Sri Lanka ETA for Australian Citizens

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The Sri Lankan government introduced the Sri Lanka ETA in 2012 to facilitate international travelers’ arrival for temporary visitors. It grants various nationalities, including Australians, to visit Sri Lanka with an electronic travel authorization.

The Sri Lankan Electronic Travel Authorization is a convenient visa waiver for Australian passport holders who wish to visit Sri Lanka for tourism, business, or transit onward to a third country. Australian citizens can submit their application in less than 20 minutes which can be done from the comfort of their home. They no longer need to schedule an appointment at an embassy or consular office and request a visa in person. The simplified process is quick and easy and only requires a few documents.

What is the Sri Lanka ETA for Australian Citizens?

The Sri Lanka ETA visa policy states the advantages and main features this online visa waiver offers to foreign visitors. As mentioned above, Australians can use it for tourism, business, or transit. Australian tourists coming to Sri Lanka are granted a double-entry, whereas those traveling on business are allowed multiple entries. Both are allowed a stay of up to 30 days during each visit for business or tourism. Once granted, it is valid for 6 months (180 days), offering Australian travelers the flexibility to freely plan their entry and length of visits.

Australian passengers passing by Sri Lanka en route to a third destination can use the Transit ETA to stay up to 48 hours in the country before they proceed with their travel itinerary. Australian visitors can use the ETA to enter Sri Lanka either by air or sea.

Australian citizens must note if they plan to relocate to Sri Lanka for a more extended stay than a month or any other purpose such as full-time employment or higher education must note the ETA does not apply. They must organize an appointment with the Sri Lankan embassy in Canberra for further information.

Sri Lanka ETA Requirements for Australian Passport Holders

Australian travelers must check they meet the Australians’ visa requirements before submitting the online ETA application. The main conditions for them to obtain the ETA for Sri Lanka include the following:

  • An Australian passport with a validity of 6 months on the date of arrival
  • A valid credit or debit card
  • A frequently used email address

Australians with a passport set to expire in less than 180 days on their arrival will need to renew it before their application. They must also check their credit or debit card carries sufficient funds to pay the processing fee and is activated for online payments. Lastly, the Sri Lankan government recommends submitting their ETA form with an email address they frequently use since all the communications will be carried out online.

How to Apply for a Sri Lanka ETA From Australia

Australian citizens can apply for the Sri Lanka ETA by accessing and filling out an online form. They must supply the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Residence
  • Email address
  • Passport number
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport expiry date
  • Purpose of visit

Australian travelers who apply for the Transit ETA must note they must have a departure ticket 48 hours or less after their arrival. If their stay exceeds 2 days, we recommend they apply for the tourist ETA.

After answering all the questions in the ETA form, Australian citizens are advised to check they are correct and match the information published on their travel documents. Once they submit their ETA application, the answers cannot be corrected. Any mistakes could delay their approval or even lead to a rejection of their ETA.

Australian requesters complete the application process for the ETA by paying the processing fee. As mentioned above, we recommend they use a bank card that has been previously activated for online payments and with sufficient funds.

Sri Lankan ETA for Underage travelers from Australia

Australian families planning a visit to Sri Lanka with children must note that any visitor under 16 years and sharing a passport with one of their parents do not need an individual ETA. They can submit a joint application on their behalf for the same travel authorization. Any minors over 16 or with an individual passport, on the other hand, will require an individual ETA.

What is the Processing Time for the Sri Lankan ETA for Australian Applicants?

On average, Australian nationals can expect their ETA for Sri Lanka to be issued within 24 hours. We recommend they submit their application at least 2 days before their intended arrival to account for busy touristic periods.

Once approved, Australian citizens will receive their approved ETAs by email. Upon receipt, they should print out a copy and store it next to their travel documents.

Traveling to Sri Lanka from Australia with the ETA

Australians reaching Sri Lanka must present their printed copies of the ETA along with their passports and submit them for inspection at border controls. It is also essential to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses during their visit. Finally, they should also have a copy of their onwards or return ticket at hand to confirm their stay will comply with the allowed 30 days.

Visa on Arrival for Australian travelers reaching Sri Lanka

Australian visitors can request a visa on arrival when they reach Sri Lanka. They must note that this option is only available at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. This option also entails having to wait for long queues upon landing. The Electronic Travel Authorization for Sri Lanka is the preferred and most convenient option for Australian nationals.

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