Visa for Sri Lanka application

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The Sri Lanka visa

Travelling to Sri Lanka for a holiday or on business? Then you need a Sri Lanka visa. Applying for the visa can be done entirely online. This only takes five minutes and costs € 44,95 per person.

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Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19, the immigration service of Sri Lanka has taken temporary measures. You can still submit a visa application, but first read this article about the coronavirus in Sri Lanka and what you should keep in mind.

How does applying online work?

1. Apply for visa

Sri Lanka visa application

Apply for a Sri Lanka visa through the online application form. Filling it in only takes 5 minutes.

2. Pay online

Pay for the visa

After filling in the form, you can safely and easily pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.

3. Official visa

Urgent visa by e-mail

You receive your visa by e-mail. With urgent applications, generally within 23 minutes after completing the payment.

Explanation about the visa

Need a visa? All travellers going to Sri Lanka are required to possess a visa. Sri Lankaʼs visas are divided into three categories: visas for business trips, visas for tourism and visas for transits. Applying for the right visa is very easy. This is done by filling in the application form before departure, making the required payment, and finally waiting until the visa is automatically sent to you by e-mail. Are you in a rush because you are travelling to Sri Lanka soon? Select an urgent delivery. Urgent applications are completed on average within 23 minutes.

What is meant with the “Sri Lanka Visa”, the “e-visa Sri Lanka” and the “ETA Sri Lanka"? Most travellers do not stay in Sri Lanka for longer than 30 days. These travellers can apply for a digital variant of the visa, also known as the e-visa or ETA. The benefit of this digital version is that the traveller can apply for it online. If you wish to stay in Sri Lanka for less than 30 days, you do not need to file a visa application at the embassy. You can submit the application entirely online. Apply for the Sri Lanka visa now.

Extend visa in Colombo

Do you want to stay in Sri Lanka for longer than 30 days? Then you can still apply for the 30-day valid visa on this website. After arriving in Sri Lanka, you then go to the Immigration Services Centre (No. 330, Galle Road, Colombo 03 Sri Lanka, +94-727-591-591). There, you can have it extended up to a maximum of 90 days.

Validity and requirements

To travel to Sri Lanka, each traveller needs to possess a valid visa (ETA). This ETA is valid for six months, allowing for a single entry into the country, with a maximum stay of 30 days. At the time of applying, no flight ticket needs to have been booked yet. However, a return ticket is required at the time of your trip to Sri Lanka. The traveller also has to be able to prove that they possess sufficient financial means to pay for the stay in Sri Lanka. Finally, the traveller is required to hold a passport that is valid for at least six more months at the time of arrival in Sri Lanka.

So for a trip to Sri Lanka, each traveller is required to possess:

  1. A passport which is valid for at least 6 more months at the time of arrival
  2. A flight ticket for a return flight or transit
  3. Sufficient financial means to pay for the stay in Sri Lanka

Do you want to work in Sri Lanka? If it concerns a business trip, you are allowed to apply for a business visa on this website. If you want to enter into employment with an organisation located in Sri Lanka, or want to live or study there, you need to apply for a specific visa which you can only get at the embassy.

Apply for visa

You can submit your application for the visa 24 hours a day through this website. This can be done for yourself, but also for an entire group of travellers at once, which saves you a lot of time. You can also submit an application for someone else; you need the passport information of the traveller to do that. In the form, you indicate whether it concerns a business trip, a holiday or a transit in Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka visa costs € 44,95 per person. For the business visa, an additional fee of € 10,00 is charged. Payment can be made in various ways, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.

Urgent Sri Lanka visa

Travellers without a valid visa are not allowed to enter Sri Lanka. That is why it is recommended applying for a visa well in advance, so you can be certain that the visa will be granted on time. If you expect to arrive within 72 hours, submit an urgent application; these are approved on average within 23 minutes. To do this, fill in the normal application form and check the “Urgent delivery” box. The application will be processed immediately. Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer any guarantees on the delivery times for Sri Lanka visas, even when urgent.

Trip to Sri Lanka

After you have received the e-mail confirmation that your visa application has been approved, you can go on your trip to Sri Lanka. On the plane, you will be handed a so-called Disembarkation Card. This is a small paper form on which you fill in some information, including your travel details and travel purpose. After arrival in Sri Lanka, you will go through the passport check where you show your passport, along with the filled-in Disembarkation Card. Generally, you will not be asked for the visa, as the immigration service can tell by your passport number whether a visa has been granted. Make sure to print the visa (ETA) and take it with you, so you can show it in exceptional cases.

Get to work on your visa application

Start the application for the Sri Lanka visa today by filling in the application form. Do you have questions about the procedure or the document itself? Read the frequently asked questions. Should you be unable to find the answer to your question there, you can contact our customer service.


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PurposeTourism, business, transits
ValidityStarts on arrival
Stay30 days (after extension 90 days)
Delivery timeOn average 72 hours (urgent: 23 minutes)
Cost€ 44,95 per visa
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