Sri Lanka visa application and requirements
Sri Lanka Visa

Sri Lanka visa

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    Tourist E-visa
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    Business visa
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Visa is not required for a stay up to 180 days

Visa is not required for a stay up to 180 days

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  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in Sri Lanka such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Business Support Letter. A support letter from the sending company which introduces the applicant, states the nature of the trip, and specifies the type and desired validity of the visa,where it is specified that the reason for the stay is exclusively for business, commercial negotiations, etc

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Sri Lanka, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    State the nature of the business to be conducted (i.e. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the destination country.
    Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (i.e. a one year multiple entry business visa).

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least six months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Sri Lanka and has at least two blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months.

  • Itinerary. A reservation of the flight itinerary under the traveler's name. Must show flights entering and exiting Sri Lanka.

  • Bank statement. Copy of the applicant's most recent monthly bank statement. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balances of the accounts, and the date of the statement.

  • Personal letter. A personal letter from the applicant addressed to the Embassy of Sri Lanka, explaining the purpose of the trip, dates of travel, cities to be visited, and place of accommodation. The letter must be written and signed personally by the visa applicant or their legal guardian. A tour company cannot provide the letter on the visa applicant's behalf.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in Sri Lanka such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Business Support Letter. A support letter from the sending company which introduces the applicant, states the nature of the trip, and specifies the type and desired validity of the visa,where it is specified that the reason for the stay is exclusively for business, commercial negotiations, etc

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Sri Lanka, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    State the nature of the business to be conducted (i.e. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the destination country.
    Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (i.e. a one year multiple entry business visa).

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in Sri Lanka such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Business Support Letter. A support letter from the sending company which introduces the applicant, states the nature of the trip, and specifies the type and desired validity of the visa,where it is specified that the reason for the stay is exclusively for business, commercial negotiations, etc

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Sri Lanka, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    State the nature of the business to be conducted (i.e. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the destination country.
    Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (i.e. a one year multiple entry business visa).

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in Sri Lanka such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Business Support Letter. A support letter from the sending company which introduces the applicant, states the nature of the trip, and specifies the type and desired validity of the visa,where it is specified that the reason for the stay is exclusively for business, commercial negotiations, etc

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Sri Lanka, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    State the nature of the business to be conducted (i.e. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the destination country.
    Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (i.e. a one year multiple entry business visa).

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in Sri Lanka such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Business Support Letter. A support letter from the sending company which introduces the applicant, states the nature of the trip, and specifies the type and desired validity of the visa,where it is specified that the reason for the stay is exclusively for business, commercial negotiations, etc

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Sri Lanka, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    State the nature of the business to be conducted (i.e. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the destination country.
    Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (i.e. a one year multiple entry business visa).

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • Visas to Sri Lanka are electronic. No documents need to be mailed to VisaHQ for processing.You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.

Sri Lanka Tourist E-visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidityProcessingEmbassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
2 days Single EntryUp to 180 daysSame day$0.00$30.00$0.00$30.00
2 days Single EntryUp to 180 daysSame day$0.00$30.00$0.00$30.00
2 days Single EntryUp to 180 daysSame day$0.00$30.00$0.00$30.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 daysNext business day$0.00$59.00$0.00$59.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 daysNext business day$0.00$59.00$0.00$59.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 daysNext business day$0.00$59.00$0.00$59.00
Multiple entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 daysNext business day$40.00$69.00$0.00$109.00
Multiple entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 daysNext business day$40.00$69.00$0.00$109.00
Multiple entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 daysNext business day$40.00$69.00$0.00$109.00
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Single Entry
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Up to 180 days
Validity
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to get your visa
$30.00
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(30 days stay)
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Double entry
entries
Up to 180 days
Validity
Next business day
to get your visa
$59.00
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(30 days stay)
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Multiple entry
entries
Up to 180 days
Validity
Next business day
to get your visa
$109.00
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sri Lanka visa

