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6 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

It's very common to have some questions about planning a trip when the date of arrival is getting closer. Among these questions, you could have which countries will require a visa for entry. In the case of French Citizens, many countries don't ask them a visa, but Sri Lanka is an exception to the rule because its Government asks them to have at least an ETA. In other words, if you're French you need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka, but you can apply for an e-Visa to make this process simpler and less tricky.

Keep in mind that with a Sri Lanka eVisa, also known as Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), you can stay in the country for 60 days Per Entry. You'll find out more information about this visa in this article, starting with some constant questions that many travelers do.

Sri Lanka

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do French Passport Holders Need a Visa to Enter Sri Lanka?

Yes, all French passport holders need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for this visa online.

What is the Sri Lanka ETA?

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an official document that allows travelers to enter and travel within Sri Lanka.

Which Sri Lanka visa types are there for French citizens?

There are two types of visas. One for tourism purposes known as Tourist ETA, and one for business purposes called Business ETA. The most popular for European citizens, including french, is the Tourist ETA.

How long can visitors with French passport stay in Sri Lanka with a Tourist e-Visa?

French citizens can enter Sri Lanka for a maximum of 60 days Per Entry. Remember that all visits are strictly limited to business or tourism, so you shouldn't seek paid work or employment.

What are the requirements for the Sri Lanka Visa?

Before you continue with your application, remember that you must have these requirements, which are nothing out of extraordinary:

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity. You also have to scan the information page.

  • Digital passport photo.

  • Credit/debit card or PayPal account for payment.

What are the prices and processing times for the tourist e-Visa?

This is probably one of the constant concerns about electronic visas. That's why iVisa offers you three options according to your needs:

  • Standard processing – for this option, your visa is processed within 3 days and it costs you USD $133.99 with all services fee included.

  • Rush processing – you'll get your visa within 24 hours with a price of USD $159.99 (services fee included).

  • Super Rush processing this is the fastest option iVisa offers. That's why you can receive your visa in only 12 hours and it has a price of USD $208.99 also with all services fee included.

Start here your application with iVisa.

How long does it take to apply for the Sri Lanka tourist visa?

You only need a few minutes to send your application with iVisa. After that, we'll take care of the rest and we'll inform you about the status of the application by email.

How can I apply for a Sri Lanka Tourist e-Visa?

The application for a Sri Lanka Tourist e-Visa is very easy. It has only two steps:

  1. The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also have to select the processing time from the options mentioned above.

  2. The second step will ask you to check step one and make the payment.

You can click here to start. After you finish, you submit your form and wait for your visa to arrive. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.

What happens after I have applied for this visa?

Once your application is done, you will receive the e-Visa by email, so you don't have to deal with the embassy. We do it for you so you don't waste valuable time. After that, you can present a printed version of your Tourist e-Visa along with your passport once you enter Sri Lanka, but it's not a must since your ETA is electronically linked to your passport.

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

No. You can apply for the ETA visa before you have booked your flight.

Do I also need to get a Tourist e-Visa for my children?

Only if they're younger than 12 years old. Children under 12 years old are exempt from paying the ETA.

Can I apply for my family or friends?

Yes, you can, as long as you have all the documentation needed.

How can I apply for my family or friends?

First of all, make sure to have all the required documents (you can check them at the beginning of this article). If you are applying for only one friend or family member, just apply here introducing their data. In case you need to apply for more than one person, you can do so by clicking on ‘Add new applicant’ in the application form, after that, you just have to complete the information.

Can I extend my stay beyond the 30-day limit?

If you want to stay for more than 30 days in Sri Lanka, you may apply for an extension. The ETA may be extended to 90 days from the date of arrival on the first visit, and a further 90 days on the second visit. Application for an extension must be submitted to the visa section of the Department of Immigration.

How do I know if my Tourist e-Visa is approved?

We will notify you by email as soon as the Sri Lanka Government approves your visa.

What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?

In case you make a mistake when entering your data online, then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible online to assist you.

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

We are a professional service provider issuing official Sri Lanka e-Visas (ETAs) since 2013. Many people think that online information leaks and that their info is at a higher risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that doesn't happen with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal information, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. You can check here what hundreds of happy customers say about us.

iVisa makes the visa process easier than you think. It has a 9.5 ‘Excellent’ rating from more than 17,000 reviewers on Trustpilot. You can get your e-Visa just as quickly as many of our clients do by applying for your Sri Lanka e-Visa through iVisa. Visit our website today to chat online with one of our friendly staff members for more information.

I still have more unresolved questions, where can I find more information about it?

For a faster resolution click here and start chatting with one of our customer service representatives. You can find more info and FAQs here as well.

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