Sri Lanka Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Sri Lanka, passports should have one blank page and be valid for no less than six months from the date of arrival.

Visas

Visas to Sri Lanka are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival. Tourists must apply online through the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ETA) (www.eta.gov.lk) and pay the requisite application fee.

Business and transit passengers also require visas.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the nearest embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for Sri Lanka.

Types and cost

Transit visa: free; double-entry tourist visa: US$30. Children under 12 are exempt from paying a visa fee for stays of up to 30 days.

You can also apply for a visa through the embassy/high commission. The fees are as follows:

Tourist visa: £35 (up to 30 days); £45 (30-90 days).

Validity

Transit visas: two days; double-entry ETA tourist visa: 30 days; tourist visa from embassy/high commission: 30 or 90 days.

Application to

In person at the nearest consulate (or consular section of high commission/embassy) or online (www.eta.gov.lk).

Working days

The ETA tourist visa generally takes two days to come through.

If you apply through the embassy/high commission, allow three working days for visa processing.

Extension of stay

Visitors can request to extend their ETA by applying to the Department of Immigration & Emigration (www.immigration.gov.lk). This is issued at the discretion of the authorities who must be satisfied that the applicant has sufficient funds and holds an onward or return ticket for travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7262 1841. Website: http://www.srilankahighcommission.co.uk/ Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1700; 0930-1300 (visa section).
Embassy of Sri Lanka in the USA
Telephone: (202) 483 402 528. Website: http://www.slembassyusa.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

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