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Sri Lanka eVisa Frequently Asked Questions

Sri Lanka eVisa Frequently Asked Questions
iVisa | Updated on Mar 08, 2019

What is a Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authority ("ETA")?

ETAs are issued electronically by the Sri Lanka Department of Immigration. Travelers, travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers can use the ETA system to process an Electronic Travel Authority.

The Sri Lanka ETA is electronically linked to the passport and is accessible to the Department of Immigration. We strongly recommend travelers to print a copy of their Sri Lanka ETA in case there is a problem with the computer terminals at the immigration office upon arrival.

How does the Electronic Travel Authority look like?

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What types of Sri Lanka ETAs are available?

Sri Lanka ETAs are issued only for Short Visits to Sri Lanka for Business purposes, Tourism and Transit purposes.

NOTE - If you want to work in Sri Lanka then you will have to apply for the appropriate visa through your local embassy.

Do I need to visit the consulate to receive my Sri Lankan visa?

No. The only countries required to visit the consulate are Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Nigeria. All other nationals can apply online and receive their visas for Sri lanka via email.

How long is my Sri Lanka ETA valid for and what are the costs?

The visa for Sri Lanka ETA is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival in Sri Lanka. You are permitted two entries into the country with the same ETA.

The cost of the ETA is $35 + $20 Service Fee per person for all countries except SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).

For SAARC countries the ETA cost is $20 per passenger + $20 Service Fee.

You can pay with MasterCard, Visa, American Express or PayPal.

I didn't receive my Sri Lanka ETA, when will I receive it?

Upon completion of our online application for visa to Sri Lanka, you can choose standard delivery, 24 hours (one business day), or rush delivery (30 minutes).

Please note unlike a traditional paper visa, the ETA is electronically linked to your passport. We do send travelers an email confirmation with their ETA number. It is advisable to print this email or have a soft copy to present at immigration upon arrival.

Please note airlines do not require you to show proof of the ETA to fly into Sri Lanka.

Do I need a Sri Lanka visa if I have a Diplomatic Passport?

Diplomatic passport holders from the following countries are exempted from the ETA processing fee.

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Diplomatic and official passport holders should not apply Tourist/Business ETA for their official visits or to engage in any official assignments in Sri Lanka.

How can I retrieve my Sri Lanka visa?

REMEMBER - Please note the Retrieve Visa service is only available for tourists that processed their visa for Sri Lanka e-visa with our site.

An online account is generated for you automatically after applying for your Sri Lanka ETA/e-Visa. You should LOGIN in order to setup a password or reset your passport here: login/forgot_password

If you applied for your Sri Lanka e-visa at the government website, please visit that site directly to retrieve your visa.

I want to extend my e-Visa to Sri Lanka. What should I do?

If you want to stay more than 30 days with visa in Sri Lanka you may apply for an extension once you are already in the country. The visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance.

We suggest that all customers apply for their electronic visa now (valid for 30 days) and then extend it while you are in Sri Lanka. Apply here

NOTE - Application for an extension should be submitted to the Visa Section of the Department of Immigration in Sri Lanka (head office) by visiting the Department or through an Authorized Agent.

Department of Immigration and Emigration 41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka

What happens if I already possess a valid Sri Lanka visa?

If you already possess a Visa to Sri Lanka, a new ETA application cannot be lodged until that visa expires or is cancelled.

Thus , the Sri Lanka ETA is valid for six months and a new ETA cannot be obtained using the same passport until that ETA expires.

Do I need a ticket before I apply for the Sri Lanka ETA?

No. Your Sri Lanka Visa ETA can be obtained before booking your flight ticket.

I will be in transit in Sri Lanka, do I need a visa?

No. You are exempt from the Visa to Sri Lanka ETA in the following cases:

  • Crew members of flight / ship
  • Following category is exempt from ETA Processing Fee
  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Transit permitted ONLY for 48 hours

I will travel with my child. Do my child need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka?

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from Visa to Sri Lanka Processing Fee.

How early can I apply for the Sri Lanka Visa online?

The requirements for a Sri Lanka Visa is that you can only apply up to 60 days (2 months) prior to your departure date.

Can I travel with a Sri Lanka ETA to India or do I need a separate visa for India?

No, you will have to apply for a Indian visa independently from your visa to Sri Lanka ETA.

If you wish to travel to India no matter where you are coming from, you would need an Indian Visa.

