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Visa Guidelines for Tourists

Important Notice

Revision of ETA Processing Fee

As per the instructions received from the Controller General, Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka, be informed that the ETA visa processing fee is revised with immediate effect from 28/12/2015 00.00 hrs.

Click here to see the revised ETA Processing Fees.

All foreign visitors to Sri Lanka should obtain a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Visitors who already possess a valid Sri Lankan passport or valid residence permit in Sri Lanka do not need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. Visitors for other than tourist purposes (i.e. diplomatic, business, journalist, etc.) must obtain visa prior to travel to Sri Lanka, irrelevant of length of stay.
 

Short-stay Tourist Visa

Visas for up to 30 days stay in Sri Lanka for tourist purposes can be obtained by the following methods:

1. Port of Entry in Sri Lanka: Submit visa application and payment at Colombo International Airport. A fee of USD 5 in addition to the visa fee will be charged for this service.

2. Online ETA System: Submit visa application through the ETA system at www.eta.gov.lk and pay visa fee by credit card. Applicant must input personal details including email address and are advised regarding the status of the application. Successful applicants are given a confirmation number (reference number) of the visa which should be shown at the Colombo International Airport during the immigration procedure.

3. In Person: Submit visa application in person at the Sri Lanka Mission in Berlin at least two weeks prior to travel. If you come personally to the Mission please do not transfer money through the bank, but pay cash to the cashier and obtain a receipt.

4. By Post: Submit visa application by post at least five weeks prior to travel date. Please include passport, necessary documents, and proof of payment by way of photocopy of the bank transfer. If the passport and documents are to be returned by mail, a self-addressed envelope with Euro 3.95 stamps should be included with the application. Applications send without stamped return envelope will be retained until the applicant collects them personally.

Visa fees: >>>>

Bank details: >>>> 


Long-stay Tourist Visa

Visa must be obtained for visits of more than 30 days duration prior to travel. The Embassy in Berlin can issue visa for 90-days stay for applicants who fulfil the prerequisites. Extensions for longer than 90-days must be applied for within Sri Lanka. Special purpose visas and long-stay visas can be obtained by the following methods:

1. In Person: Submit visa application in person at the Sri Lanka Mission in Berlin at least two weeks prior to travel. If you come personally to the Mission please do not transfer money through the bank, but pay cash to the cashier and obtain a receipt.

2. By Post: Submit visa application by post at least five weeks prior to travel date. Please include passport, necessary documents, and proof of payment by way of photocopy of the bank transfer. If the passport and documents are to be returned by mail, a self-addressed envelope with Euro 3.95 stamps should be included with the application. Applications send without stamped return envelope will be retained until the applicant collects them personally.

Visa fees: >>>>

Bank details: >>>>

3. Online ETA System is not available for special purpose visits and long-stay visits.


Requirements for Visa Application

  1. Duly completed visa application form with signature. Please clearly write applicant's name, address and telephone number
  2. Valid Passport with at least one unused visa page. The Passport should be valid for six months from the date of arrival to Sri Lanka.
  3. Copy of flight booking or cruise-ship reservation
  4. Copy of travel plan in Sri Lanka. If hotel reservations are not done, the names and addresses of planned visits/overnights
  5. Payment


Visa Application Form

Click here to download the ETA visa application form.
 

Important Notes

  • Nationals from Singapore and Maldives do not need a visa under the bi-lateral program.
  • Nationals who are eligible to obtain On-Arrival visas can apply for entry visa at the port of arrival in Sri Lanka. Please check the Sri Lanka immigration website for further details.
  • The payment can be made at the Bandaranaike International Airport, in designated foreign currencies equivalent to the value of US Dollars in cash or by means of a credit card. Balance will be paid in Sri Lankan Rupees only.
  • Crew members of flights and ships do not require a visa.
  • Children under 12 years of age do not require to pay the visa processing fee up to 30 days. 
  • Please do not send your fees in cash by mail. The Mission cannot be held responsible for any cash sent by mail
  • Visa fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable

Above information is provided as of January 2017. For updated visa regulations please contact the ETA website, Sri Lanka Immigrations or your nearest Diplomatic Mission prior to travel.