Aside from 21 countries whose citizens require a consular visa and 3 visa-exempt nationalities, all Sierra Leonean who wishes to travel to Sri Lanka must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization or an ETA. You can use the Visa Checker tool on iVisa’s website in order to find out which nationality requires a consular visa. The cost and effort you need to make are minimal if iVisa will help you obtain the ETA in as little as 30 minutes.
What documents you need?
Sierra Leonean applying for an ETA needs to provide some information so that iVisa can a sort out the bureaucracy part. However, the list is just short, and you should have no difficulty with getting everything on it. Here is what you need to come up with:
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 to check the spelling before you submit your application.
Mode of payment – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment. You can use either a credit/debit card or a Paypal account if you have one.
Return or onward flight ticket – this requirement applies only to citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria who travel or transit Sri Lanka.
The application process for Sierra Leonean
The application form is divided into just two simple steps. The first one will require you to fill in your personal information like name, address, passport info, e-mail, and so on. Also, you must select the type of ETA you need, tourist or business, and the processing time. As for the latter, iVisa comes with three excellent choices that is perfect for all needs and budgets of Sierra Leonean. They are the following:
Standard processing – if you choose this option like most people do, you need to pay only $55. Your application will be processed within just one business day.
Rush processing – you can apply for this option if you have 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.
Super Rush processing – this option is ideal for people who need their ETA on the spot. Your travel document will be ready within just 30 minutes. However, the price is as high as $105.
The fees mentioned above apply to tourist ETAs. Sierra Leonean needs to apply for a business ETA if they will visit Sri Lanka on business purpose. The processing time remains the same, but the fees are just $5 higher for each processing time.
You will need to make payment and revision in the second step of the application process. Payment can be made using credit/debit card or PayPal. Keep in mind, it is very crucial that all the information you provide is 100% correct. Mistakes should be avoided during the application process and be sure that everything is correct. You should double-check the spelling. It is impossible make any corrections after your application is processed. This means that you need to repeat the process in case there are errors. Also, iVisa has a no-refund policy after the issue of the ETA, so you need to make the payment again. The best course of action is to double-check everything prior to clicking the submit button.
The ETA you receive is valid for 180 days after issue, which means you have 6 months to use it. Sierra Leonean 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, obtaining an ETA for Sri Lanka could not be easier. The electronic system is not difficult to use, and Sri Lankan officials actually advice that Sierra Leonean use it in order to avoid any delays at the points of entry in the country. But then again, who would prefer a long line and wasted time over 10 minutes for an online application?