eTA for Sri Lanka
eTA for Sri Lanka: Basic Information
In January 2012 Sri Lanka government introduced a new Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Visa for a short visit to Sri Lanka. This system allows you to obtain e- visa without leaving your home. This is a great convenience for all citizens of countries exempt from the obligation to have a regular visa issued by the embassy. This means that a visit to the consulate or embassy is not necessary.
The entire process of applying for travel authorization to Sri Lanka can be done online and the ETA is issued electronically within a maximum of 72 hours from the time the application is submitted. The cost of the application is 69 EUR (for all types of eTA).
- Types of eTA
Tourist eTA – it allows you to travel for tourist purposes, such as vacation, visiting friends or relatives, etc.
Business eTA – it is issued for business purposes, for instance, participation in a conference or business meeting, negotiating commercial contracts, etc.
Transit eTA – it is needed for transit through Sri Lanka.
- List of eligible countries
Citizens from the countries listed below must apply for an eTA in order to travel to Sri Lanka:Albania
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands (UK)
Cayman Islands (UK)
Central African Republic
Channel Islands (UK)
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (DK)
Gibraltar (UK)Glorioso Islands (FR)
Hong Kong (SAR)
Isle of Man (UK)
Jan Mayen (NO)
Navassa Island (US)
Netherlands Antilles (NL)
Papua New Guinea
Paracel Islands (CN)
Pitcairn Islands (UK)
Puerto Rico (US)
Saint Helena (UK)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Vatican City (Holy See)
Wake Island (US)
Wallis and Futuna (FR)
If your country of citizenship is not listed, it is necessary to apply for a standard embassy visa in order to visit Sri Lanka.
Citizens of the following countries are exempt from visa/eTA requirements:
- eTA for Sri Lanka application form
To travel to Sri Lanka it is necessary to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). The whole process can be done online, which means that all you need to do is to complete the form providing passport details, address details and details of your visit to Sri Lanka, such as the planned date of departure and the type of visit. If you choose a business visa, you are required to complete data on the applicant company and a partner company in Sri Lanka. When choosing a transit visa it is necessary to fill the details of the trip, such as the estimated number of days to stay in Sri Lanka and the destination country of travel. A copy of the passport is not required to submit the form, so make sure that all details are provided correctly. In case of any doubts, we will contact the applicant to verify the correctness of the information.
The processing time for an ETA takes approximately 3 business days. The result will be sent electronically to the email address provided in the application. Please note that the process of granting permission to enter Sri Lanka also depends on the operation of the Immigration Office in Sri Lanka and may be extended.
Once you receive your ETA approved, there is no need to print the confirmation. The ETA number will be automatically and electronically assigned to the applicant's passport number, upon arrival in Sri Lanka. All you have to do is to show a valid passport to customs officials.
To complete the application, please use the panel on the left. Choose the type of travel: tourist, business or transit - and enter your citizenship (confirmed in your passport). Click "Apply online" and fill out the form.
- eTA Validity Period
Tourist eTA - it allows two entries to the territory of Sri Lanka. ETA is valid for half a year from the date of issue of the document and allows you to stay there up to 30 days. This means that you must use ETA within 180 days of its issue, while the second entry to Sri Lanka must take place within 30 days of the first entry into Sri Lanka.
Business eTA -it is issued for a period of 6 months and allows for two entries 30-day stays in Sri Lanka. This means that within half a year of issuing the document, you must use ETA to enter the country. During the period of validity of the electronic visa, you can two times visit Sri Lanka, however, the second entry to Sri Lanka must take place within 30 days of the first entry into Sri Lanka.
Transit eTA - it is valid for 6 months from the date of issue of the document. However, it only allows a 2-day stay in Sri Lanka. This means that until the last day of the validity of the document, you can use ETA to enter Sri Lanka.
- eTA Transit Information
If you have a passport issued by an eligible country, you will need an electronic visa for transit travel through Sri Lanka. To do this, choose the ETA transit type, which allows you to enter Sri Lanka once and stay for up to 2 days.
If your country is not on the list, you will need to go to the embassy to get a regular visa.
- Requirements on Arrival
To enter Sri Lanka, all you need to do is to have a valid passport to which electronic travel authorization, or ETA, is assigned to. Upon arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be asked to show your passport to customs officials to verify the data.
To apply for ETA, you will be asked to provide a passport details, attach a copy of your passport or other travel documents.
Please note that the passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the planned date of entry into Sri Lanka.
- It is possible to extend your stay in Sri Lanka to a maximum of half a year. For more information, please contact the Immigration Office of Sri Lanka directly. The stay can be extended only after arriving in Sri Lanka
- The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the planned date of travel to Sri Lanka
- If your passport expires or is changed, it is mandatory to apply for a new ETA to visit Sri Lanka
- ETA is issued only for tourist, business and transit purposes, so it is not possible to work with your ETA. For more information on an employee visa, contact the embassy or consulate.
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