A trip to Sri Lanka most likely entails you getting a visa. Only the citizens of three jurisdictions are exempt from applying for a travel document. Lucky for you, chances are that you are eligible for a Sri Lanka ETA, which is an electronic travel authorization that allows you to obtain a visa on arrival once you get to Sri Lanka. And no, you are not compelled to get an ETA on the Sri Lanka visa official website. iVisa can help you with the online application process as well. Below, we will teach you how.
What are the requirements?
iVisa’s purpose is to make the online application process as simple as possible. Still, you need to provide some information to help the service get started. Even so, you do not have to do much. In fact, here is what you must have ready:
Valid passport – to obtain a Sri Lanka ETA, all applicants must have a valid passport that maintains its validity for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka.
Digital photo – make sure that the picture is as recent as possible and follows all the guidelines for a passport photo.
Valid e-mail address – iVisa will send you the ETA via e-mail in PDF format, which is why you must provide an e-mail address to which you have access.
Means of payment – during the application process, you will be required to make the payment. iVisa accepts credit or debit cards, but you can use PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat as well.
The online application form
One final requirement is to fill in the application form. There is nothing challenging about it. You should be done in no more than 20 minutes, and if you need assistance, iVisa has an excellent support service that is available 24/7. The service is free of charge.
The form you must complete has three steps. The first one covers the basics such as name, address, e-mail, and other identification data. You must also insert some passport info and details about your trip. At the same time, you are required to select a processing time for your application, aspect which affects the cost of your Sri Lanka ETA. Your options are as follows:
Standard processing – this is the cheapest and slowest option iVisa puts at your disposal. Even so, it is not as slow as you may think. Your application is processed within 1 business day, and it costs $55.
Rush processing – this time, your ETA arrives in just 3 hours, but you will be charged $85.
Super Rush processing – if you are on your way to the airport and forgot about your ETA, this option solves the problem. It only takes 30 minutes for your application to be processed. As you can imagine, the fee is higher. $105 to be more specific.
What you should know is that the fees mentioned above cover the Sri Lanka Tourist ETA. If you want to apply for a Sri Lanka Business ETA, the processing time options remain the same, but the fees go a little bit higher to $70, $100$, and $120 respectively.
Step number two consists of payment and revision. You must be very careful while to review your form since any mistake can render your visa invalid. Check for typos before moving on.
The last step is when iVisa asks you to upload additional documents. That can differ from person to person since travel circumstances are not always the same. However, iVisa lets you know precisely what you must upload. After steps three are complete, you can submit your application.
The bottom line is that you must not necessarily visit the Sri Lanka visa official website to get your ETA. iVisa does a wonderful job as well. The document you receive is valid for 90 days since issue, you can use it for two entries, and you can stay in Sri Lanka for up to 30 days per entry.