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Can I get a Sri Lanka transit visa at Colombo Airport?

Can I get a Sri Lanka transit visa at Colombo Airport?
iVisa | Updated on Feb 09, 2019

You can get a Sri Lanka transit visa at the airport in Colombo if you plan your trip last minute. Since you may not have the time to get your ETA prior to your departure, there is a facility at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo where you can obtain the document you need for transit. It costs you a bit more than the visa you purchase online, but as a last resort, you do not have much choice in the matter.

Nevertheless, whenever you have enough time at your disposal, we recommend that you apply for your Sri Lanka transit visa online. Why? There is more than one reason, but for one thing, you will not be stuck in a line and go through all the procedures when you land in Sri Lanka. Is it not better to take care of this formality before your trip? We think that you will be more at ease if you apply before your departure. Of course, if you have no choice, then, by all means, the Sri Lanka transit visa at the airport in Colombo is perfect. But do not let a piece of paper disturb your peace of mind if you have the chance.

How to apply online for a Sri Lanka transit visa

With the risk of repeating the same thing over and over, if time allows it, you should apply for a Sri Lanka transit visa online. Not only that your effort is minimal, but you will feel better for it.

The online application process for a Sri Lanka transit visa will soon be available on iVisa’s website as well. For the moment, we cannot facilitate the process, but as soon as we do, we will provide a smooth and swift application. Plus, our customer support is available 24/7 and free of charge if you will need some help.

To apply online, you only need to do two things. First, you need to make sure that you meet the requirements. You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Passport – applicants who want a Sri Lanka transit visa must hold a valid passport that remains as such for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka.

  • Two photos – the pictures must be taken in the last 6 months and follow all the guidelines for passport photos.

  • Onward flight ticket – this will serve as proof that you only wish to transit Sri Lanka.

  • Means of payment – during an online visa application process, you need to be able to pay for your document online. iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment. You can use credit or debit cards, but PayPal, Alipay, and WeChat are also acceptable.

  • E-mail address – after you submit your application, iVisa will send you the transit ETA for Sri Lanka via e-mail in PDF format. Please remember that you are going to have to print out at least one physical copy.

The second matter you need to handle is the application form. iVisa is creating a simple form so that you do not spend more than 20 minutes completing it. The application will be broken down into three steps for even more convenience, but you will see how easy it is to go through all of them.

So, to answer your question, yes, you can get a Sri Lanka transit visa at the airport in Colombo, but it is a solution that should be used only as a last resort. If you need to travel last minute, it is possible, but if you have time, we recommend the online application process.

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