Planning a trip to Sri Lanka includes obtaining a visa. However, almost all nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival once they get to Sri Lanka. We say ‘almost’ because 21 nationalities are still required to pay a visit to the nearest Sri Lankan embassy and get their consular visa. If you wish to find out whether or not you are among them, you can use iVisa’ Visa Checker. Not only that it will tell you what you need to know, but if you do need a consular visa, you will be provided with a list of embassies you can visit. Otherwise, you will be redirected to a page where you can apply for an ETA.
At an embassy
If you are not as fortunate as most nationalities in the world, you need to submit your Sri Lanka visa application at the nearest diplomatic mission of Sri Lanka. It may not be as simple as getting a visa on arrival, but you do not have much choice in the matter. Nevertheless, you should have an easy enough application process.
One thing that we always recommend is that you give the diplomatic mission a call before going there. Why? To inquire about the requirements. You can find a lot of information online but not all of it is reliable. Websites are not always updated on time, and you would be surprised how often immigration laws are changed. The best thing you can do is call the diplomatic mission and ask them about the requirements. They can give you the most reliable information.
Unlike the 21 nationalities whose only option is a consular visa, the rest of the world can travel to Sri Lanka on a visa on arrival. However, there is one catch. To obtain a Sri Lanka visa on arrival, one must obtain a Sri Lanka ETA before departure. An ETA is an electronic travel authorization, and iVisa can help you get it online in as little as 30 minutes.
The requirements for a Sri Lanka ETA are easy to meet. You need a passport, an e-mail address, a digital photo of yourself, and a valid means of payment. Of course, you need to fill in an online application form as well, but that should not take you more than 20 minutes. Plus, if you use iVisa as your visa service, you can enjoy excellent customer support that is at your disposal 24/7.
The cost of a Sri Lanka ETA depends on the processing time you select, and it varies from $55 to $105. Of course, if you travel for business purposes, you need a Sri Lanka Business ETA, in which case the fees start from $70$.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that only 3 nationalities in the world are exempt from getting a Sri Lanka ETA. We are referring to the citizens on the Maldives, Singapore, and Seychelles.
As you can see, you have options, unless you are a citizen of one of the 21 countries mentioned above. However, we recommend that if you are eligible for a Sri Lanka visa on arrival, do not hesitate to use the services rendered by iVisa. Our [Sri Lanka ETA] application process is simple, it does not take long, and your ETA can be in your e-mail inbox in half an hour. The document is valid for 90 days since the issue date, it grants a double entry, and you can stay in Sri Lanka for up to 30 days per entry.