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Last updated: August 2022

The Sri Lanka’s economy counts on large exportation of textiles, garments, and tea. Since the country’s independence, Sri Lanka’s government has been implementing national strategies to achieve sustainable economic growth, with programs that intend to develop the economy and human resources. Hence, the many business travelers to the country who need a Sri Lanka Business Visa to enter Sri Lanka.

You can apply for the Sri Lanka Business Visa online with iVisa in just a few clicks. In this article we will tell you more about the visa requirements, costs, how to apply, and everything else you need to know about visiting Sri Lanka on a business trip. In addition, you’ll find the most up-to-date information about Sri Lanka entry requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination, testing, and quarantine.

What is the Sri Lanka Business ETA?

This Sri Lanka business visa is an official visa issued electronically by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka. The applicants receive the Sri Lanka visa via email after filling out the application form with the necessary information.

Since January 2012, citizens from all over the globe have been eligible to apply for the Sri Lanka business ETA. With this option, there’s no need to go to an embassy and apply in person. The traveler simply has to submit all the required information and documentation and pay the fee online. You can get the business visa by submitting the online ETA application form on iVisa.

Who can apply for the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization?

There are just 21 nationalities that aren’t eligible for a business ETA. All other business travelers can apply for this ETA. This business visa is indicated for people entering Sri Lanka for negotiations, conferences, business meetings, short-term training programs, and business trips.

How long is this business ETA visa valid for?

The business ETA is valid for a Double Entry to Sri Lanka. You can use the valid ETA to stay up to 30 days in Total in the country, with a total validity of 90 days after issued.

Keep in mind that you can only use this visa for business purposes. If you need a visa for other purposes, check out the Visa Checker to find out which visa you may need for your purpose of travel and nationality.

What are the required documents for the Sri Lanka Business ETA?

Simply fill out the online application form. The Sri Lanka Department of Immigration requires only a few things during the application process:

  • Current passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka.

  • Valid email address to receive the business ETA for Sri Lanka digitally.

  • A credit or debit card to pay the Business ETA fee.

  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of the stay.

  • A confirmed return ticket or ticket for onward travel.

Do I need the business visa if I’m just transiting through Sri Lanka?

You do not require a business visa if you’re transiting through Sri Lanka. It is important to note that if you plan on leaving the airport transit area, you will need to apply for a visa.

How can I apply for the Sri Lanka ​​business visa online?

The Sri Lanka ETA can be completed online in three easy steps:

  • Step1: Provide basic information, such as your name, passport information, address, phone number, email address, and so on. At this point, you are also required to select the processing time of your Sri Lanka ETA application form.
  • Step 2: The second step is a revision of personal details, and making the payment. You can use a credit or debit card to pay for the visa and service fees.
  • Step 3: Finally, upload any documents required. Once you have done that, you can hit the submit button and wait for your business ETA to arrive via email in the time frame you selected.

How much does the Sri Lanka ETA visa cost?

iVisa offers you three options to choose from to process your Sri Lanka visa online application, depending on your time and budget:

  • Standard Processing: This option takes 5 days and costs USD $91.99. It is a perfect choice for travelers who have at least a few weeks until their departure.
  • Rush Processing: You will receive your Sri Lanka visa faster than the standard option, in just 3 days for USD $133.99.
  • Super Rush Processing: If you need the document urgently before travel, you can use this express option, which will take only 24 hours for a total cost of USD $183.99.

I’m traveling with children, do they need a Sri Lanka visa?

Yes, every visitor traveling to Sri Lanka must obtain a visa, including children. If you decide to travel with children, you have to fill in an application form for them, in this case, it won’t be a business visa, but probably a tourist visa.

Make sure you have a valid birth certificate and/or adoption certificate with you, so you can avoid last-minute inconvenience.

COVID-19: Sri Lanka entry requirements

Sri Lanka fully re-opened for tourism in October 2021. Sri Lanka is slowly easing entry requirements, as the pandemic is coming to an end.

