In addition to 21 countries whose citizens require a consular visa and 3 visa-exempt nationalities, all Malian who are planning to visit Sri Lanka must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization or an ETA. The Visa Checker tool on iVisa’s website can be use to find out which nationality requires a consular visa. iVisa can help you acquire the ETA in as little as 30 minutes with little cost and effort that you need to make.
To get an ETA, Malian needs to provide some information so that iVisa can a work out the bureaucracy part. Don’t worry as it just a shortlist and you should have no trouble with getting everything on it. Here is what you need to produce:
Passport – if you already are a passport holder, make sure that the document is still valid and will remain so for at least another 6 months from your date of departure. Failure to comply leads to a rejected application.
E-mail address – you will receive your ETA via e-mail in PDF format. You need to print it out and show it at the immigration office in Sri Lanka. Make sure the spelling is correct before you submit your application.
Means of payment – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment. You can use either a credit/debit card or a Paypal account if you have one.
The application form is divided into two simple steps. The first one will ask you to fill in your personal information like name, address, passport info, e-mail, and so on. Also, you must choose the type of ETA you need, tourist or business, and the processing time. As for the latter, iVisa comes with three convenient choices that caters to all needs and pockets of Malian. They are as follows:
Standard processing – you need to pay only $55 if you choose this option like most people do. Your application will be processed within just one business day.
Rush processing – you can apply for this option if you have to take your flight in the afternoon. It takes just 3 hours for your application to be processed, and you will be charged $85 for your ETA.
The fees mentioned are only for tourist ETAs. Malian needs to apply for a business ETA if they will visit Sri Lanka for business purposes. The processing time remains the same, you will just have to $5 more for each processing time.
The second step of the application process consists of payment and revision. Payment can be made using credit/debit card or PayPal. Putting importance to the review part, make sure that all the information you provide is 100% correct. Mistakes can occur during the application process, which is why Malian should double-check everything, especially the spelling. It is impossible make any corrections after your application is processed so you need to repeat the process. Also, you need to make the payment again since iVisa has a no-refund policy after the issue of the ETA. For this application, it is important to double-check everything before clicking the submit button.
You have 6 months to use the ETA since it is valid for 180 days after issue. Malian can stay in Sri Lanka for maximum 30 days. The tourist ETA allows two entries, while the business ETA has multiple.
As you can see, getting an ETA for Sri Lanka could not be easier. The electronic system is easy to use, and the officials in Sri Lanka actually advice that Malian use it in order to prevent any delays at the points of entry in the country. But then again, who would choose a long line and wasted time over 10 minutes for an online application?