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Sri Lanka Tourist ETA Information

The Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA),  introduced in 2012 was implemented to facilitate the Sri Lanka online visa application for eligible citizens.

The ETA allows eligible citizens to spend up to 30 days in the country. The ETA for Sri Lanka is is a double entry travel authorization, and is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

ETA holders can enter Sri Lanka through all types of ports of entry, whether by air if arriving in an international airport, by sea if traveling by cruise ship, or at a land border crossing.

Visitors traveling to Sri Lanka are required to complete a Sri Lanka ETA online application form. The ETA application takes a few minutes to complete. Once approved, the ETA is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport.

For purposes other than tourism, business or transit, foreign citizens are required to contact  the Sri Lanka Consulate or Embassy.

Highlights
Double entry electronic travel authorization
Stay up to 30 days in Sri Lanka
Valid for 180 days from approval
Electronically linked to the traveler’s passport
Available for tourism purposes, as well as business travel, or transit
What is Necessary ?

Passport with minimum 6 months validity

Current email address

Valid credit/debit card

ETA Visa Requirements

The Sri Lanka Tourist ETA can be obtained by completing an online form.

The  Sri Lanka Tourist ETA is issued for touristic purposes like holidays, vacations, to visit friends or relatives,  or to participate in a sporting or cultural event or competition.

To apply for the Sri Lanka ETA visa online for tourism, applicants must have a:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date in Sri Lanka.
  • Credit or debit card to pay the ETA Sri Lanka fee.
  • Current email address to receive the approved Sri Lanka Tourist Electronic Travel Authorization.

Countries Eligible for Sri Lanka

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter Sri Lanka

Countries Eligible for Sri Lanka

  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Application Steps

Application Steps

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Other Visas

In addition to granting travel authorization for tourism, the Sri Lanka ETA is also available for purposes of business or to transit to an onward destination.

Sri Lanka Business ETA Information

The Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Business visa allows the holder to visit the country for business purposes. These include attending a conference, workshop, seminar or symposium, to participate in meetings or contract negotiations, or to complete short training courses.

Eligible citizens may also take part in art, music, dance, or religious events under the business ETA Sri Lanka.

The ETA for Business allows eligible citizens to spend up to 30 days in the country. It is is a double entry travel authorization, and is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

Like the tourist ETA, it may be obtained through the simple and straightword Sri Lanka ETA visa online form. When applying, it is necessary to select ‘business’ as the purpose of the stay.

The Sri Lanka Business ETA requirements are largely similar to those of the tourism ETA. However, applicants must also supply a business invitation letter from a host company in Sri Lanka in order for the authorization to be approved.

Sri Lanka Transit ETA Information

Eligible citizens in transit through Sri Lanka for more than 8 hours need a Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Transit Visa.

The transit ETA for Sri Lanka is a single entry travel authorization that allows eligible citizens to leave the airport transit lounge and transit through Sri Lanka for up to 2 days.

The Sri Lanka ETA visa online for transit is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport.

Eligible applicants are required to complete a Sri Lanka transit ETA online form if intending to travel through the country for more than 8 hours on their way to another destination, or they will not be able to transit through Sri Lanka.

The Transit ETA requirements are largely the same as those for the online authorization for tourism. However, applicants for the ETA for Transit are also required to present a return ticket or proof of onward travel upon arrival at border control in the country.

It may also be necessary to provide proof of a visa or other travel document for the onward destination, if applicable.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Sri Lanka Visa FAQ

  • What is the Sri Lanka ETA?

    The Sri Lanka Tourist ETA is an Electronic Travel Authorization which allows citizens of eligible countries to travel to Sri Lanka for short term stays for touristic purposes.

    The Sri Lanka ETA is also available for business travel, or as a transit ETA, which allows citizens of eligible countries to to stay for up to 2 days while transiting through Sri Lanka to an onward destination.

    Eligible citizens need a ETA for Sri Lanka if in transit through the country if staying in the country for any more than 8 hours.

  • How long is the Sri Lanka ETA valid for?

    The duration of the ETA for Sri Lanka is 6 months from the date of issue.

    The Sri Lanka ETA for tourism and business is a double-entry travel authorization visa that allows for stays up to 30 days during its validity.

    The Sri Lanka ETA for transit is a single-entry travel authorization which allow holders to transit through Sri Lanka for up to 2 days.

