A Guide to Renting Child Seats in Sri Lanka

Traveling with young children can be a wonderful experience, but ensuring their safety is of utmost importance. When exploring the beautiful landscapes and vibrant culture of Sri Lanka, it’s crucial to prioritize the safety of your little ones. One essential aspect of child safety during travel is having the right child seat. In this post, we will guide you through the process of renting a child seat in Sri Lanka, providing valuable information and tips for a worry-free family adventure.

Understanding Sri Lanka’s Law, Traffic and Safety Regulations

In Sri Lanka, car seats are not legally required, but it is recommended for children under the age of 6. Additionally, children under 13 are encouraged to travel in the backseat, particularly if you are driving on one of the high-speed expressways.

Regarding other safety regulations, if you are traveling in a vehicle manufactured in 2000 or later, seatbelts are mandatory for those in the front seats, including the driver and passenger. However, it is recommended that all passengers use their seatbelt, if available in your vehicle, especially when traveling on the expressway.

Research Rental Companies

Look for reputable car rental companies in Sri Lanka that offer child seat rentals. Many companies provide this service to cater to the needs of families traveling with young children. Explore online reviews and recommendations to choose a reliable provider.

Booking in Advance

To ensure the availability of a suitable child seat, consider booking in advance. Reach out to the rental company and inquire about the availability of different types of child seats based on your child’s age and height.

Types of Child Seats

Child seats come in various types, including infant seats, convertible seats, and booster seats. Understand the specific needs of your child based on their age, weight, and height, as well as the compatibility of your vehicle.

Car Seat Compatibility

Given that child seats may come in different formats, as well as there are vehicles that may or may not come with a 3 point seat belt or ISOFIX points, it is important to keep in mind that every car seat will not fit every car.

A vast majority of child car seats can be fitted with the 3 point adult seat belt.

What is ISOFIX? 

The ISOFIX system is an internationally standardized method for attaching car seats. This system is known by different names in different regions, such as LATCH (“Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children”) in the United States, and LUAS (“Lower Universal Anchorage System”) or Canfix in Canada. It can also be referred to as the “Universal Child Safety Seat System” or UCSSS.

Isofix establishes a set of standardized attachment points, known as ISOFIX fixing points, that are integrated into cars. This allows child safety seats that comply with the standard to be easily and securely installed. Isofix provides an alternative method to securing the seat using seat belts.

Costs and Fees

Inquire about the costs associated with renting a child seat. Understand whether the rental fee is charged per day or for the entire duration of your car rental. Factor this into your travel budget to avoid any surprises.

Installation Instructions

When picking up the rental car, ask the rental company for proper installation instructions for the child seat. Ensure that you know how to secure the seat correctly to guarantee your child’s safety throughout the journey.

Usually to install a child seat via a 3 point seatbelt, you will have to pull out a length of belt, and pass the lap belt through the lap belt guides, then click the belt in.  Once you have clicked the belt in, firmly pull the shoulder part of the belt, so that it tightens the lap belt.

The advantage of renting a child seat from the car rental company itself is that not only would they ensure the compatibility between the car seat and vehicle, but they would also install it for you.

Inspect the Child Seat

Before accepting the child seat, inspect it for any signs of wear or damage. Confirm that all parts, including the harness and buckles, are in good working condition. Notify the rental company of any concerns and request a replacement if needed.

Returning the Child Seat

Return the child seat along with the rental car, adhering to the terms and conditions set by the rental company. Ensure that it is in the same condition as when you received it to avoid any additional charges.

Alternative Options

If renting a child seat proves challenging, explore alternative options such as bringing your own child seat or purchasing one locally upon arrival.


Renting a child seat in Sri Lanka is a proactive step towards ensuring your family’s safety during your travels. By following these guidelines and choosing a reliable rental company, you can enjoy a worry-free journey, creating lasting memories with your loved ones amidst the stunning landscapes and rich cultural experiences that Sri Lanka has to offer. Safe travels!

Tuesday March 5, 2024