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Tourist Visa

Notice on free Visit Visa travel to Sri Lanka

Please be noted that the period of ETA fee waiver program lapsed from 31.01.2020 for those who hold passports of following listed countries and travel to Sri Lanka for tourist purposes.

Accordingly, Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) System automatically converted in to the previous version and the same payment structure will be applied as mentioned in the web site of Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka.


Applying online

Any foreign national who will be visiting Sri Lanka for a short period is required to apply ETA and ensure pre-approval before the journey to avoid unnecessary delays at the port of entry and adhere with enhanced pre clearance.

An intended traveller from any other country then the ones mentioned above, planning a holiday visit, transit through, needs to apply and obtain visa (ETA) prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by logging www.eta.gov.lk

The types of ETA:

  • ETA for Tourist purpose with double entry for 30 (thirty) days
  • ETA for Transit for 07 (seven) days. (First 48 hours free of charge.)

A visitor wishing to stay more than 30 days in Sri Lanka may apply for an extension. The short term visit visa may be extended up to 90 days from the date of arrival at the first instance and further 90 days at the second instance.

Application for an extension should be submitted to the Visa Section of the Department of Immigration (head office), Colombo, by visiting the Department or through an Authorized Agent.

Those who are not in a position to apply on-line or unable to submit applications online may submit applications to this Embassy so that the Embassy could process their request in consultation with the Department of Immigration & Emigration on behalf of the applicant. Visa shall be delivered within 3 (three) working days if submitted application is complete.

Documents required

  • Duly filled application – Download Application
  • Applicant’s valid passport together with a copy of the passport (six months valid passport from the date of arrival is required)
  • Copy of air ticket
  • Appropriate visa fee (35USD for 30 days or less, single entry)

On-Arrival Visa (valid only for tourist visa)

Those who are not in a position to apply online, through Sri Lanka diplomatic Missions or travelling on an emergency, could apply at a special counter at the airport.

Documents required

  • Duly filled application –  Download Application
  • Payment can be made by VISA,MASTER AND AMERICAN EXPRESS (Credit /Debit Cards)
  • Or one of the foreign currencies designated by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka(schedule ii)