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Process of Getting a Visa to Visit Sri Lanka

Visitors to Sri Lanka can now obtain visa to enter Sri lanka online. This article will explain the process of getting an online visa to Sri lanka. Also you will find information on how you can extend the duration of your stay in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is one of the few places in the world that provides an array of choices for a traveller such as magnificent landscapes, stunning waterfalls, pristine beaches, adventurist wild life etc. Visiting this magical island became an every traveller’s wish since the end of thirty years long ethnic crisis. To cater this need, Sri Lankan Government has simplified the Visa process by introducing a method to obtain Visa online. With effect from 1st January 2012, all Holiday or Business travelers to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. This article will describe the entire process of obtaining Visiting Visa to Sri Lanka.

An intended traveller visiting Sri Lanka for a short stay for any of the following purposes, must obtain ETA prior to arrival. The issuing authority of the ETA is the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

An intended traveller planning a holiday visit, a short business trip or to transit through, needs to apply and obtain an ETA prior to arrival in Sri Lanka.

The types of ETA:

  • ETA for Tourist purpose with double entry for 30 (thirty) days
  • ETA for Business purpose with multiple entry for 30 (thirty) days
  • ETA for Transit for 07 (seven) days. (First 48 hours free of charge.)

Steps to be followed:

  • Submit the application.
  • Receive the acknowledgement.
  • Receive ETA approval or a referral notice. If a referral notice is served, you may contact Department of Immigration and Emigration for the necessary ETA.

How to submit an ETA application.

ETA application can be submitted using one of the following options:

  • By the applicant
  • By Third party
  • By Registered agents
  • At Sri Lanka Overseas Missions
  • At the head office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration (DI&E), Colombo
  • On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka

It is advisable to keep a copy of the ETA approval with you to be produced at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. All ETA holders should fulfill the following requirements at the port of entry.

  • A passport valid for not less than 6 months from the date of arrival.
  • A confirmed return ticket.
  • Sufficient funds to meet the expenses during the stay.

ETA Processing Fee(US$) – SAARC Countries.

* Methods of Submission of ETA Application. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries
* * Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days. Business visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days. Transit visa with Single Entry for 2 days. Transits visa with Single Entry for 3 to 7 days.
1 By the Applicant US$10 US$ 20 Free US$ 10
2 By Third party US$10 US$20 Free US$10
3 By registered agent US$10 US$20 Free US$10
4 At Sri Lanka Overseas Missions US$10 US$20 Free US$10
5 At the head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo US$10 US$20 Free US$10
6 On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka US$15 US$25 Free US$10

ETA Processing Fee(US$) – All other (Non SAARC) Countries.

* Methods of Submission of ETA Application. All Other Countries
* ** Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days. Business visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days. Transit visa with Single Entry for 2 days. Transits visa with Single Entry for 3 to 7 days.
1 By the Applicant US$ 20 US$ 20 Free US$ 10
2 By Third party US$20 US$20 Free US$10
3 By registered agent US$20 US$20 Free US$10
4 At Sri Lanka Overseas Missions US$20 US$20 Free US$10
5 At the head office of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo US$20 US$20 Free US$10
6 On arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka US$25 US$25 Free US$15

Children under 12 years of age is exempt from ETA Processing Fee.

ETA processing fee and Short Visit Visa fee charged by the Sri Lanka Overseas Missions.

Charges in United States Dollars
ETA Processing Fee. Reciprocal VISA FEE.
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries. All Other Countries.
1 Tourist Visa with Double Entry for 30 days. US$ 10 US$ 20 Not applicable.
2 Tourist Visa Single Entry up to 90 days. US$ 10 US$ 20 Relevant country fee.
3 Tourist Visa with Double Entry up to 90 days. US$ 10 US$ 20 Twice the relevant country fee.
4 Business Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days. US$ 20 US$ 20 Not applicable.
5 Business Visa with Single Entry up to 90 days. US$ 20 US$ 20 Relevant country fee.
6 Business Visa with Multiple Entry up to 90 days. US$ 20 US$ 20 Thrice the relevant country fee.
7 Transit Visa with Single Entry for 2 days. Free Free Not applicable.
8 Transit Visa with Single Entry from 3 to 7 days. US$ 10 US$ 10 Not applicable.

The following nationals & categories are exempt from ETA

 Nationals of the following countries who visit Sri Lanka for a Short Visit up to 30 days are exempt from ETA,

  • The Republic of Singapore.
  • The Republic of Maldives.
  • Crew members of flight / ship

How To Extend Short Visit Visa.

A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka, may apply for an extension. The Short Visit visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance.

Application for an extension should be submitted to the Visa Section of the Department of Immigration (head office) by visiting the Department or through an Authorized Agent.

Listed below are contact details of the regulatory bodies.
Department of Immigration and Emigration
41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka

Hotline : 0094 71 9967888
Fax : 0094 11 2674621
E-Mail : controller@immigration.gov.lk
Web Site: www.immigration.gov.lk

Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Commissioner for Registration of Persons of Indian Origin
Mr. W. A. C. Perera
Telephone : 0094 11 5329400
Fax : 0094 11 2674621
Email : controller@immigration.gov.lk

Controller (visa)
Mr. R M S Sarath Kumara
fax: 0094 11 2674631
email: eta@immigration.gov.lk

The objective of this article is to share the new Sri lankan online visa process with our readers. The published data information is up to date only on the published date of the article. For most current information of the process and if you need to buy online visa please visit Sri Lanka immigration department’s electronic travel authorization system web site from here.

Sandun W

Sandun joined Lanka Help Magazine as a contributor in June, 2011. He has been consistently writing articles to our magazine. Many useful articles of this site are under Sandun's name.

About the author

Sandun joined Lanka Help Magazine as a contributor in June, 2011. He has been consistently writing articles to our magazine. Many useful articles of this site are under Sandun's name.

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  1. Sumit Kumar Mitra

    I am interested in Srilanka its culture and people .I am planing to visit Sri Lanka and witness cultural programme like drama dance music. Kindly provide me information about the country.
    Thank you

    Sumit Kumar Mitra, Kolkata, India

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