All travellers to Sri Lanka are required to apply for a visa or ETA Sri Lanka, except for holders of passports issued by Sri Lanka, Singapore, the Maldives or the Seychelles. The ETA/e-visa is suited for travellers with business or tourist travel purposes.
What is the ETA Sri Lanka/e-visa?
The ETA is the electronic variant of the Sri Lanka visa, basically making it an e-visa. ETA stands for Electronic Travel Authorization; it is issued by the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Colombo. It’s meant for short business trips or holidays (less than 30 days, read more about the validity or extending the validity to 90 days). The ETA Sri Lanka can be applied for easily, quickly and safely online. By making use of the ETA, it’s not necessary to run through the complicated visa procedure through the embassy or the Sri Lanka consulate.
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Who is the ETA meant for?
The ETA is meant for tourists (1), business travellers (2), medical travellers (3) and travellers transferring at an airport in Sri Lanka (4).
1. Under tourism is understood:
- Going on a holiday
- Taking part in sporting events and (other) competitions
- Taking part in culture-related activities
- Visiting family or friends
2. Under business trips are understood: taking part in:
- Meetings and negotiations
- Conferences, workshops and seminars
- Short training programs (less than 30 days)
- Art, music or dance-related events
- Religious events
3. Under medical reasons are understood:
- Travellers going to Sri Lanka for, for example, Yoga or ayurveda
- Travellers undergoing specialist medical treatment
4. Under transfers are understood:
- Changing flights/transits on airports in Sri Lanka
- Travellers can remain in Sri Lanka for a maximum of 48 hours during their transfer
Who is an ETA not meant for
An ETA is not meant for:
- Journalists and producers of media productions
- Persons that want to take part in media or journalism-related events, including gatherings, conferences, seminars and political gatherings
- Persons that want to perform activities for or in cooperation with NGOs
- Persons possessing a passport issued by Singapore, The Maldives or the Seychelles
- Crew members of a plane or ship with which the trip to Sri Lanka is made
- Persons who already possess a Sri Lanka visa (this must first expire or be cancelled)
- Persons already in Sri Lanka (regardless if an ETA has (ever) been granted)
The application procedure
For an application you only need to fill in the application form, make the payment and wait until the approval has been confirmed by e-mail. It’s not necessary to upload or send documents, such as passport photos, passports or copies of those. It’s also not necessary to have already booked a flight ticket before applying for an e-visa. Before you start the application, read all of the Sri Lanka visa requirements.
After approval the e-visa is sent by e-mail to the applicant. Inside is a link to a secured part of this website, where the e-visa can be downloaded. This has to then be printed out (in black and white or colour). Each traveller is required to keep the e-visa with their passport and take it with them to Sri Lanka. It’s not necessary to apply it directly to the passport.
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Apply for yourself, another, or a group
You can submit an application for yourself or for someone else. It is also possible to apply for ETAs for multiple persons at once with a single application form, for example for a family or other travel company. For this, the applicant does need to possess the passport information and oral permission of all persons for whom an ETA is applied for.
The Sri Lanka visa cost
For tourists, the ETA/e-visa costs £44.95 per traveller. The price for a business visa is £10.00. Urgent applications are granted faster (average in 23 minutes), for an added fee of £17.50 per traveller. Do you want to know what the costs are made up of? Read the page about the cost and payment methods.