It is again possible to travel to Sri Lanka for a holiday in 2023. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are welcome in the country. Taking a COVID-19 test is no longer required to enter the country. Read more about applying for the required visa and about the coronavirus rules for travelling to Sri Lanka.
COVID-19 in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka generally weathered the coronavirus pandemic outbreak well, despite a heavy wave of infections in the summer and autumn of 2021 due to the spread of the Delta variant. Because of this wave of infections, many measures were taken during this period to reduce infection rates. Entry restrictions were introduced for foreigners, and the country also intensified their vaccination campaign. Even with the emergence of the Omicron variant, infection rates remained relatively low compared to those of most western European countries.
Based on these positive developments, the Sri Lankan government decided to gradually ease entry restrictions. On 7 December 2022, the last COVID-19 international travel measures were lifted. This means that in 2023, there are no checks on whether incoming travellers are vaccinated against the coronavirus. Anyone can travel to the country regardless of vaccination status. The testing requirement for unvaccinated travellers has also been lifted.
Preparing for your holiday to Sri Lanka
Very few coronavirus cases have been reported in Sri Lanka since March 2022. As a result, most coronavirus rules in the country have been lifted and the virus no longer plays a meaningful role in the daily life in Sri Lanka. However, this does not mean that there are no longer any health risks. Read the following paragraphs carefully to travel to Sri Lanka well-prepared.
Apply for Sri Lanka visa
Before you travel to Sri Lanka, you must first apply for a visa. You can easily fill in the online visa application form via this website. The visa costs £79.95 per person. Children are also required to have a visa. Once granted, the visa can be easily downloaded and printed. It is not necessary to have an exact departure date at the time you apply for the visa. However, when filling in the Sri Lanka visa application form, you need to enter an expected arrival date. The actual arrival date may be up to 3 months earlier or later.
Apply for the Sri Lanka visa
Are you not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus?
You are fully vaccinated if you have received at least two vaccinations against COVID-19, or one in case you are vaccinated with the Janssen / Johnson & Johnsonʼs vaccine. If you are not fully vaccinated, you currently cannot apply for the visa on this website. However, you are allowed to travel to Sri Lanka. Check with the Sri Lanka embassy how to obtain the required visa for your trip.
Rules for international travellers lifted
As of 7 December 2022, travellers will no longer be checked for proof of vaccination on arrival in Sri Lanka, which means that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may travel to the country. Proof of testing is also no longer required, regardless of vaccination status and age.
Additional measures after arrival in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, it is no longer mandatory to keep your distance or wear a mask. However, to prevent infection with the coronavirus, it is still recommended in 2023 to practice good hygiene measures when necessary. Sri Lankaʼs health ministry, for instance, does advise wearing a mask in indoor public places and on public transport. This is especially advisable to high-risk groups and the unvaccinated. Keep in mind that those who become infected with coronavirus in Sri Lanka must undergo a 7-day quarantine period. This may be done in an accommodation of your choice.
After a long period of border closures because of COVID-19, Sri Lanka is once again issuing tourist visas
What rules apply for the return journey?
The British government cautions against travel to Sri Lanka due to the current economical and political problems. Are you travelling from Sri Lanka back to the UK? All COVID-19 rules for returning travellers have been lifted. This means you do not have to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status. Filling out a passenger locator form is also no longer necessary.
Are you travelling to Ireland? Like the UK, Ireland also lifted all COVID-19 rules for returning travellers. No passenger locator form is required and you also do not need to be tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Disclaimer: Although Sri Lanka is increasingly getting the coronavirus under control, rules can still change quickly. While this page has been compiled with care, it cannot be guaranteed that all the information is complete and up-to-date at all times. Before making any travel plans, you are strongly advised to inquire with your airline, travel agent or tour operator about the rules and measures you should take into account.
e-Visa.co.uk is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the Sri Lanka visa. e-Visa.co.uk acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for a visa directly with the immigration service (52.08 USD per visa, via eta.gov.lk). However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via e-Visa.co.uk, our support centre is available to you 24/7. We also check your application before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 52.08 USD in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as £38.78 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous Sri Lanka visa was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.