ATM at Colombo airport?

Jan 15th, 2013, 06:08 PM
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ATM at Colombo airport?

Hi,

Can any recent traveler please let me know if there are ATMs installed at arrivals in Colombo airport? Also if they are Visa Plus or Cirrus compatible, ie one that allows cash withdrawal from overseas Visa/MasterCards.

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Jan 15th, 2013, 06:18 PM
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There are ATMs at the Colombo airport that accept foreign cards. I can't remember if the card I was using was Plus or Cirrus, but I expect you could find ATMs for both. When I was there in 2007, the first machine I tried was out of money, and my driver took me to another batch of ATMs (also in the airport) to get cash.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 06:30 PM
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Thanks Kathie. We're leaving for Sri Lanka on Feb 9th, and I'm having trouble obtaining Rupees for some emergency cash in hand on arrival. Tried various forex agents here in Melbourne, no one seem to be carrying Sri Lankan Rupees.

Hopefully will have time to take notes for a trip report!
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Jan 15th, 2013, 08:56 PM
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Yes all major cards including Cirrus and Maestro is available at the airport and hundreds of locations around the country.
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Jan 16th, 2013, 05:49 AM
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I was amazed that every little village seemed to have ATMS!
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Jan 16th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Hi albert,

strangely our driver didn't seem to know where the ATMs at the airport were but he easily found one in a town on our way to our hotel. he did know where to get sim cards for phones though.

you won't be able to get SL rupees outside SL, but you could take some U$. we found that quite a lot of things were priced in $ - entrance fees to the golden triangle sites for example, and wildlife safaris and wished we'd taken more.
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Jan 19th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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Thanks Mohammed.

Hi annhig,

We're in transit in Singapore on the way up, and I think I may be able to get some there just in case. Good tip about the US$, still have some left over from our last US trip in March last year.
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