Business Visa   

You should apply for a Business Visa if you are travelling to Sri Lanka for one or several of the following purposes:

Participation in business meetings and negotiations

Conferences, workshops and seminars

Training programmes

Participation in art, music and dance events

Participation in symposiums

Participation in religious events

Note: under no circumstance could you change the status of visa after arrival in Sri Lanka. For example, a person who visits Sri Lanka on holiday cannot engage in any business/ profession, social work, charity or any other form of voluntary work or employment paid or unpaid without obtaining prior visas for such purposes. If such changes are required after arrival in Sri Lanka, the person will be required to leave the country and obtain the appropriate visa from the nearest Sri Lankan Mission, with the approval of the Controller General of Immigration & Emigration.

COVID-19 related health protocol applicable for travelers visiting Sri Lanka: 

Facilities to complete Arrival and Departure cards online from 1st January 2023

Preventive measures for persons arriving from overseas during the pandemic of COVID - 19 - Issued on 6 December 2022

COVID - 19 insurance coverage for foreign passport holders

Covid-19 Insurance Coverage for foreign Passport Holders - Issued on 17th June 2022


Short-term Business Visa

If the length of stay in Sri Lanka is less than 30 days, the applicant or a third party on his/her behalf can apply for Business visa through ETA website An ETA visa holder is entitled to enter Sri Lanka within three months from the date of issue of ETA.

All applicants must pay an ETA processing fee online. The online payment must be paid with a valid debit or credit card. Any payments made to other websites or agencies are not valid to process the ETA. Therefore, please ensure that the payment is made on to avoid having to pay again at the port of entry to Sri Lanka. The Department of Emigration and Immigration maintains a NO REFUND policy.

It is advisable to keep a copy of the ETA approval with you to be produced at the port of entry in Sri Lanka.

To check your ETA application status, you may log onto the ETA website or contact 24/7 dedicated ETA call centre on 0094 71 99 67 888.

Business Visa for more than 30 days

If you wish to stay more than 30 days (for three months) in Sri Lanka for business purposes, an application must be submitted to this Consulate General.

Documents required:

ETA application form dully filled and signed (Business Visa Application Form)

Letter of invitation from the counterpart in Sri Lanka. This should include recommendation, details of the status of the applicant, nature of business, duration of stay, availability of funds, details of the counterpart in Sri Lanka

One recent passport-size colour photograph

Confirmation of travel arrangements such as a copy of return air ticket or flight itinerary obtained from a travel agent or cruise-ship reservation  

Visa fee of CHF 147 for more than 30 days upto 90 days-single entry

Visa fee of CHF 241 for more than 30 days upto 90 days-double entry 

Visa fee of CHF 335 for more than 30 days upto 90 days-multiple entry 

Passport – The validity of the passport must be at least six months beyond the date of entry into Sri Lanka.

Travel Itinerary and address and the telephone number of the place of accommodation. (hotel vouchers and bills)

Applicants, who are not Swiss passport holders should produce a valid Residence Permit in Switzerland

How to submit the application:

At the Consulate General

  • Visa can be applied by physically submitting an application to the Consulate General. When submitting a visa application personally by hand, visa fee must be paid in cash at the counter of the Consulate General. To obtain an appointment please click appointments

By Post

  • Visa can be applied by sending the application by post with the aforementioned required documents to:

Consulate General of Sri Lanka,
56, Rue de Moillebeau,
P.O. Box 436,
1211 Geneva 19.

* The Consulate General will not to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.

Please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the Consulate to return the passport through registered mail.  When a visa application is sent by post, the applicable visa fee has to be paid to the below mentioned bank account of the Consulate General and enclose a copy of the bank payment receipt:

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

Processing time: 3-7 working days

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