Sri Lanka ETA Visa Application
Sri Lanka Visa Information
Sri Lanka ETA is an Electronic Travel Authorization that was introduced on the 1st of January 2012 by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka to foreigners who wish to enter or transit through Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has introduced the electronic visa system to help international travelers in obtaining the obligatory visa in the most effortless way possible - via an online application.
The ETA allows a double entry into Sri Lanka for 30 days from the date of travel (or until the expiry date, if shorter).
There are three types of Sri Lanka ETA: business visa, tourist visa, and transit visa.
Citizens of the eligible countries must apply for a visa to Sri Lanka through an online application form.
The average processing time of Sri Lanka ETA online is just 24 hours from submitting the application. Whereas, the cost of one application is 99 EUR or 129 EUR depending on type of eVisa.
The Sri Lankan Government requires every incoming visitor to complete a Sri Lanka Arrival Card within 7 days of their scheduled arrival.
The Sri Lankan authorities will issue a confirmation and it will be delivered to you via email. The Arrival Card will be automatically linked with your passport.
Sri Lanka Visa types
Sri Lanka ETA application can be made for 3 different types. Each one is designed for a different purpose of use. Select the type of entry permit that will be best for your travel needs.
Applicants can choose between:
- Tourist Visa that can be obtained either as a single-entry 180-day or double-entry 30-day online visa
- Business Visa that is a double-entry visa for business purposes and allows a total of 30 days spent in Sri Lanka
- Transit Visa that serves as a 2-day entry visa suitable to use for the purposes of transiting through Sri Lanka on your way to any other final destination
Should you have any questions regarding the available Visa types, please contact our support team via email or phone.
List of eligible countries
See if your country is listed below to find out whether you are eligible to make an online application for the Sri Lanka ETA:
- American Samoa
- Anguilla (UK)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Aruba (NL)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Virgin Islands (UK)
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands (UK)
- Central African Republic
- Channel Islands (UK)
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- East Timor
- Equatorial Guinea
- Eswatini (Swaziland)
- Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (DK)
- Gibraltar (UK)
- Glorioso Islands (FR)
- Greenland (DK)
- Guadeloupe (FR)
- Guam (US)
- Hong Kong (SAR)
- Isle of Man (UK)
- Jan Mayen (NO)
- Korea, South
- Macau (SAR)
- Macedonia (North)
- Marshall Islands
- Martinique (FR)
- Mayotte (FR)
- Montserrat (UK)
- Navassa Island (US)
- Netherlands Antilles (NL)
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Niue (NZ)
- Papua New Guinea
- Paracel Islands (CN)
- Pitcairn Islands (UK)
- Puerto Rico (US)
- Reunion (FR)
- Russian Federation*
- Saint Helena (UK)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Svalbard (NL)
- Tokelau (NZ)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- Vatican City (Holy See)
- Wake Island (US)
- Wallis and Futuna (FR)
- Western Sahara
Should your country not be listed above, you will need to apply for a regular visa at the closest Sri Lankan Embassy.
Please note! Citizens of Seychelles, Singapore, and the Maldives can enter Sri Lanka visa-free.
*Countries marked with '*' are temporarily exempt from visa requirements. They can travel to Sri Lanka visa-free until March 31, 2024.
Sri Lanka Visa application form online
All you need to submit your visa application online is a valid passport and any kind of working device with an internet connection. Visit our website and follow a simple 3-step application process.
Sri Lanka Visa application guide:
- Use the panel on the left to choose the purpose of your travel to Sri Lanka. Put the basic personal data in the application form along with your travel and passport details. Make sure there are no errors and move on to the next step.
- Make an online payment using your credit/ debit card, PayPal, PayU, or any other method of payment from several available on our website. The processing fee is 99 Euro or 129 Euro depending on type of eVisa to be issued.
- Check your inbox. ETA to Sri Lanka will be delivered to your email box in PDF form within a a few days!
Please note! The average processing time when using our services is just 23 hours! Online visas to Sri Lanka can be processed within less than a day. However, apply at least 3 business days in advance of your planned arrival.
Tourism and Business ETAs stay valid for 6 months (180 days) from the issue date. Tourism ETA can be issued either for a 180-day single-entry or a double-entry visa for 30-day stays. Business ETA is a single-entry visa permitting a stay of 30 days in Sri Lanka.
Please note! The second entry to Sri Lanka must take place within 30 days from the first one.
The transit ETA is also valid for 6 months; however, the holders can stay in the country for up to 2 days to reach their final destination. Thus, the time of your layover may take up to 48 hours.
Anyone transiting through Sri Lanka to another country must make an e-Visa application prior to their visit to Sri Lanka.