For more information regarding your visa for India application, visit /turkey-turkish-visa

Our arrival date to Sri Lanka changed, do we need to change our visas to reflect this change?

No. Your Sri Lanka visa is valid for 6 months after your visa was granted. Thus if you applied today, you can enter Sri Lanka any day for the next 6 months.

Note that your stay can not be longer than for 30 days and they your visa allows a double entry.

You can apply here for the online Sri Lanka visa: /apply-online/sri-lanka

What does the form for Tourist visa extension look like?

Please see the example of the Sri Lanka Visa extension form

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What are the contact details of the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo, Sri Lanka?

Department of Immigration and Emigration 41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka Hotline : 1962 Phone : 94-11-5329000 Hunting Line Fax : 94-11-2674621 E-Mail : controller[at]immigration.gov.lk Web Site: www.immigration.gov.lk

Controller General of Immigration and Emigration & Commissioner for Registration of Persons of Indian Origin

Mr. M. N. Ranasinghe Telephone : +94 11 5329400 Ext : 9400 Fax : 2674621 Email : controller[at]immigration.gov.lk

Additional Controller General Mr P. V. Gunathilaka Telephone : +94 11 5329450 Ext : 9450

How do I get to the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka Colombo?

There are various ways to travel to the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo (Address: 41 Ananda Rajakaruna Mw ,Punchi Boralla Colombo 10)


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Are you affiliated with the government of Sri Lanka or are you a private company?

No. We are not related to the government of Sri Lanka.

We are a private company that provides a valuable service to process your visa for Sri Lanka ETA / e-Visa.

Our company processes visas for countries all across the globe. We are a travel agency that started the business because governments built poor and complicated websites and our clients were frustrated.

Our value proposition is:

1) Save you time and frustration 2) Provide 24/7 chat and phone support 3) Mobile friendly experience 4) Accept all forms of payment including PayPal and Amex 5) Accept multi-currencies 6) Easy visa retrieval process 7) Allow you to easily process more than 1 application at a time 8) Provide language translation of our website 9) Lowest service fee of private visa processors.

On our website, we have several disclaimers about the service fee. In addition, during the checkout process the service fee is detailed.

Who are the SAARC countries?

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries are listed below:

  • Afghanistan,
  • Bangladesh,
  • Bhutan,
  • India,
  • Maldives,
  • Nepal,
  • Pakistan,
  • Sri Lanka

I will travel for business to Sri Lanka. Can I apply for the ETA?

Yes, you can travel to Sri Lanka for business on the ETA.

See below the categories of Business in Sri Lanka:

  • Participate in business meetings and negotiations
  • Participate in Conferences, workshops and seminars
  • To take part in Short term training programs (less than one month)
  • Participate in art, music and dance events
  • Participating in religious events *- Participate in Symposium

Is this website secure to apply for the Sri Lanka ETA online?

Yes. We have been helping thousands of travelers since 2002 and the Government of Sri Lanka fully accepts applications processed by specialized third parties like us for getting Sri Lanka visa online.

Only the data required to process your application will be collected and it will be used only for this purpose, we do not share any of your data with third parties. Our payment gateway has also been designed in accordance with the international standards.

See here what our customers say about our service

Is the service charge for the Sri Lanka fee per person, or per application group?

The service charge for the visa to Sri Lanka ETA is $20 per person, regardless of the number of applicants.

I am Polish but live in the UK as permanent resident, what address should I use for the Sri Lanka ETA application?

All information, including your address should be entered as per the applicant's passport, so you should use a Polish Address.

If you can not provide an address in your passport country, then you should provide your current address for the Visa to Sri Lanka Application.

Are you affiliated with the government of Sri Lanka?

Please note that we are NOT affiliated with the government of Sri Lanka. We are a private company that provides a valuable service to process your ETA visa to Sri Lanka.

I made a mistake on my personal information when processing the Sri Lanka visa , can I modify the form?

If you processed the visa to Sri Lanka ETA directly on our website, please contact us via online chat or via phone +1-302-404-3828 and we will assist on the matter.

Is the Sri Lanka ETA for a single entry or multiple entries?

The visa to Sri Lanka ETA is for two (2) entries within 30 days from the date of arrival.

