Sri Lanka Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Sri Lanka, passports should have one blank page and be valid for no less than six months from the date of arrival.
Since 2012, it is no longer possible for foreign nationals (except Singaporean and Maldivian nationals) to obtain 30-day visas on arrival at the airport in Sri Lanka. Tourists must apply online through the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (www.eta.gov.lk) and pay the requisite application fee.
Business and transit visas are required by all nationals, although countries listed above can obtain a landing endorsement from Colombo airport if they wish to leave the airport and enter the country as tourists during the transit.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the nearest embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for Sri Lanka.
Two-day transit visa: free; single- or double-entry tourist visa: US$30. Children under 12 are exempt from paying a visa fee for stays of up to 30 days.
Transit visas: two days; single-entry tourist visa: up to 90 days; double-entry tourist visa: up to 30 or 90 days.
In person at the nearest consulate (or consular section of high commission/embassy) or online (www.eta.gov.lk).
Generally takes two days to come through, although sometimes longer depending on the type of visa applied for.
Visitors can request to extend their stay 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.