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Sri Lanka ETA for United Kingdom Citizens

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The Government of Sri Lanka introduced an electronic travel authorization (ETA) in 2012 to replace a standard visa. This ETA for Sri Lanka grants foreign visitors from the UK a stay of a month in the country.

The Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization is valid for 6 months from the date it is issued. British travelers can use it to enter Sri Lanka for business, tourism, or transiting through. This online travel authorization is compatible with the border controls at any international airport and seaport in Sri Lanka.

Types of Sri Lanka ETAs for British Visitors

UK nationals can choose between different types of Sri Lanka ETAs to suit their travel needs. The Sri Lankan visa policy details the following three:

  • Tourist ETA for Sri Lanka – UK tourists can use this travel authorization to visit Sri Lanka for leisure and relaxation. It is valid for 6 months and grants a dual entry, where Britishers can enter Sri Lanka twice during these allowed 6 months. The maximum number of days they are allowed during each stay is 30 days.
  • Sri Lanka Business ETA – British professionals can visit Sri Lanka for business meetings, investment opportunities, and professional events. It is also valid for 6 months and allows a maximum stay of 30 consecutive days maximum per visit. The difference with the Tourist ETA is that it allows multiple visits during the ETA’s validity period.
  • Sri Lanka Transit ETA – UK travelers can apply for a transit ETA if they have a stopover in Sri Lanka en route to a third destination and need to depart the airport in between their flights. It is valid for 6 months and grants a single entry. The conditions are that their stopover does not exceed 48 hours. In case it does, we recommend they apply for the Tourist or Business ETA.

The process to apply for a Sri Lanka ETA is done entirely online and, unlike traditional visas, does not require the applicant to visit an embassy. However, UK nationals who need to stay in Sri Lanka for over a month consecutively or plan to relocate for a more stable period of time for employment or academic reasons are recommended to schedule a visit at the Sri Lankan embassy in London to enquire which travel authorization suits them more.

What are the Sri Lanka ETA Requirements for UK Citizens?

We recommend British passport holders to read through the visa requirements for UK nationals before proceeding to the application form. The Electronic Travel Authorization is available by completing an online form that usually takes 15 to 20 minutes per applicant. UK travelers must check they meet the following ETA requirements before logging on:

  • Possess a United Kingdom passport valid for 6 months on their arrival date
  • Have A valid debit or credit card to pay for the application fee
  • Provide a regularly used email address for their registration

The validity of the passport is a paramount consideration. UK citizens with a passport with an upcoming expiration (6 months or less when they reach Sri Lanka) will do well to renew it before ETA application. We also recommend they register with an email id they frequently use. All communications related to their ETA request plus its issuance will be carried out by email only. Lastly, we recommend the bank card they want to use for payment has clearance for international digital transactions.

How Do UK Citizens Apply for the Sri Lanka ETA?

Once travelers have gathered the required documents mentioned above, they are now ready to apply for British citizens’ Sri Lanka ETA.

The process is done entirely online by filling out the Sri Lanka ETA application form. When filling out the form, applicants will be asked questions about their personal information, passport data, and contact information. Some of the questions on the Sri Lanka ETA application include the following:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Gender
  • Residence
  • Email address
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Passport issue date and expiration date
  • Purpose of visit

Before submitting the application, British travelers are encouraged to go through the form and double-check to make sure the information is accurate and spelled correctly.

Applicants traveling with family should note that children under 16 can be included on the parent’s application as long as they are listed under the parent’s or guardian’s passport. Those over 16 and who have their own passport will need to apply separately for their individual ETA.

Lastly, the application process is concluded with the payment of the ETA fee. All major international cards are accepted. As mentioned above, British applicants should simply ensure their cards are activated for online payments and carry sufficient funds to cover the total cost.

How will UK Citizens receive their Sri Lanka ETA?

Once UK passport holders have submitted their ETA request, the Sri Lankan government evaluates their application. The analysis takes up to 3 days, after which UK applicants will receive a confirmation email with their approved ETA attached.

Upon receipt, we recommend Britishers to print out a copy and keep it securely with the rest of their travel documents. We also recommend submitting their application 20 business days before their intended arrival date to account for possible busy touristic periods in the future.

Traveling to Sri Lanka with the ETA from Britain

British citizens with the ETA are legally authorized to travel to Sri Lanka. As mentioned previously, the ETA is compatible with border controls at any international airport or seaport. They should plan both their arrival and departure to meet the allowed 30 days period and use the ETA within 6 months of issuance.

When they reach Sri Lanka, they must present the following documents and information at border controls:

  • UK passport
  • A printed copy of the approved ETA
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay
  • Proof of onward travel such as a return or outbound ticket

ETA extensions for UK nationals in Sri Lanka

If for any reason, UK visitors need to prolong their stay in Sri Lanka, they can request an extension at the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration in Colombo.

Visa on Arrival for UK travelers in Sri Lanka

British citizens are eligible to receive a Visa on Arrival when they reach Sri Lanka. They must note that this option, for the time being, is only available at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and often includes waiting for long hours, sometimes after a long flight. The Sri Lankan ETA is a much more preferred and convenient travel authorization for British visitors.

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