Sri Lanka visa : the procedure
The procedure for applying for a tourist visa for Sri Lanka has changed. You have to apply online for all tourist visas. This section will show you how.
1) Go on: www.eta.gov.lk as soon as your booking is confirmed (not more than 90 days prior your date of arrival in Sri Lanka)
2) Pay for your ETA visa online: 50 USD/ person adult. Currently, the visas being issued are valid for 30 days, but there will soon be a 3-month option. If your visa is for 30 days, you can ask for a visa extension of up to 3 months upon arrival at the airport in Sri Lanka. You can also request visa on arrival, 60 USD/ person adult
3) Sri Lankan visa authorities will process your visa request and get back to you shortly with approval, sent by email. Make sure to print out your receipt and take it with you on your trip!
4) Book your international flight. We recommend that you book your plane tickets through a travel agency, so they can assist you if needed.
Notes: Special rates apply to the residents of SAARC countries. Visas are free for kids below 12 years old. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of arrival in Sri Lanka.
Please note that the above information may not be up to date. Please contact the nearest Sri Lankan embassy, or check their website for the latest information on obtaining a visa to Sri Lanka.
*This article was updated on 09-12-2022, following the latest regulations published by Sri Lankan authorities.
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