  • What is an ETA?
    It is an Electronic Travel Authorization granted online through the web based visa system implemented by DI&E.
  • Do I need a ticket before I apply for visa?
    ETA can be obtained even before booking your ticket.
  • How does the airline know that I have a valid visa to travel?
    ETA is not a pre-condition to board a flight/vessel to Sri Lanka.
  • Is my personal information secure to submit online?
    This site operates under the principles outlined in the Privacy Statement. Only the data required to process your application will be collected. It will be used only for this purpose. Data in your ETA application will be stored on our secured servers. Please see the Privacy Statement for more information.
  • What happens if I already possess a valid visa?
    If you already possess a valid Residence Visa or Multiple Entry Visa, a fresh ETA application cannot be lodged until that visa expires or is cancelled.
  • If I already possess a valid visa, can I apply for a fresh visa again?
    ETA is valid for six months and a fresh ETA cannot be obtained using the same passport until that ETA expires. If you lose the passport which contains the valid ETA you may apply for a fresh ETA by paying the relevant fee again.
  • What happens if my application is not approved?
    If your ETA application is not approved it will be referred to the nearest Sri Lanka Overseas Mission. which you may contact for further assistance.
  • If my e-Visa application is denied, will my fees be refunded?
    It is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
    Once an application is submitted processed and payment is made, you cannot cancel the transaction and the payment cannot be reimbursed. Therefore, please ensure that you enter your personal details correctly. If you have made an error, it is important that you correct it before confirmation. Once you have confirmed the details, your electronic payment card (credit card/e-commerce enabled debit card) will be debited for the non-refundable service charge. If you find out later that you have made a mistake, then you will have to submit a fresh application and pay the relevant fee again.
  • Can I apply for a fresh visa while being in the destination country?
    You cannot obtain a fresh ETA while being in Sri Lanka irrespective of whether your ETA is valid or expired.

    Sri Lanka Embassy list in United States of America

    Sri Lanka Customs

    Import Regulations Export Regulations Health and Security Contact Customs Authorities
    Allowed
    • Alcoholic beverages(For residents over 18 years old): 2.5L of alcoholic liquor, 2 L of wine; (For non-residents over 18 years old): 1.5 liters of spirits and 2 bottles of wine.
    • Perfume(For residents over 18 years old): 250 ml of perfume; (For non-residents over 18 years old): 250 ml of Eau de Toilette and small quantity of perfume.
    • Gifts
    • (For non-residents over 18 years old): gifts and souvenirs not exceeding value of US$250.
    Restricted
    • Pets and animalsPets – before bringing any pets into Sri Lanka, prior authorization must be obtained from the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH).
    • Arms and ammunitionWeaponry and ammunition - with permission only.
    • Plant and plant productsPlants, animals any part thereof and foodstuff. Import permit must be obtained prior to travel.
    • MedicationsMedicines, for personal use only, in original packaging and accompanied by the prescription and doctor’s note.
    • CurrencyCurrency – any local or foreign currency exceeding equivalent of US $15,000 needs to be declared, local currency (Sri Lanka Rupee) up to 20,000.
    • Goods for tradeGoods for commercial or trade purposes, except trade samples.
    Prohibited
    • Drugs
    • Pornographic material
    • Anti-religion materials
    • CurrencyIndian and Pakistani currency
    Allowed
    • CurrencyCurrency – foreign currencies up to the amounts imported and/or declared, local currency (Sri Lanka Rupee) up to 20,000.
    • Goods for personal use
    Restricted
    • Arms and ammunitionWeaponry and ammunition - with permission only.
    • Plant and plant productsPlants, animals any part thereof and foodstuff. Import permit must be obtained prior to travel.
    • MedicationMedicines, for personal use only, in original packaging and accompanied by the prescription and doctor’s note.
    • Goods for trade
    • Cultural artefacts
    Prohibited
    • Drugs
    • Pornographic material
    • Anti-religion materials
    • CurrencyIndian and Pakistani currency
    Basic health information for travelers to Sri Lanka
    • Japanese encephalitis, Tetanus and Rabies are present in this country so every precaution needs to be taken in order to avoid infection (mosquitoes bites, animal bites, cuts).
    • Travellers are advised to utilise insect repellent and close clothing to limit the risk of infection. There have been several cases of H5N1 Bird Flu in the country and travellers should avoid visiting live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where you may come into close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.
    • Emergency medical treatment in Sri Lanka is not easily available outside main cities, Being brought to Colombo for treatment might be expected.
    • Mosquito based diseases including Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Malaria are common in the country and travellers are strongly advised to wear close fitting clothing and obtain plenty of insect repellent for protection. Travellers bitten are urged to immediately seek medical aid before symptoms develop.
    Basic security information for travelers to Sri Lanka
    • There is a general danger from international terrorism in this country with both foreign and native civilians being at risk. Travellers should exercise consiThere is a greater than average danger from international terrorism in this country with both foreign and native civilians being at risk. Travellers should exercise considerable caution when visiting commercial establishments, government facilities, and public or religious sites.
    • Credit card fraud is the most common type of crime affecting visitors. It is advisable to use cash wherever possible and to use ATMs attached to banks or major hotels.
    • A high military presence and the ongoing possibility of a fresh outbreak of violence can be happned at any time.
    Sri Lankan Customs contact information
    For further assistance please contact the Sri Lankan Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.

    • Address No.40, Main Street, Colombo 11, Sri Lanka
    • Phone +94 11 2143434 +94 11 2221602-3 +94 11 2221607 +94 11 2221611 +94 11 2221713
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    For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Sri Lankan Embassy.

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