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Sri Lanka Visa Application ETA

Sri Lanka Visa Information

Sri Lanka visa is an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) document, introduced in 2012 by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka, which allows citizens of eligible countries a 30-day stay in Sri Lanka for tourism and business purposes.

There are three types of Sri Lanka ETA: business visa, tourist visa, transit visa.

Citizens of eligible countries are required to apply for a visa to Sri Lanka through the online application form.

The average processing time of Sri Lanka ETA online is just 24 hours from submitting your application.

The cost of the application is 69 EUR (for all types of Sri Lanka Visa).

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 is a double-entry online visa for tourism purposes and allows a 30-day stay in total
  • Business Visa 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:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla (UK)
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba (NL)
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands (UK)
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Channel Islands (UK)
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (DK)
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar (UK)
  • Glorioso Islands (FR)
  • Greece
  • Greenland (DK)
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe (FR)
  • Guam (US)
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong (SAR)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man (UK)
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Jan Mayen (NO)
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, South
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau (SAR)
  • Macedonia (North)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique (FR)
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte (FR)
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat (UK)
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Navassa Island (US)
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles (NL)
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Niue (NZ)
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paracel Islands (CN)
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands (UK)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico (US)
  • Qatar
  • Reunion (FR)
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena (UK)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard (NL)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tokelau (NZ)
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City (Holy See)
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wake Island (US)
  • Wallis and Futuna (FR)
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 69 Euro.
  3. Check your inbox. ETA to Sri Lanka will be delivered to the your email box in PDF form within a maximum of 72 hours!

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.

Validity period

Tourism and Business ETAs stay valid for 6 months (180 days) from the issue date. Both permits allow two entries to Sri Lanka and a total of 30 days spend in the country.

Please note! The second entry to Sri Lanka must take place within 30 days from the first one.

Thetransit 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.

Transit information

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.

Sri Lanka Visa

Required Documents

  • Electronic Travel Authorization applicants should prepare avalid passport before making their application.
  • Each applicant will be asked to provide their personaltravel, 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.

Important Information

  • 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 processThere are three easy steps to get your ETA to Sri Lanka. Any issues during the application process 
  • Qualified team of expertsA qualified team double-checks each application to ensure successful approval.
  • Guarantee of serviceIf an application is unable to be processed, reimbursement is provided according to the conditions set out by our Terms of Service

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FAQ about the Sri Lanka ETA

  • What is the Sri Lanka ETA or e-Visa?

    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.

  • Do I need an Visa for Sri Lanka?

    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.

  • Do children need an ETA for Sri Lanka?

    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.

  • What documents do I need for an e-Visa to Sri Lanka?

    To complete the online visa application form correctly, make sure to prepare a valid passport. 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 is to have a valid passport and an active email address.

  • How much does a Sri Lanka ETA cost?

    ETA to Sri Lanka costs 69 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.

  • How to apply for a Sri Lanka visa online?

    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.

  • How long does it take to get the electronic Sri Lanka visa?

    Sri Lankan e-Visa processing time can take up to 72 hours (3 business days). Although the average processing time is just 23 hours, make sure to submit your application at least 3 business days in advance of your planned entry to Sri Lanka.

  • How will I receive the approved online visa for 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.

  • Do I need to print my ETA to Sri Lanka?

    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.

  • How long can I stay in Sri Lanka with an e-Visa?

    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 Sri Lanka for up to 2 days.

  • How long is an ETA for Sri Lanka good for?

    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.

  • Can I extend my stay in Sri Lanka with an ETA?

    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!

  • Can I get an e-Visa on arrival in Sri Lanka?

    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.

  • What can I do if my electronic Sri Lanka visa is denied?

    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 onlineFill out basic information on your citizenship and purpose for travel
  • Fill out the remaining required information and make online paymentWe accept both credit and debit cards and other convenient methods of payment.
  • Check your emailOnce your payment is confirmed, the ETA will be sent to the email address provided in your application
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