  • Who can apply for a Sri Lanka ETA?

    Citizens from all ETA eligible countries can apply for a Sri Lanka ETA online.

    Citizens from all ETA eligible countries are required to apply for a Sri Lanka ETA Transit if their stay in the country exceeds 8 hours and/or the traveler is required to leave the airport transit area to change airports or mode of transportation on their way to an onward destination.

  • Who is eligible for a Sri Lanka ETA?

    Countries eligible for the ETA are able to confirm their eligibility for the ETA using the visa checker at the top of this page.

    The top visitors countries to Sri Lanka are:

    • India
    • China
    • United Kingdom
    • Germany
    • France
    • Australia
    • Russian Federation
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Japan

    Citizens from the Maldives, Seychelles, and Singapore do not require a visa to travel to and enter Sri Lanka

  • How long can I stay in Sri Lanka?

    The ETA Sri Lanka tourist and business visa allows a maximum stay of 30 days in the country.

    The transit ETA permits a total stay of 2 days while transiting through Sri Lanka to another destination.

  • Is the Sri Lankan ETA a single or multiple entry authorization?

    The number of entries allowed with the Sri Lanka ETA depends on the purpose of the visit. The Sri Lanka Tourist ETA is a double entry travel authorization, allowing two entries during its 6 month validity. These conditions also apply to an approved business ETA.

    However, an ETA for transit is a single entry authorization and only permits a single entry during its validity.

  • What ports of entry can be used with the ETA?

    The ETA Sri Lanka allows the holder to enter the country through all ports of entry, whether by air, sea, or land.

  • What are the restrictions of Sri Lanka ETA for tourism?

    The Sri Lanka Tourist ETA is issued for short term stays for tourism purposes, like sightseeing, visiting friends and family, or participating in sporting events, competitions or activities related to cultural performance.

    With an approved Sri Lanka Tourist ETA it is illegal to work, study, or stay in Sri Lanka for a period exceeding 30 days each visit.

  • What business activities are allowed under the Business ETA?

    What business activities are allowed under the Business ETA?

    • The business activities allowed under the Business ETA are:
    • Conferences, workshops, seminars and symposiums
    • Participation in business meetings or negotiations
    • Participation in art, music, dance, or religious events
    • Short term training programs (up to 30 days).
  • Is the ETA Business visa the same as an Investor visa?

    No, the ETA business visa for Sri Lanka is different from the investor visa, or Resident Guest Scheme.

    The Business ETA allows short-term stays of up to 30 days in the country for specific business activities, such as attending conferences, workshops, seminars, and symposiums.

    The Investor Visa allows foreign professionals a long-term stay in Sri Lanka for the purpose of investing in an approved business venture in the country. To qualify for the investor visa, applicants are required to make an initial minimum investment of US $250,000 in a special account in any commercial bank in Sri Lanka.

  • What are the restrictions of the ETA transit visa for Sri Lanka?

    The Sri Lanka Transit ETA allows the traveler a single entry stay of 2 days in the country while transiting to an onward destination.

    With an approved Sri Lanka Transit ETA travelers cannot stay in the country for a period exceeding 2 days, it is also illegal to work or to study.

  • How do I apply for an Sri Lanka ETA Online?

    To apply for an  ETA for Sri Lanka, eligible citizens are required to complete a simple online application with personal details and passport information.

  • What do I need to submit an application?

    To apply online for an ETA for Sri Lanka, it is necessary to have a passport validity for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry from an ETA eligible country. Applicants are also required to pay the visa fee using a valid credit or debit card, and to provide a current email address to receive the approved ETA Sri Lanka in their inbox.

    Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, it is necessary to present a printed copy of the approved Sri Lanka ETA for tourism as well as the passport used during the application. In some cases it may also be necessary to provide proof of sufficient funds for the stay, and if arriving by air return tickets or proof  of onward travel.

  • How long will my Sri Lanka ETA take to process?

    The ETA for Sri Lanka processing time is up to 24 hours after the application is submitted.

    Once the form is submitted applicants will then receive the Sri Lanka ETA approval notice.

    Applicants for the Sri Lanka ETA online should apply at least 2 business days before the intended date date of entry in the country.

  • How will I receive my approved ETA?

    Once approved, a copy of the Sri Lanka ETA is sent to the email address provided during the application.

