Visa for Sri Lanka application
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 about five minutes and costs €14,95 per person.
Due to Corona / COVID-19, the immigration service of Sri Lanka has imposed temporary restrictions on the use of issued visas for Sri Lanka. Individuals that have been to China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway and/or The United Kingdom, are temporarily not allowed to travel to Sri Lanka, even if they possess a visa. However, it is still possible to submit an online visa application for a trip that will take place after the aforementioned Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. The immigration service has not yet decided when this will be. What is known for certain is that any financial damages that arise from this situation will not be reimbursed, such as the purchase costs of a visa for Sri Lanka which cannot be used due to the Corona measures.
How does applying online work?
1. Apply for visa
Apply for a Sri Lanka visa through the online application form. Filling it in only takes 5 minutes.
2. Pay online
After filling in the form, you pay safely and easily with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.
3. Official visa
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 Lanka’s 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? Choose for an urgent application, which 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 don’t stay in Sri Lanka for longer than 30 days. For these travellers, the possibility exists of applying for a digital variant of the visa. This variant is also known as the e-visa, or ETA. The benefit of this digital version is that the traveller can apply for it easily online. If you wish to stay in Sri Lanka for less than 30 days, you won’t need to file a visa application at the embassy. You can submit the application entirely online. Apply for the Sri Lanka visa now.
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 staying duration of 30 days. At the moment of application, no flight ticket needs to have been booked yet. However, a return ticket is required to have been booked 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 still 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:
- A passport which is still valid for at least 6 more months at the time of arrival
- A flight ticket for a return flight or transit
- 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 this visa 24 hours a day through this website. This can be done for yourself, but also for an entire travel company at once. This saves you a lot of time. You can also submit an application for someone else; you require the passport information of the traveller to do that. In this form you indicate whether it concerns a business trip, a holiday, or a transit in Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka visa costs €14,95 per person. For the business visa there is an additional fee of €10,00. Payment can be made in various ways, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.
Urgent Sri Lanka visa
You can apply for the Sri Lanka visa online, but this can only be done if you are outside of Sri Lanka. You need to submit an application before you leave on your trip. Do this preferably several days before departure. 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 regular application form and check the “Urgent” box. The application will be processed immediately. Unfortunately, it’s 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 will show your passport, along with the filled in Disembarkation Card. Generally, you won’t be asked for the visa, as the immigration service can tell by the 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 and answers. Should you be unable to find the answer to your question here, you can ask your question to our customer service. We wish you a successful journey and a comfortable stay in Sri Lanka.
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