Sri Lanka Arrival Card

The Sri Lanka Arrival Card is an electronic immigration form introduced by the Sri Lankan authorities to facilitate and expedite the formalities for all foreign visitors entering the country by air or sea.

The main idea for the implementation of the online arrival card was to digitalize Sri Lankan immigration services and, at the same time, eliminate the need to fill out any paper forms upon arrival in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan Arrival Card should be completed within 7 days prior to the planned trip. All travelers should simply follow a few very intuitive steps, which require completing a short online form with essential travel and personal details and paying the service fee.

As a result, a confirmation of a successfully completed arrival card will be delivered to the applicant via email. The receipt of the approved Sri Lanka Arrival Card does not need to be printed, as the card will be digitally linked to the traveler's passport. After you arrive in Sri Lanka, you will only need to show your valid passport for verification purposes.

Important: The Sri Lankan Arrival Card does not replace the ETA to Sri Lanka. If you are a national of a non-visa-exempt country, you should complete the online arrival card and apply for a Sri Lana ETA as well.

Who must complete the Sri Lanka Arrival Card

All foreign visitors to Sri Lanka planning to enter the country by air or sea can now complete the Arrival Card prior to the scheduled arrival.

There are no groups of travelers that would be exempt from the requirement to complete the online Arrival Card for Sri Lanka.

When to complete the Arrival Card before traveling to Sri Lanka 

The electronic arrival card for Sri Lanka should be submitted within 7 days preceding the intended arrival in the country. 

Please be aware that you can complete your Sri Lanka Arrival Card earlier via our website. Nevertheless, your application will be processed closer to your travel date.

How to submit the Sri Lanka Arrival Card

In order to submit the Sri Lanka Arrival Card online, make sure to follow this short instruction:

  1. Fill out the online form: Put all the required information (listed below) and double-check it for errors.
  2. Pay the processing fee: Use one of the online payment methods and cover the fee.
  3. Check your email inbox: After covering the payment, make sure to refresh your email address.

The confirmation of the successfully submitted Sri Lanka Arrival Card application will be sent directly to your email address. Printing it out is unnecessary, as your card will be automatically linked with your passport. Upon your arrival in Sri Lanka, your Arrival Card will be verified based on your valid passport.

Requirements to complete the Sri Lanka Arrival Card online

There are only a few requirements that you should meet to complete the Sri Lanka online Arrival Card. Before you start your application, make sure you have the following:

  • a passport that will not expire for a min. of 6 months beyond the date of your intended travel
  • an active email address
  • a valid means of online payment
  • any working electronic device with a stable Internet connection

Information necessary to provide for the Sri Lankan Arrival Card Form

All foreign travelers planning to enter Sri Lanka by sea or air will need to complete the online arrival card by providing certain details, including:

  • name and surname
  • passport number
  • gender
  • date of birth
  • flight number or ship name
  • planned arrival date
  • contact details (email address, phone number)
  • address of place of stay in Sri Lanka
  • purpose of visit (business, conference, education, employment, holiday, medical treatment, migration, official, other)
  • mode of arrival (sea/air)
  • port of arrival and departure

Note: Please bear in mind that the Sri Lanka Arrival Card is a legal document. Submitting false declarations can result in serious consequences such as fines, legal prosecution, confiscation of goods, removal from the country, or even imprisonment. Make sure that all the information provided in the online form is true and up-to-date.

Important information

  • Every traveler, including a minor traveling on a parent's passport, must fill out a separate arrival card before arriving in Sri Lanka (parents or legal guardians should make applications on their behalf)
  • The passport validity must be at least 6 months from the planned arrival date
  • All travelers should strictly adhere to the purpose of the visit they indicated in the online arrival card
  • Should you need any extension for your visa to Sri Lanka, you should get in contact with the Department of Immigration and Immigration in Battaramulla
  • There is no need to print out your Sri Lanka Arrival Card confirmation, as it is automatically linked to your passport

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the Sri Lankan Arrival Card?

    The e-Arrival Card scheme is a new Cambodian system introduced to facilitate immigration formalities upon arrival in the country. The card has replaced the paper Immigration Form, Health Form, and Customs Declarations. Now, all the forms can be submitted via one system.

  • Is the Arrival Card the same as the Sri Lankan ETA?

    No. The Arrival Card and ETA for Sri Lanka are two separate documents. In most cases (if not visa-exempt), foreign travelers should complete both Arrival Card and ETA applications.

  • How to complete the online Arrival Card Sri Lanka?

    The Sri Lanka Arrival Card online application will only take a couple of minutes. Prepare your smartphone, laptop, or another electronic device, as well as your valid passport, and fill out a short online application form. Finally, pay the processing fee and receive the Sri Lankan Arrival Card confirmation sent directly to your email address. 

  • Who must submit the Sri Lanka immigration Arrival Card?

    The Sri Lankan Arrival Card form should be completed by every foreign visitor who plans to enter the country either by air or sea. Completing the form online will help you save plenty of time upon arriving in Sri Lanka.

  • How long does the Sri Lankan online arrival card remain valid?

    The Sri Lankan online arrival card is valid only for one trip. A new card should be submitted whenever you visit Sri Lanka again.

  • Why do I need to complete a digital arrival card for Sri Lanka?

    Completing a digital arrival card before arriving in Sri Lanka will allow you to avoid filling out any paper forms upon your arrival in the country. This can significantly expedite your entry to Sri Lanka, as border officials will need to verify only your valid passport.

  • When should I complete the arrival card before my trip to Sri Lanka?

    You should complete your arrival card 3 days before your scheduled trip to Sri Lanka. Please note that the online application can be made earlier, but we will process it closer to your planned travel dates.

  • Are there any coronavirus restrictions in Sri Lanka?

    All COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travelers entering Sri Lanka have been lifted. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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