|Thursday, 20 March 2008|
Foreign passport holders visiting Sri Lanka for a period of less than 30 days for the purposes of tourism, business or transit are required to apply online and obtain the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) through the official website of the Department of Immigration & Emigration (DI&E) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka with effective from 01st January 2012: www.eta.gov.lk.
When applying ETA by third parties payments are to be made through the arrangment displayed on our website www.eta.gov.lk and obtain acknowledgement of ETA application. Any payments made to other websites or agencies are not valid to process a valid ETA. Therefore, always ensure that the payments is made by accessing to Sri Lanka ETA website and avoid making repayment at the port of entry to Sri Lanka.
IMPORTANT!!! If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka for less than 30 days for the purpose of tourism, business or transit, you must apply online only! (www.eta.gov.lk). You can’t apply for short visit visa for the purposes of tourism, business or transit at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva.
If you wish to contact the Permanent Mission and Consulate General of Sri Lanka you are welcome to do so by phone No. 022 919 12 50.
On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of the Republic of Singapore and the Republic of Maldives are exempted from the requirement of obtaining ETA to visit Sri Lanka. For more information on exemption please click here
For further information on obtaining online visa, in addition to the above, please click here
Diplomatic and Official passport holders are exempted from paying the ETA processing fee, when their applications are channelled through State agencies such as Ministries, Statutory Bodies, Sri Lanka Overseas Missions etc. Diplomatic and Official passport holders should follow the normal ETA application procedure for their personal visits. For further information on exemption from paying ETA processing fee click here
Although the validity of the ETA is limited to 30 days from the date of arrival, it can be extended up to a period of 6 months. For more information, visit http://www.immigration.gov.lk
Nationals of other countries should obtain prior visas from the Sri Lanka Embassy/ Consulate in their country of residence or the nearest Sri Lanka Embassy which is concurrently accredited to their country, if the duration of stay is more than 30 days.
If there is no Sri Lankan Embassy/ Consulate accredited to their country of residence, they can obtain entry visas upon arrival at the point of entry, provided that prior permission of the Controller of Immigration and Emigration is obtained. Sri Lanka Embassy/ Consulate abroad are authorised to issue single-entry visit visas valid for a maximum period of three months only.
Visitors could get their visas extended for another three months at the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Those who intend to apply for a residence visa should contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration either themselves or through their local sponsor in order to obtain a pre-approved visa prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka.
For business visas, a letter from the employer detailing the reasons for the visit to Sri Lanka, and a sponsor/invitation letter from the business contact in Sri Lanka are required to be submitted along with other documents. Multiple entry visas for Sri Lanka are usually issued for investors and businessmen and not for tourists and other categories of visitors.
Multiple entry visas valid up to 12 months are issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Colombo or Sri Lanka Missions abroad with the approval of the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Please note that under no circumstances the status of visas will be changed after arrival in Sri Lanka (e.g. from a tourist visa to other category of visa such as residence visa). If changes are required, such applicants can apply for a fresh visa from Sri Lanka Embassy/ Consulate abroad, after leaving the country.
For further details, please visit the website of the Department of Immigration & Emigration www.immigration.gov.lk .
IMPORTANT!!! If you are visiting Sri Lanka for more than 30 days for the purpose of tourism or business you can apply at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva by following the procedure mentioned below! When you are applying for visa through the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva, you must pay the visa fees in Swiss Francs only!!!! US Dollars or other foreign currency are not accepted. For example, single entry tourist visa up to 3 months costs 45 CHF for Swiss passport holders.
You must not use the online visa application system www.eta.gov.lk . This system can be used only for a short visit for the purposes of tourism, business or transit -less than 30 days.
Documents required for a visit visa for Sri Lanka for more than 30 days
1. Visa application form duly filled & signed.
2. Original passport (minimum validity of 6 months beyond the period of stay).
3. One recent passport-size colour photograph.
4. Visa Fee must be paid when submitting visa application, payable at the counter of the Mission or through the Mission Bank account, details of which is appended below.
Name of the Bank: Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS)
Bank Account No. 240.256121.30A
Account Name: Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Geneva
IBAN CH 350024024025612130A
Clearing No. 240
If the documents are sent by post, please enclose copy of bank payment receipt. Please call the Consulate / Visa Section via phone No 022 919 1250 to find the visa fee applicable to your nationality.
5. Confirmation of travel arrangements, such as copy of return air ticket or flight itinerary obtained from a travel agent is required for issuance of visa.
6. A self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for registered mail (LSI) to return the passport (CHF. 7.00 stamp for registered mail) is also required.
7. For non-Swiss nationals: photocopy of the Resident/Stay Permit issued by Swiss authorities is a must.
For Business Visa
A letter from the employer detailing the reasons for the visit to Sri Lanka, and a sponsor/invitation letter from the business contact in Sri Lanka in addition to all of the above requirements.
Visas for journalists:
Journalists/media personnel who want to visit Sri Lanka on assignment need to obtain prior visas. In addition to the visa application form, media personnel are required to submit a list of equipment which they intend to take to Sri Lanka on the prescribed form. Journalists are advised to apply for visas well in advance, as the Consulate needs the clearance from the authorities in Colombo to issue visas for journalists.
They are also required to call over at the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Republic Building, Colombo 1 Tel (+94) 011 5339287/5361952/2437633, after their arrival in Sri Lanka to obtain their Media Accreditation issued by the Department of Information.
Media Accreditation will not be recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for any media personnel arriving in Sri Lanka on tourist visas. Media teams coming to Sri Lanka to film tourism promotional documentaries or Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) familiarisation tours are required to fill the SLTB Selection Criteria for Journalists/TV Crews for Familiarisation Tours form.
The Sri Lanka Tourist Board requires at least 30 working days for processing the relevant documents prior to the scheduled commencement of project. Such media teams should also have a ground handling team who will be coordinating the project in Sri Lanka. Media teams coming to Sri Lanka for filming of documentaries/feature films are required to complete the National Film Corporation Agreement and submit it along with the synopsis of the documentary/feature film, itinerary of the media team in Sri Lanka as well as locations of filming.
Since the Ministry of External Affairs need at least seven (07) working days to obtain the permission from the National Film Corporation, such media teams are advised to submit the necessary documents to this Consulate well in advance prior to their scheduled departure. For further information on visas or have an inquiry on visa matters, please call the Consulate General/Visa Section via phone No 022 919 1250 only.
Please send your duly completed visa applications to the following address:
Consulate General of Sri Lanka,
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 )|