Sri Lanka ETA for American Citizens

Electronic Travel Authorization Available
See More Details

The Sri Lankan government introduced the Sri Lankan ETA in 2012 to enable further foreign visits from selected nationalities. US nationals do not need a visa and can visit Sri Lanka simply with this electronic travel authorization.

The Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization, also known as ETA, is fully available online. US passport holders are not required to schedule an appointment at an embassy or consular office. They can comfortably request and obtain t

What Is a Sri Lanka ETA for American Nationals?

The Sri Lankan visa policy details the main features and requirements American passport holders must meet to obtain the ETA. This visa waiver is valid for 180 days from the date of issuance. Americans can use it to visit Sri Lanka for tourism, business, or transiting through any international airport or seaport.

US nationals with the Tourist ETA can enter twice in Sri Lanka, whereas Americans traveling on business are allowed multiple entries. Both permits allow for a maximum stay of a month (30 days) for each visit.

American passengers transiting through Sri Lanka on their way to a third country can request the Transit ETA. The conditions for this online visa waiver are very straightforward. US travelers must confirm their stay does not exceed 48 hours. If their stay is for longer than 2 days, we recommend applying for an alternative ETA.

US passport holders interested in staying in Sri Lanka for longer than a month or planning to relocate for job-seeking purposes or higher education should organize a personal visit to the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington DC for further information. They can also contact a consular office in New York, New Orleans, Honolulu, or Bakersfield based on their location.

Sri Lanka ETA Requirements for American Citizens

US nationals must read through the requirements for international travel for Americans before they proceed to the application form. The requirements for the Sri Lankan ETA for US nationals are straightforward to meet and include the following:

  • A US passport valid for at least 6 months on their arrival date in Sri Lanka
  • A frequently used email id
  • A valid debit or credit card

Once travelers have gathered these items, they can apply for the Sri Lanka ETA. Americans with a passport that will expire in less than 6 months on the date they plan to arrive in Sri Lanka must submit it for renewal before initiating the application process. Likewise, they should note that all communications regarding their request will be carried out online, so we recommend they apply with an email id they frequently use. Lastly, they should check if their credit or debit card has been previously activated for online payments.

Application Process for the Sri Lankan ETA for Americans

American travelers who confirm they meet the ETA requirements can proceed to the online form. The ETA application is a quick and straightforward questionnaire that usually takes 15 to 20 minutes, where they will be required to share the following personal information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Home Address
  • Email id
  • Nationality
  • Purpose of visit
  • Ports of entry and departure

They will next supply the following passport details:

  • Passport number
  • Passport issuance country and date
  • Passport expiry date

American applicants must take care when answering the “purpose of visit” question between tourism or business since each travel authorization allows a different number of entries into Sri Lanka.

American Underage Citizens visiting Sri Lanka

Any traveling party reaching Sri Lanka with minors should note that any visitor aged 16 or less and sharing the same passport with one of their parents or legal guardians is exempt from needing an individual ETA. If they are over 16 years old or have their individual passport, they will need their own individual ETA approved.

Payment of the Sri Lankan ETA for US Applicants

Once US citizens have answered all the questions in the application form, they should verify all of the answers are correct and match the information published on their passports. Any mistake or typo could lead to delays in their evaluation or even a rejection. They will conclude the ETA application process by paying the processing fee.

What is the Processing Time for an ETA for Sri Lanka for US Travelers?

Once American applicants have submitted their request, they will receive an answer within 24 hours. Nevertheless, to account for busy tourist periods, we recommend they send in their form at least 2 days before their arrival. They will receive their approved ETAs by email. Upon receipt, they should print out a copy and keep it next to the rest of their travel documents.

US Visitors reaching Sri Lanka with the approved ETA

American citizens must present a printed copy of their approved ETA at passport controls. They should also provide proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay plus share details of onward travel such as a return or outgoing ticket to another destination.

Likewise, Americans who wish to extend their stay in Sri Lanka past the 30-day limit may apply for an ETA extension. They can obtain it by scheduling a visit to the Sri Lanka Department of Immigration.

Visa on Arrival for American travelers reaching Sri Lanka

US passport holders are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival when they reach Sri Lanka. However, they should note that this entry document can only be obtained at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. It also entails having to queue for long hours, sometimes after a lengthy flight. The Sri Lankan ETA is a much more preferred and convenient travel authorization for US citizens.

Application Steps

Complete online application
Confirm Payment
Receive approved Visa
Apply Online

Country policy

Sri Lanka Visa Policy


Familiarize yourself with the Sri Lanka visa policy and discover the travel requirements for your nationality.

Visa requirements checker

United States
Sri Lanka

Related News

  • Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has reached an agreement with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to implement a “green passport” to facilitate travel between Greece and Israel for those who have been vaccinated. The Greece/Israel “green passport” deal was signed on February 8th during a visit by Mitsotakis to Jerusalem, with Netanyahu confirming that those with

    Read More
  • The government of Sri Lanka has announced that it has reopened its borders to foreign tourists for the first time in 10 months following an entry ban to contain the spread of COVID-19. On January 19th, 2021, the chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Kimarli Fernando, announced that Sri Lankan borders would reopen

    Read More
  • The European Union has announced its intention to create a shared vaccination passport to facilitate travel between member states without the need for travelers to undergo COVID-19 PCR tests or quarantine upon arrival in a destination. Additionally, its use could eventually be expanded to guarantee entry to large gatherings such as musical concerts and sporting

    Read More