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About the currency
Coins and notes
Sri Lanka likes a good coin. The current coins in circulation are worth 25c and 50c, then round rupees worth Rs1, Rs2, Rs5 and Rs10. Notes range through Rs10, Rs20, Rs100, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000 and Rs5,000. Chances are you won’t find many Rs10 notes though; the coin always tends to be more common.
Facts about the currency
- You can enter Sri Lanka with up to Rs5,000 in cash, and any foreign currencies adding up to more than USD $15,000 have to be declared on your way in.
- The rupee has been in effect since January 1872, when it replaced the British pound sterling – that still makes the rupee an incredibly old currency!
- Sri Lankan banknotes are printed with former political figures on one side, flora and fauna on the other.
- Cents are an endangered species in Sri Lanka – you’re likely to find that their coins don’t make much ‘cents’.
The historical rates chart tells you how the Sri Lankan rupee has trended against the Australian dollar recently. You can even sign up for currency alerts so you don’t miss out on those great exchange rates.