If you wish to travel to Sri Lanka for a 3rd time during a short period of time then you have to apply for a new visa before arriving to Sri Lanka and after you used your two entries. You can apply here

Can I receive my Sri Lanka visa upon arrival?

Yes. Please note travelers have complained about long lines to process at the airport and the higher cost. In addition, please note the airport transaction is conducted in local currency instead of USD.

We highly recommend travelers to save time and money and time using the Sri Lanka visa online application. You can apply here

Should I get a Yellow Fever vaccination before traveling to Sri Lanka?

No, there is no risk in Sri Lanka but the government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

If I already possess a valid Sri Lankan ETA, can I apply for a fresh ETA again?

No. The Sri Lanka ETA is valid for six (6) months and a fresh ETA cannot be obtained using the same passport until that ETA expires.

If you lose the passport which contains the valid ETA you may apply for a fresh ETA by paying the relevant fee again.

Any additional info I need to be aware of for the Sri Lanka ETA?

All Sri Lankan ETA holders should be able to prove/adhere to the following if they wish to apply online:

  • Round trip ticket to show at the port of entry in Sri Lanka (only if you are traveling by air).
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Sri Lanka.
  • All holders of ETA, should NOT engage in any form of employment, paid or unpaid, or in any trade or business other than specified in the ETA, during the period of his/her stay in Sri Lanka
  • You have to certify that the information provided by you is true and correct.

Do I need to add my middle name on the application for the ETA to Sri Lanka?

No need to add your middle name. Your visa to Sri Lanka ETA will be valid if you use only your first and last name.

What are the designated Ports of Sri Lanka?

  1. Air Ports
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA)
  • Ratmalana Airport
  • Palali Airport
  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA)
  1. Sea Ports
  • Colombo Port
  • Galle Harbor
  • Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksha Port (Hambanthota)
  • Trincomalee Harbor
  • Kankesanthurei Harbor
  • Thalaimannar Pier

What are the Types of Sri Lankan Visas?

There are four (4) kinds of visas to Sri Lanka which permit a person to enter and/or stay in this country.

  1. Visit Visa/ETA There are two sub-categories which come under visit visas : 1.1 Tourist Visit Visa - A Tourist Visa is issued to bona-fide tourists who want to enter Sri Lanka for sightseeing, excursions, visit relatives for a short period of time.

1.2 Business Purpose Visa - Issued to foreign nationals who visit Sri Lanka for business purposes for short period of time. This visa may be issued for single or double journeys.

  1. Residence Visa A residence visa is a permit for a non-Sri Lankan to obtain residence facilities for special purposes. There are eight (8) sub-categories which come under residence visas.

  2. Transit Visa A Transit Visa is an entry permit granted to a foreign national for admission into Sri Lanka for a brief period which is incidental and in the course of his journey to another destination.

  3. Gratis Visa The holder of a Diplomatic or Official Passport or a passport with a valid Diplomatic or Official endorsement will not be required to pay any fees for the visa.

I need to contact my nearest Sri Lanka embassy / consulate, where do I get this info?

Click on the link below to get the contact details and locations of all Sri Lankan Missions abroad

Can I travel to Sri Lanka with a refugee travel document instead of a passport?

No. All travelers who wish to apply online for their Sri Lanka Visa need to have a valid passport document.

If you have a refugee travel document, then you need to contact the nearest Sri Lankan Consulate to apply.