Testing requirements in Sri Lanka

There is no COVID-19 testing requirement to travel to Sri Lanka for fully-vaccinated travelers. However, unvaccinated or visitors without proof of vaccination must still present a COVID-19 negative test result on entry. They should have a negative PCR test report within 72 hours or a Rapid Antigen Test report (self-swabs aren’t valid) within 48 hours before embarkation. Children below 12 years are exempt.

Vaccine requirements

Vaccination is not mandatory to travel to Sri Lanka, but fully-vaccinated travelers have fewer restrictions and don’t need to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter Sri Lanka.

You are considered fully vaccinated who have two vaccine doses of Pfizer, Sinopharm, Moderna, or AstraZeneca (or recommended combination of vaccines Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca); or a single dose of Janssen. Vaccine boosters are also recommended.

Quarantine requirements in Sri Lanka

There are no quarantine requirements on arrival in Sri Lanka.

What else to know before you visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's chaotic public transport system and cultural sensitivities make navigating the island tricky. Here are some of the things to prepare before traveling to Sri Lanka.

Get health insurance

Besides a valid passport and a Sri Lankan visa, having travel insurance is not mandatory. However, Sri Lanka Tourism recommends that visitors travel with their own Health Insurance that also covers Covid.

Be aware of local customs

Sri Lanka is a mostly Buddhist country, so be respectful of the religious traditions. Remember to take off your shoes and hats before getting into temples, and be aware that taking photos of and in front of religious statues are prohibited.

Familiarize yourself with the Sri Lankan currency

The official currency of the country is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). Currency exchange offices are easily found upon arrival at the airport, and the banks in cities also change EURO, USD, and GBP, but be prepared to wait in long lines.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions?

If you have any questions about traveling to Sri Lanka and applying for visas or other travel documents the iVisa team is available for assistance 24/7. You can contact our customer support team online or via email at [email protected].

Required Documents to Apply
  • Passport Personal Details Scan (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • Unvaccinated travelers must have a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure to Sri Lanka.

  • Applicants who are visiting Sri Lanka for business meetings/negotiations, conferences, workshops/seminars or for short term training programs are eligible to apply for a business visa.

  • Your Business Visa will allow you to enter Sri Lanka for 30 days in Total, with Double Entry.

  • Important: The validity of the Visa for the two entries is 30 days and starts on the first arrival date. This means the departure date for the second entry must be within 30 days of the first arrival date.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your listed arrival date.

  • The information submitted will be sent electronically to DI&E (Department of Immigration & Emigration) and iVisa will send you your Sri Lanka ETA online via email.

  • You cannot obtain a new ETA while you are in Sri Lanka, regardless of whether your current ETA is valid or expired.

  • Nationals of Yellow Fever affected countries must carry a yellow fever vaccination card at the time of arrival in Sri Lanka. See Yellow Fever countries here.

  • We suggest passengers verify the information, print it out, and bring a physical copy on their trip. The check-in staff at the airports can also verify the registration on their system, however, we highly recommend that clients keep a copy of it on their electronic device as well as carrying a printed copy.

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Citizens from most countries in the world require a visa to enter Sri Lanka. The only countries exempted from a Sri Lanka tourist visa are Singapore, Maldives, and Seychelles.
No. You will get the visa in PDF format via email.
A passport can only have one type of associated visa (while the visa is valid). In other words, if you already have a tourist visa, you can not take out a business visa until the tourist visa expires.

A yellow fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

More information in the following link:

