The Rupee, which is divided into 100 cents.
Rupee symbol: Rs
Coin denominations: 1, 2, 5 and 10 Rupees
Note denominations: 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 and 5000 Rupees.
There is no restriction in bringing money in foreign currencies into Sri Lanka. This sum could be in Traveller Cheques, Bank drafts or currency notes. However, if the total exceeds US$ 15,000, that sum must be declared to the Sri Lanka Customs.
If you wish to take out from Sri Lanka a sum in excess of US$ 5000 in currency notes (out of the money brought in), you must declare the entirety of the sum brought in, even if it is less than US$ 15,000.
The foreign currency amounts indicated in US$ may be in equivalent amounts in other convertible foreign currencies.
Changing money through unauthorised persons is illegal as well as risky in respect of receiving counterfeit money.
Most hotels, restaurants and some shops accept major credit cards such as American Express, Visa and Mastercard. They will usually display signage to that effect.