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:
- 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
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.
Benefits of Evisa Express
- Easy application process
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Learn more about tourism in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is believed to be the fastest developing country amongst the undeveloped ones. Within the past couple of years, huge investments have been made by foreign entrepreneurs. Plenty of tourists who have revisited Sri Lanka, after a brief period, have managed to notice the remarkable difference that is being made by its citizens every day. The commercial capital of the country, known as Colombo, is now filled with skyscrapers and modern infrastructure. An abundance of new small enterprises and startups are being opened to build the country's new economy. Great restaurants were opened in the town's most significant monuments and are being recognized for their quality all over the world. Sri Lanka is, for sure, no longer only a land of ancient sculptures.
This region of Asia, located in the Indian Ocean, has a vast history that has left great cultural and architectural heritage. The diversification makes this rather small country extremely attractive to tourists. Sri Lanka is often being appreciated due to the number of Buddhist temples spread across the country. In the island's heart, plenty of natural landmarks are being toured by travelers from all over the world. Sri Lanka has been a vital trader point between Europe and Asia for centuries. Their main export product remains the same: cinnamon, which has originated from Sri Lanka. Partaking in transporting spices between Asia and Europe had a massive impact on Sri Lankan cuisine. The remains of the Indian, Dutch, English, and Portuguese influence can still be spotted. After a trip to one of the famous Sri Lankan tea plantations or a hike, you can rest at one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the whole region.
Here you can find 5 handy tips before you book your flight or visit to Sri Lanka.
- 1. Choose the right season.
Sri Lanka is one of the countries experiencing the monsoon season annually. The most recommended part of the year to visit for tourists is from December to April. This way, you will avoid spending your vacation on a tropical island hiding in a hotel from pouring rain if you are traveling to Sri Lanka on a budget you should unquestionably consider visiting from September to November. The weather is still rewarding, but the majority of hotels drop their prices by around 25-30% since the occupation is not that high.
- 2. Respect the local customs while exploring the temples
One of the primary reasons tourists decide to visit Sri Lanka is because of its majestic temples. The grand number of sculptures, of gods such as Buddha, will be amongst the ones most commonly captured on your vacation. One of the most relevant rules, while preparing for visiting a temple is to dress humbly. When it comes to women, it is expected to cover the arms area and wear at least a knee-long skirt, dress, or shorts. Men should consider wearing trousers instead of shorts and a shirt instead of a T-shirt. When you arrive there, don't expect to get inside through the main entrance since, in Buddism, it's believed that only gods use the main entry. Casually the entrance is located on the left side of a temple and the exit on the right. Don't be surprised once you will be requested to take off your shoes while entering this sacred structure. Always remember to face the Buddha statue while taking pictures, since any way is considered to be inappropriate and disrespectful. And last but definitely not least, if you are going to see a table with food on it- don't touch it. It is believed that only gods are worthy of eating it.
- 3. Apply for a Sri Lankan visa online
While you are considering traveling to such a distant tropical country, you have most likely expected a complex process of applying for a visa. The government of Sri Lanka has provided visitors with the exact opposite. The whole process can be finished online, and it will only take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. It is relevant to apply within 48 h since the Sri Lankan government requests that much time to grant an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation). To use an online process, you don't need scans of any documents. Once you receive a confirmation of your ETA being approved, you don't need to print it out. The travel authorization to enter Sri Lanka is electronically assigned to the passport number you have used while applying for it. For more details and a simplified application process, read the information on this website.
- 4. Use trains to commute
Sri Lankan blue train ride has almost become the destination in itself. The remarkable views granted on the route from Kandy to Ella cannot be missed during a trip to Sri Lanka. But the railways are also the most convenient method of commuting on the island. It is the most inexpensive method that will allow you to get to know the local society. This safe and comfortable method is perfect for backpackers but also for those who don't want to spend hours in traffic during their annual vacation. While traveling through Sri Lanka with a train, you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the outstanding views with your friends and family.
- 5. Pack light but wisely!
If you didn't already know, exploring Sri Lanka to the fullest requires hours of hike and wandering. This is why packing a pair of steady shoes is unquestionably a must. If you are planning to explore the woods and less touristic sights, pack a raincoat. Sri Lanka has a tropical climate, so even if you are visiting outside of the monsoon season, it might come in handy. Amongst the most relevant items, that cannot be forgotten are obviously a bottle of suncream, a hat, and a pair of sunglasses. While visiting this country you have to visit the remarkable beaches and go on the whale watching trip on a boat. A suncream and a hat will prevent you from any unwanted health issues and will allow you to enjoy your stay to the fullest. While packing, keep in mind that even if you are planning on avoiding extreme routes, you will have to travel a lot during your stay. Try avoiding taking heavy and unnecessary objects that will only downgrade your comfort.
Three easy steps to get your eVisa
- Apply online
- Fill out remaining required information and make online payment
- Check your email