  • Do I need an Sri Lanka ETA for all my children? Should I include them on my application?

    Minors under the age of 16, included in their parent or guardian’s passport, can be included in their parent or guardian’s application. Children do not need an individual ETA as long as the their details are also included in the adult’s ETA.

    Minors over the age of 16, or those who already have their own passport, must apply for an ETA.

  • What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?

    It is essential to double check all the information provided on the Sri Lanka ETA for tourism form before submitting the online application form. If the details on the ETA visa do not match the passport or travel document used during the application, it may result in delays when boarding the aircraft or be refused entry into Sri Lanka.

    Should there be a mistake on the application after its submission, applicants are required to complete and submit a new Sri Lanka ETA for tourism application form.

  • How much does the Sri Lanka ETA visa cost?

    The Sri Lanka application fee is $35. However, countries that are in the Union of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have an ETA application government fee of $25.

    The ETA Business visa Sri Lanka government fee is $40, payable with a valid credit or debit card.
    However, countries that are in the Union of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have an ETA business application government fee of $35.

    Eligible citizens can apply online for the ETA Sri Lanka for transit completely free of charge.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the Sri Lanka tourist ETA?

    Applicants are required to print at least 1 copy of the tourist, business, or transit ETA for Sri Lanka to present to border authorities upon arrival in the country. Travelers are also advised to keep a copy of the Sri Lanka ETA for tourism, business, or transit with them at all times throughout their stay.

  • Once granted, can I cancel my tourist ETA for Sri Lanka?

    Once the ETA for Sri Lanka has been submitted and approved, the applicant will continue to hold an approved ETA.

  • Do I need travel or health insurance to be granted a Sri Lanka ETA?

    A medical insurance is not an obligatory requirement to apply for an ETA for Sri Lanka.

    Citizens of the following countries must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate at the port of entry to Sri Lanka to comply with International health Regulations: Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gabon, French Guiana, Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, Togo, Tanzania, United Republic of Uganda, Venezuela.

  • How can I check or verify the status of my application?

    Applicants can check visa status for the ETA for Sri Lanka on the government website. Applicants will be required to provide their passport number, nationality, and the Confirmation Code sent after the application is submitted to check the visa verification.

  • Once in Sri Lanka, can I apply for the ETA?

    No, travelers eligible for the Sri Lanka tourist ETA are required to obtain travel authorization before traveling to the country.

  • What happens if I do not receive my Sri lanka ETA approval notice?

    Once applicants submit their tourist ETA Sri Lanka application, they will receive a confirmation email. Applicants who do not receive this message in their main inbox are advised to first check their Junk or Spam mailbox.

  • Can I obtain a tourist visa on arrival?

    Eligible citizens for an ETA Tourist, may only apply for a tourist visa on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport  in Colombo, however this will require standing in line upon arrival in Sri Lanka, and waiting for the visa on arrival to be processed.

    Also the following countries will require an approved Tourist ETA before traveling to Sri Lanka: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria.

  • Can I apply for my ETA transit visa on arrival to Sri Lanka?

    A Sri Lanka Transit visa on arrival is only available to travelers arriving at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. However, there is a Sri Lanka ETA Transit On arrival service fee of $5, as opposed to the free online application.

  • Is it possible to extend my Sri Lanka transit eVisa?

    The Sri Lanka ETA for transit cannot be extended. It is only valid for a 2 day stay in the country while transiting to an onward destination. Eligible citizens who wish to remain in the country for a period exceeding the 2-day stay, should apply for a Sri Lanka ETA for tourism or business before traveling, or for a visa on arrival once in Sri Lanka.

  • Do I need a letter of invitation to obtain Sri Lanka Business ETA?

    An invitation letter will not be necessary to complete the application process. However, the applicant will be required to provide information regarding their current employer and the company the applicant will be visiting in Sri lanka.

  • Is it possible to extend my Sri Lanka ETA?

    It is possible to obtain a Sri Lanka business ETA extension of up to 90 days from the date of arrival, and a further 90 days once the first extension expires, summing up to 180 days from the date of arrival.
    An application must be submitted to the Visa Section of the Department of Immigration in Sri Lanka before the initial ETA authorization expires.
    The tourist ETA and ETA for transit cannot be extended. Once they expire, it will be necessary to submit a new application online to continue to travel to Sri Lanka.

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