iVisa | Updated on Feb 04, 2020

As a South African citizen, when you travel to Sri Lanka for business or pleasure, you are not required to go to the nearest Sri Lankan embassy to apply for a visa. Instead, the country’s visa policy allows you to apply online for a Sri Lanka visa. With iVisa’s help, you can obtain the travel document you need in just a few minutes.

In this article, we will teach you how to properly apply for this online document.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do South Africans Need a Visa to Go to Sri Lanka?

Yes, all the citizens from South Africa are required to apply for an ETA for a tourist or business. The only exceptions are the Republics of Singapore, Maldives, or The Seychelles.

How Long can South African Citizens Stay in Sri Lanka?

Visitors from South Africa can enter Sri Lanka for 30 days Total. Just don't forget that you shouldn't get paid work or employment during your visit, and all visits are limited to tourism and business only.

In case you want to stay for more time, you can have your visa extended to a maximum of 6 months by applying to the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Colombo. After the application is ready, the ETA is valid 180 days after issued from the date of application.

What is an ETA?

The Sri Lanka electronic authorization is better known as ETA, an special system launched to foreigner citizens who want to know this country. Works as an e-Visa, but with a simpler method.

What are the requirements for a Sri Lanka ETA?

One of the best things about an online application process is that it is not as demanding and as time-consuming as the process at the embassy. With that being said, here is what you need to obtain a Sri Lanka ETA:

  • Valid passport – you cannot apply for a Sri Lanka visa unless you are a passport holder. Plus, the visa policy of Sri Lanka requires that the passport maintains its validity for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival.
  • Digital passport photo – for a valid passport photo, you need to make sure that the picture is taken in the past 6 months and follows all the other guidelines.
  • E-mail address – as a result of an online application process, the ETA will arrive via e-mail in PDF format. The address you provide must be valid, and you need to have access to it. Remember to print out the document before departure or make sure that you have a digital copy on your electronic device.
  • Means of payment – as far as paying for services goes, iVisa is flexible. You can make the payment using a credit or a debit card, but you are also free to use PayPal. Whichever is most comfortable for you.

How long can I stay in Sri Lanka with an ETA?

If you're from South Africa, you can stay in Sri Lanka for 30 days Total.

What are the processing times and prices you have to pay for this ETA?

When it's about total price to pay, you'll be glad to know that iVisa offers you three options according to the urgency. In other words, you'll pay for your visa according to how soon you want it. These are the options:

  • Standard processing – you're ready with your e-Visa in 24 hours and it has a total cost of USD 55.00 (all services fee included).

  • Rush processing – for this alternative you can receive your visa application in 4 hours by paying USD 85.00 and all the services fee included.

  • Super Rush processing with this method, you receive your ETA in 30 minutes. It costs you USD 100.00 (services fee included).

Keep in mind that these prices are for the Tourist ETA. Click here if you want to check what are the prices for a Business ETA.

How much time do I need to apply?

You probably think that to fill in an application form requires to spend a lot of time, but with iVisa you can be ready in less than 20 minutes.

How is the application form?

Now that you know what you need, we will provide a brief description of the application form so that you know what to expect. But first of all, keep in mind that iVisa provides non-stop customer support should you need assistance. The service is entirely free of charge.

What you will notice is that the application form created by iVisa is broken down into three stages.

  1. The first stage wants general information about yourself and your trip, but it also requires you to choose a processing timeframe for your application, as well as a visa type. Both those factors affect the cost of your Sri Lanka visa. As for the visa type, you also have the option of applying for a Sri Lanka Business ETA if your trip is for business purposes. The fees differ, though. This visa will cost you an additional $13 for each processing time.

  2. The second stage requires you to handle the payment and review your form to make sure that the information you provided is not erred in any way.

  3. The third stage asks that you upload a few documents that support your application. When you are finished, submit your request, and iVisa will handle everything else that follows.

The bottom line is that the online process of obtaining a Sri Lanka Visa for the citizens of South Africa involves minimal effort. The document in question maintains its validity for 90 days after issue, it grants a double entry, and it allows you to remain in Sri Lanka for up to a month.

What happens after I finish the application form?

Once the application is finished, you'll get the ETA via email. No need to deal with the Sri Lankan embassy. We do it for you in order to save you precious time. The next step you can do is to print your Tourist ETA and take it with you along your passport once you enter Sri Lanka. However, this is not extremely necessary since you already have linked your ETA to your passport, but it's recommended to do it.

Do I need to get a Tourist ETA for my children too?

Just in case your children are less than 12 years old. Kids under 12 years old are exempt from paying the ETA.

Before applying for the Tourist ETA, do I have to book a flight?

No, this isn't necessary to apply for your visa. You can get your ETA without having any flight booked.

Can I apply for my family members or friends?

Yes, you can apply for them. Just remember to have all the requirements (you can check them above). If you are applying for only one friend or family member, just apply here filling in their personal information. In case you need to apply for more than one person, you can do it just by clicking on ‘Add new applicant’ in the application form and filling in the necessary.

How do I know if my Tourist ETA is approved and ready to use?

We will let you know this by email as soon as the Sri Lanka Government approves the visa.

Is it safe to use iVisa to get my Sri Lanka Tourist ETA?

Yes, it is. We offer maximum safety for your personal information, and we also invest a lot in the security for our database. Your personal data is totally safe with us. You can check what thousands of happy customers say about us., proving that we've made sure to offer you just the best.

How does the ETA look like?

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I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?

If you want to have a better and also faster resolution click here then just start chatting with one of our customer service representatives. And you can also find more info and FAQs here.

Click here if you're ready to apply for your Sri Lanka Visa hassle-free. iVisa makes it easy to apply for and receive your Sri Lanka visa and comes with a 9.5 ‘Excellent’ rating from 19,000 reviewers on Trustpilot. Contact us today to apply for your Visa and start looking forward to your wonderful journey to Sri Lanka.

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