The Business ETA can be applied for and issued online, eliminating the need to visit an embassy when trying to obtain a traditional visa.
Please contact us ASAP and we will assist on the matter. Note that generally if you made a mistake you will have to re-apply.
No. A new ETA cannot be obtained using the same passport until it expires (180 days after issue). If you lose the passport which contains the valid ETA you will need to apply for a new one since it is linked to your passport.
Applicants must have a passport valid for at least six months from your intended arrival date.
Normal business activities are allowed with the Business ETA, such as:
  • Participation in business meeting and negotiations
  • Participation in conferences, workshops, and seminars
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Doing business in a foreign country entails some research as to what the people in that particular country do. You need to learn their customs, their traditions, and some things about their business mentality. That is if you want to be successful on your trip. Plus, it is a known fact that doing some research improves your chances of success. It makes sense if you think about it. People will always appreciate if you are making an effort to learn their habits. Sri Lanka is no different, and if you are thinking of collaborating with business people from Sri Lanka, you should have the next tips on mind. What you need to remember is that Sri Lanka is still recovering from the civil war. It lasted until 2009, so there are still some things that need improving. But that is a good thing for you as a business person. You can find plenty of opportunities. However, since there are several ethnicities in Sri Lanka, you should consider learning a bit about each and everyone. You do not need to know everything, but enough so that you can get around and make a good impression. One thing that you must know is that Sri Lanka is a religious country. Also, seniority is very important, which is why you need to act accordingly. Showing respect is paramount when dealing with delegations, and you must always be careful when having a serious conversation. What you will find odd, however, is that since Sri Lanka is religious, some of the people from the Sri Lankan delegation will ask help from their deity when making a business decision. This is an important tradition, and under no circumstances should you mock it. You might as well just hop on a plane to where you came from. When it comes to communication, this part is a bit tricky. Why? Because you may find yourself in a room filled with people that only speak Sinhalese or Tamil. Some speak English, and they will take advantage of the situation to improve it. However, the best course of action is to hire an interpreter. Even so, the people of Sri Lanka are very expressive, and you will be able to read between the lines most of the times. One aspect that can be found in many cultures is how the people of Sri Lanka value personal relationships before engaging in actual business. Most of the times, the first meeting is all about you. They will want to get to know you before going down to business. All you can do is be patient and take it. Otherwise, you may come off as offensive and nobody will want to collaborate with you. Moreover, since hierarchy is very important in Sri Lanka, getting to an upper level may take a while. In the meantime, you should create a solid relationship with someone from a lower level. Again, patience is paramount even if it is frustrating. You should never complain or try to rush things. That is not going to happen anyway. As for greetings, it can be challenging because of the difference in ethnicity. However, nobody in Sri Lanka expects you to know all the rules. As a result, a handshake will suffice. However, avoid initiating physical contact with the opposite sex. For example, some women in the business world are still trying to avoid contact with males other than the ones in their family. Leave the initiative to them, and if they extend their arm, just go with the flow. If a person in the Sri Lankan delegation has a title, you should definitely use it. If not, you should just be polite and address the person in question using sir or madam. Also, you should never use someone’s first name unless you are told to do so. It is incredibly informal and you will be considered impolite. Just like in most countries, when your first meet the Sri Lankan delegation, there will be a business card exchange before moving on. It is not a must to translate your business card into Sinhalese or Tamil, but it will be considered a nice gesture, so you should make that effort. Also, your card should be very specific as to what your position is within the company you are working in. Lastly, when you receive a Sri Lankan’s business card, do not put it in your pocket right away. Take a look at it and try to look like you are impressed as they like that. Giving gifts on the first meeting is not a custom, but it happens at times. When that is the case, you need to have a gift on standby so that you can reciprocate the gesture. However, you need to be very careful what you are buying for your host. You cannot offer gifts that contain pork’s skin because you may offend the Muslim Sri Lankans. You cannot give leather gifts either because Sri Lanka has Hindu in its population. Also, flowers are meant for mourning, so they are a bad idea. The point is that you should choose a gift wisely. Generally, the people if Sri Lanka are very nice, and they will welcome you with their arms open. However, some things make them reluctant in talking to you about. For example, it is okay to talk about the war, but not too much so that you do not open old wounds. Politics is a suitable subject of conversation but nothing that led to the war. If you are interested in a new collaboration or expanding your business, Sri Lanka may not be such a bad idea. It is a new market that needs improving, and people there are eager to make a comeback. Tourism is not as good as you would want, and the lack of infrastructure may compel you to jump through a few hoops, but they need to start somewhere. As long as you are aware of and respect their traditions and culture, you should get along with the business people of Sri Lanka just fine.
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