, but a relatively small population and consequently not many expats. Moving to this city can therefore be difficult, but after an initial phase can surely be a rewarding experience. Find out more in our expat guide!
  • Living in Colombo

    Colombo has a beautiful waterfront, interesting colonial architecture and lush gardens, but still some typical downsides of developing cities, such us pollution and traffic jams, which should be considered when moving to the city. Find out more about living in Colombo in our expat guide!
  • Working in Colombo

    Colombo is not the capital city of Sri Lanka, but it certainly is its major hub, both for economy and culture. The local job market is therefore active and expats can surely find some interesting opportunities in different sectors. Find out more in our guide!

Information on the Expat Life in Colombo

Are you looking specifically for public utility providers in town or a doctor speaking your native language in Sri Lanka? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Colombo provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Colombo. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Colombo expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Colombo and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly Piliganimu & enna vishayam among our expats living and working in Colombo.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Colombo? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Washington, D.C. or living in Paris!

Sandro Pedace

"On coming to Colombo, I was dreading the culture shock. However, expats and local contacts gave me some great advice. "

Isabelle Jacobs

"It was fun to find other cricket fans among the expats around here and watch some matches at a Colombo club together. "

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