Sri Lanka ETA for New Zealand Citizens

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The Government of Sri Lanka introduced an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) in 2012 to facilitate foreign visits. It grants selected nationals, including New Zealand passport holders, entry into the country for short-term stays without needing a visa.

The Sri Lanka ETA is an online travel authorization available through a simple application process that takes approximately less than 30 minutes to complete. Visitors can apply from the comfort of their homes and no longer need to visit an embassy or consular office for a travel permit.

Do New Zealand Visitors need an ETA for Sri Lanka?

Yes, the Sri Lankan visa policy lists the nationalities authorized to enter the country with an approved ETA, which activities they can carry out, and how long they can stay in the country. New Zealand nationals are eligible citizens and can choose between the following types of ETAs to enter Sri Lanka:

  • Sri Lanka Tourist ETA: New Zealander tourists can travel to Sri Lanka for leisure, relaxation, and cultural visits. Once granted, this ETA is valid for 6 months. New Zealanders can enter Sri Lanka twice during this period and stay for up to 30 consecutive days during each stay.
  • Sri Lanka Business ETA: Professionals from New Zealand can enter Sri Lanka for business meetings, corporate events, or conferences. Like the Tourist ETA, it is valid for 6 months upon approval. It grants multiple entries where New Zealanders can stay for up to a month consecutively in the country during each visit.
  • Sri Lanka Transit ETA: New Zealand travelers who are transiting through Sri Lanka can apply for the Transit ETA if they would like to temporarily exit the airport during their stopover. It is valid for 180 days and allows a single-entry into the country. To be granted one, they must provide proof that their onward ticket leaves 48 hours or sooner after their arrival. If their stopover is longer than 2 days, we recommend applying for either the Tourist or the Business ETA to match their travel needs.

The ETA for Sri Lanka is a visa-waiver that usually covers most travel needs for New Zealanders visiting the country for a short term. However, if New Zealand passport holders need to travel to Sri Lanka for other reasons such as full-time employment or studies or need to stay for longer than a month consecutively, we recommend scheduling an appointment at the Sri Lankan Consulate in Wellington for further details.

Sri Lanka ETA Requirements for New Zealand Citizens

Before applying for the ETA, we recommend reading through the visa requirements for New Zealanders. These detail the conditions they must meet to travel abroad. The most important requirements they must meet for the Sri Lankan Electronic Travel Authorization are the following:

  • Possessing a New Zealand Passport valid for 6 months on their arrival date in Sri Lanka
  • Registering with a frequently used email address where they will receive their approved ETA
  • Using a debit or credit card to pay the processing fee

New Zealander travelers with a passport set to expire in less than 6 months on the date they reach Sri Lanka must send it for renewal at their earliest convenience and before initiating their application. We also recommend they check their bank cards have been previously activated for online payments, and they register with an email address they frequently use since all communications will be exclusively online.

Application Process for the Sri Lanka ETA For New Zealand Nationals

Once New Zealanders confirm they meet the requirements, they can proceed to the Sri Lanka ETA form. The form is a quick and simple online questionnaire that can usually be completed in 30 minutes. They will have to provide personal information as well as passport details. Some of the basic questions include the following:

  • Full name
  • Citizenship
  • Gender
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Personal address
  • Email id
  • Phone number
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport issuing country
  • Passport expiry date
  • Reason for visit

Any visiting party traveling to Sri Lanka from New Zealand with minors must note the ETA conditions for underage citizens. If any minor is under 16 years on the date they reach Sri Lanka and shares the same passport as one of their parents or legal guardians, they can submit a joint application. On the other hand, if they are over 16 years or have their own individual passport, they will need to apply for a separate Sri Lankan ETA.

New Zealander passport holders conclude the ETA request by paying the processing fee. As mentioned above, we recommend they confirm their bank card has been previously activated for online payments and with sufficient funds.

How long does it take to get an ETA for Sri Lanka for New Zealand Visitors?

The Sri Lankan government evaluates all the forms received, and within 24 hours, all applicants receive their approved ETA in a confirmation email. We recommend New Zealand applicants to print out a copy as soon as they receive it and keep it next to their travel documents. We also recommend they complete their ETA request 2 business days or more before their arrival to account for possible busy touristic periods.

Traveling to Sri Lanka with the ETA from New Zealand

New Zealand nationals with the approved ETAs are authorized to travel to the country. They must note that the ETA grants them entry through any international airports and seaports, offering them sufficient flexibility to meet their travel requirements. They should also plan their arrival and departure tickets to comply with the allowed number of days per visit (30) and arrive and leave within the approved 180 days of the ETA’s validity.

Upon reaching border controls, they must submit the following documentation and information for inspection:

  • New Zealand passport (must be the same one used during the application process)
  • A printed copy of their Sri Lanka ETA
  • Proof of onward travel (return of outgoing ticket)
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover their visit

If during their visit, any New Zealander national needs to prolong their stay, they can request for an ETA extension at the Immigration Office in Colombo.

Visa on Arrival for Sri Lanka Available to Visitors from New Zealand

New Zealanders are amongst the nationalities who can obtain a visa on arrival if they have not had the chance to request the ETA before their travel. However, this option is only available at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, where arrivals must queue (sometimes for a long time) after an intercontinental flight. The Electronic Travel Authorization to visit Sri Lanka is a more convenient and preferred entry permit for New Zealand citizens.

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