Enter Sri Lanka with the transit ETA and stay in the country for up to 2 days. All you need to apply for your visa online is a valid passport!
Visa on arrival
The customs officials in Sri Lanka will check if each traveler has a valid passport.
Please remember to check if your passport will not expire for the next 6 months from the planned trip.
Apply for your ETA online and present your passport and visa on arrival in Sri Lanka. Since ETA link directly to the applicant's passport, the approved document does not need to be printed.
Sri Lanka ETA Sample
The application can be submitted using any working device with an internet connection. Moreover, the average processing time is just 23 hours! Check how the delivered entry permit will look like by finding the Sri Lanka Visa sample below.
- Electronic Travel Authorization applicants should prepare avalid passport before making their application.
- Each applicant will be asked to provide their personal, travel, and passport details.
- Make sure that you have an active email address onto which ETA to Sri Lanka will be sent.
Requirements are elementary!
All you have to do is grab your valid passport and make an application within minutes from home.
- Online visa applications should be made at least 3 business days before traveling to Sri Lanka
- The electronic Sri Lanka visa can be used for tourism, business, and transit purposes
- ETA or e-Visa is not a working permit
- Each applicant must have a passport that will stay valid for 6 months from the planned date of arrival in Sri Lanka
- ETA is a double-entry permit and allows travelers to stay in Sri Lanka for up to 30 days in total
- transit ETA enables its holders to stay in Sri Lanka for up to 2 days
- ETA can be extended for up to 6 months only after arrival. Please contact the official Department of Immigration to extend your stay
Benefits of Evisa Express
- Easy application process
- Qualified team of experts
- Guarantee of service
FAQ about the Sri Lanka ETA
Sri Lanka ETA or e-Visa is an official Electronic Travel Authorization for a visit to Sri Lanka and it can be handled entirely online. Application takes just a few minutes to be completed and can be done even using a phone. Sri Lankan ETA serves as an online tourist, business, or transit visa.
All you have to do to check if you need to apply for the Sri Lankan Visa online is to see if your country of citizenship is listed as eligible for ETA. Citizens of Seychelles, Singapore, and the Maldives may stay in Sri Lanka visa-free.
Yes, ETA is an obligatory entry permit to have upon traveling to Sri Lanka. Applications for all underage travelers should be submitted by their parents or guardians.
To complete the online visa application form correctly, make sure to prepare a valid passport. An electronic visa is necessary to have to enter Sri Lanka. Whether you choose to apply for a tourist or transit e-Visa or need to visit Sri Lanka for a business trip, all requirements to meet for applicants are to have a valid passport and an active email address.
ETA to Sri Lanka costs 99 Euro or 129 Euro. All applicants can choose from several online payment methods to cover the online visa processing fee. You can use your credit card, debit card, PayPal, PayU, or any other method of payment.
First, check if you meet the requirements, all applicants should have valid passports. Next, choose the purpose of your travel (tourist, business trip, or a transit one). Fill the application form with your data and make an online payment. Now, wait for your approved e-Visa to be delivered to your email box.
Sri Lankan e-Visa processing time can take a few days. Make sure to submit your application at least 3 business days in advance of your planned entry to Sri Lanka.
Once your online visa application gets approved, you will receive it at the email address provided in the application form. The electronic visa arrives in PDF version and is directly linked to applicants' passports. Make sure to use an email address that you have access to.
Transit, business, and tourist ETA permits allow its holders to enter Sri Lanka two times within the validity period. Sri Lankan e-Visas are linked to travelers' passports; however, you may print it out just in case. The customs officials will check if you have a valid ETA with you.
Sri Lankan e-Visa holders are allowed to stay for 30 days total. The electronic visa serves as a double-entry permit for business and tourist visits. Please note! The online transit visa holders are allowed to stay in Sri Lanka for up to 2 days.
Sri Lankan ETA stays valid for 6 months (180 days) from the date of issue. All travelers should have their valid passports upon arrival, as your online visa is directly linked to your travel document.
Yes, all ETA permits can be extended for up to 6 months. Online visas can be extended after arriving in Sri Lanka. Contact the official Immigration Office to learn more about the system of electronic visas extension and prolong your stay!
An e-Visa on arrival is available to obtain for all travelers. However, to avoid the long lines at the airport and ensure a quick entry to Sri Lanka, apply for your ETA a few days in advance of your travel. Applications are usually processed within 23 hours and arrive at the applicant's email address.
Our support team is available to all travelers whose applications were not approved. Make sure all the data provided was correct; if so, contact our support team via email or phone to further discuss your situation or to ask any questions you may have.
Three easy steps to get your ETA
- Apply online
- Fill out the remaining required information and make an online payment
- Check your email