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Frequently Asked Questions for Travelling to Sri Lanka as a Tourist

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GENERAL NOTICE

Please note that the Consular Section of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin is not responsible for visas for Sri Lankan citizens wishing to enter Germany and cannot provide any assistance in such cases. For these purposes, the persons concerned should contact the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Colombo.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

1. Is Sri Lanka open for tourists from all countries?

Yes, Sri Lanka introduced simple health guidelines for tourists to adhere when travelling in Sri Lanka

2. What are the required documents for my travel to Sri Lanka?

a. Visa
b. Proof of vaccination
c. Proof of health insurance
d. Health Declaration

3. Where can I find further details on the current travel requirements?

All travel related information could be accessed through Sri Lanka Tourism and Ministry of Health official websites

Ministry of Health -http://www.health.gov.lk/moh_final/english/news_read_more.php?id=999

You could also retrieve latest visa regulations/ travel updates from Mission social media platforms

Website – https://www.srilanka-botschaft.de/visa-residence/visa-guidelines-for-tourists

4. Is there a mandatory minimum stay?

No

 

OBTAINING A VISA

5. How should I apply for visa to Sri Lanka?

On arrival visa

German passport holders can obtain on arrival visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.

ETA

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka . Please visit : http://www.eta.gov.lk

More info could be accessed here - https://www.srilanka-botschaft.de/visa-residence/visa-guidelines-for-tourists

6. What do I do if ETA system is not functioning ?

You can obtain on-arrival visa subject to health guidelines

7. Can I get visa on arrival?

Yes

8. How can apply for visa if my stay exceeds 30 days?

You have 2 options.

Option 1 – Apply visa at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin for 90 days of stay

Option 2 – Apply visa online for 30 days and extend it upon arrival in Sri Lanka

Online-Visa - http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

9. I am travelling with my son who is 2 years old and I cannot process ETA application when I select ‘No’ for vaccine status. How can I proceed?

You can obtain on-arrival visa for the whole family at the port of entry

 

HEALTH REGULATIONS FOR TRAVEL

10. Is it mandatory to have a pre-departure PCR test?

The requirement to produce a pre-boarding or on arrival negative Covid-19 test (PCR/RAT) by any person arriving to Sri Lanka by any airport or seaport has been removed. Please check with your airline before booking if your airline is aware of this.

11. Is a Rapid Antigen test valid for my entry?

The requirement to produce a pre-boarding or on arrival negative Covid-19 test (PCR/RAT) by any person arriving to Sri Lanka by any airport or seaport has been removed. Please check with your airline before booking if your airline is aware of this.

12. Is the PCR requirement applicable for children?

The requirement to produce a pre-boarding or on arrival negative Covid-19 test (PCR/RAT) by any person arriving to Sri Lanka by any airport or seaport has been removed. Please check with your airline before booking if your airline is aware of this.

 

PROOF OF VACCINATION OR RECOVERY

13. Should I be vaccinated to travel to Sri Lanka?

The requirement to produce COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate by any person arriving to Sri Lanka via any airport or sea port has been removed.

 

OTHER

14. What happens if someone is tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms on arrival?

If foreign nationals / tourists become Covide-19 positive after arriving to Sri Lanka, they should isolate for seven days in a private hospital / hotel / place of residence. The cost of treatment / isolation should be borne by foreign nationals / tourists.

 

15. Important contacts

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin, Germany
Ms. Nisa Haneefa
Tel – (030) 80909749
Email –
Website - https://www.srilanka-botschaft.de/visa-residence/visa-guidelines-for-tourists

Bandaranaiake International Airport
Telephone: +94 11 226 4444
Airport Duty Manager: +94 11 226 3333
Email :

Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
Director - Chief Operations - All Airports
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
Tel: + 94 47 203 1100
Tel: + 94 47 203 1000
Tel: + 94 47 203 1111

Civil Aviation Authority
Tel : 0094 112 358 800
Email :

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
Hotline – 1912
Tel : 0094 112 426 900
Email – or