Sri Lanka Postal Service Restricted and Prohibited Items

Restricted Items

Chemicals, non-hazardous
  • Local customs req docm/literature to be provided to ascertain the properties/usage of the chemical.
Communications equipment
  • For phones and walkie-talkies, addressee requires approval fr Min of Defence and/or Min of Post & Telecommunications,
  • Mobile phones: addressee requires approval from Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication & Import Controller.
Cotton seed
  • Phyto Certificate from Origin required. Approval from the Agriculture Dept required to be obtained locally by addressee.
Drugs: non-prescription
  • Import control licence to be obtained by addressee from the Controller of Imports & Exports.
Drugs: prescription
  • Import control licence to be obtained by addressee from the Controller of Imports & Exports.
Films: entertainment
  • Addressee require approval from the Film Corporation for customs clrearance
Gambling devices
  • Restricted by local government. Addressee require special approval from Ministry of Finance.
Military equipment
  • Defence Ministry’s Approval must be obtained by consignee
Mobile phones,accessories & component
  • For phones and walkie-talkies, addressee requires approval fr Min of Defence and/or Min of Post & Telecommunications
  • Mobile phones: addressee requires approval from Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication & Import Controller.
Passports
  • All passports will be detained by customs for verification purpose. Immigration approval will have to be obtained by the addressee in order for customs to release the passport.
Phones/modems
  • For phones and walkie-talkies, addressee requires approval fr Min of Defence and/or Min of Post & Telecommunications,
  • Mobile phones: addressee requires approval from Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication & Import Controller.
Plant products
  • Phyto Certificate from Origin required. Approval from the Agriculture Dept required to be obtained locally by addressee (Mangoes prohibited)
Plants
  • Phyto Certificate from Origin required. Approval from the Agriculture Dept required to be obtained locally by addressee (Mangoes prohibited)
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
  • For phones and walkie-talkies, addressee requires approval fr Min of Defence and/or Min of Post & Telecommunications,
  • Mobile phones: addressee requires approval from Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication & Import Controller.
Seeds
  • Phyto Certificate from Origin required. Approval from the Agriculture Dept required to be obtained locally by addressee (Mangoes prohibited)
Telecommunication equipment
  • For phones and walkie-talkies, addressee requires approval fr Min of Defence and/or Min of Post & Telecommunications,
  • Mobile phones: addressee requires approval from Ministry of Posts & Telecommunication & Import Controller.

Prohibited Items

Animal (life)
  • All Animal
  • Piranha Fish
  • insects, hatching eggs, birds,
  • Animal Part
  • Shark Fin
Cash letters (Negotiable Items) Cheques
  • Cancelled Cheques
  • Cashires’s Cheques
Cash Equal instruments
  • Traveler Cheque
  • Voucher
  • Bonds
  • Shares
Currency /CASH
  • All
  • Fake currency, bonds, or coins
  • Current Legal Tender
Dangerous goods and/or hazardious material
  • Radiactive containing materials
  • Batteries & Corrosives
  • Batteries
  • Acid
  • Non-lithium batteries containing appliances
  • Lithium batteries containing appliances
  • Powerbank
  • Compressed gas
Compressed air
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Gas cylinders
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Paint guns
  • Shock absorbers
  • Explosive and Fireworks
Christmas crackers
  • Party poppers
  • Fireworks
  • Flammable Gas
Aerosol cans
  • Alarm devices
  • Air bag
  • Petrolium product
  • Gas
  • Flammable Liquids
Adhesive products
  • Alcohol
  • Anti-freeze
  • Barometers
  • Battery or Brake Fluid
  • Cleaning materials
  • Dry ice
  • Essential oils
  • Fertiliser
  • Fibre glass repair kits
  • Lighter fluid
  • Kerosene
  • Mercury
  • Motor fuel and patrol
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint
  • Perfume
  • Oil
  • Candle
  • Flammable Solids
Champor
  • Carbon paper
  • Caustic soda
  • Charcoal
  • Cleaning materials
  • Phosphorus
  • Toner
  • Matches and Lighters
Fire and flint lighters
  • Blasting caps
  • Flares
  • Igniters
  • Matches and cigarette
  • lighters
Human /Animal Remains
  • All
Illegal Goods
  • All
  • Counterfeit or pirated goods or materials (including CD,VCD, and DVD).
  • Pirated copyright goods e.g. musical tape, CD, VDO, computer software, etc.
  • Counterfeit trademark goods
Military equipment - Narcotic (illegal)
  • All
  • Narcotics e.g., marijuana, hemp, opium, cocaine, morphine, heroin
Obscene objects/literature /pictures - Pornography
  • All
  • Indecent printings, paintings, photographs, books, cards, lithographic, engravings, films, video tapes, laser discs, color slides, computer disc and any other media.
Precious metals & stones
  • Bullion
  • Loose precious and semi-precious stones
  • Diamond
  • Gold
  • Silver
Weapon and Ammunition
  • Firearms, complete or parts of
  • Air guns
  • Bullets
  • Grenades
  • Weapon (any)
  • Ammunition
  • Replica, Immitation and Acessories