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“How much it take to get a sti lankan entry visa for employment purpose after applying. Plz suggest”
Neeraj (337 days ago)
“Neeraj, If you want to work in Sri Lanka then you will have to apply for the appropriate visa through your local embassy.”
iVisa Support (334 days ago)
“If I enter sri lanka with a transit visa and than i wanna stay for somedays am I able to extend this . If it able than what to do? ”
Humayun kabir (271 days ago)
“Dear Humayun, Sri Lanka transit visa is not extendable. You need to apply and obtain a [Tourist ETA](https://www.ivisa.com/apply-online/sri-lanka) prior arrival in Sri Lanka. Steps to be followed: Submit the application here https://www.ivisa.com/apply-online/sri-lanka, Receive the acknowledgement and Receive ETA approval. ”
iVisa Support (270 days ago)
“A friend of mine will be travelling to sri lanka next february with her daughter who is 11 years old. we heard that she would need a letter from her daughters father stating she is allowed to travel to Sri lanka. Is this correct? Thankyou for your help”
shane sidney hicks (216 days ago)
“Dear Shane, During the Sri Lanka ETA application it is not required to upload supporting documents (e.g authorization or justification letter, etc). But, you may be required to hold a justification letter that states why only one parent or one legal guardian is traveling with the child and an authorization letter signed by daughter father before departure and once arrived to Sri Lanka. Bear in mind that if minors are under the age of 12, the visa cost is free. You can start your application here: https://www.ivisa.com/apply-online/sri-lanka”
iVisa Support (216 days ago)
“ Thank you for sharing such great information. It has help me in finding out more detail about Eta sri lank”
Grita gupta (209 days ago)
“I am come to Sri Lanka with a cruise Ship for one day and am on an guided tour for 5 hours then back to ship which visa do I need thank you”
Christine (189 days ago)
“Dear Christine: You will need to process a Transit visa since your period of stay does not exceed the 48 hours. At this moment, we do not process the Transit visa but the tourist visa. You can apply for your transit visa on arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka, you must confirm it with the cruise company you will use for your trip.”
iVisa Support (189 days ago)
“A cruise with three different ports in Sri Lanka, which type of visa is required ”
Alison (165 days ago)
“Dear Alison: If you leave the transit area, you may apply for the Tourist ETA if you are planning to stay more the 48 hours (2 days). The Tourist ETA is limited to 30-day stays in Sri Lanka from the date of arrival, and will allow 2 entries. You can find more information related in the following link: https://www.ivisa.com/apply-online/sri-lanka”
iVisa Support (164 days ago)
“I am passing through Sri Lanka from Male on the way to Doha. I will only be in the Sri Lankan airport for two hours. Do I need a visa? If so, where can I apply?”
Vindar Ragbir (140 days ago)
“Dear Vindar, you need a ETA visa, check the requirements here: https://www.un.int/srilanka/srilanka/transit-visa Thank you!”
iVisa Support (140 days ago)
“WE are 27 person - INDONESIA passport , JOIN COSTA neo riviera will arrive SRILANKA PORT 15 january 2019 from 7 am - until 17 pm , we come to Sri Lanka with a cruise Ship for one day and ,and we will apply transit visa 48 hours online , this is ok , ??? hope you can answer soon ,thank you for a good cooperation . ”
yenny (129 days ago)
“I accidentally deleted the approval email for my Sri Lanka e-visa, and cannot retrieve. Can anyone advise whether they can re-send the email? or Apply for a new one?”
Brittani Mabee (116 days ago)
“Sir, If no surname is mentioned in Passport, what we should mention in ETA application "surname" column.”
Pritam Sangwan (108 days ago)
“Dear Pritam, leave it in blank. Thank you for choosing iVisa!”
Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (105 days ago)
“Dear Brittani, please tell me your Order Number so we can fix this situation, thank you for choosing iVisa!”
Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (105 days ago)
“Dear Yenny, you will need to apply for a transit visa online, apply with iVisa for a fast and effective application process!”
Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (105 days ago)
“I have received my ETA to Sri Lanka. However in the ETA instead of my first name, surname is printed. Name is spelt as "surname surname". Will this cause a problem?”
Veena (96 days ago)
“Dear Veena, please write to help@ivisa.com with your order number, they will give you a solution. Thank you for choosing iVisa!”
Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (96 days ago)
“Dear Grita Gupta, Thank you for choosing iVisa!”
Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (84 days ago)
“Sir, i already applied online as a transit visa and i did not receive the approval notice yet, can i still edit or reapply another visa for tourist?”
Datz (78 days ago)
“We had applied for my mother's ETA as she has to visit Sri Lanka for a function and she is flying today (04-02-2019) to Colombo. Sir, we have not yet received the confirmation from the embassy and will request you to kindly confirm the same at the earliest as she shall be landing in Colombo at 4:30 PM Sri Lanka time. The application details are as follows - Name: Mrs. Anita Saxena Application Contact ID: SR-ETAen_23222”
Anchal Saxena (77 days ago)
“Dear Anchal: You have not applied for a visa with iVisa, if you applied through the embassy you must contact the embassy. Thank you!”
Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (77 days ago)
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Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (77 days ago)
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Sri Lanka Eta Visa (66 days ago)
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Alessandra Pinto - iVisa (63 days ago)
“I want to apply for tourist eta for me , my wife & my son . It should be “ apply as individual “ or “ apply as group “ as given in your portal ?”
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