Getting a Sri Lanka visa was never easier

Are you planning a vacation to Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka is one of the destinations on the rise for independent travellers and it has made the Sri Lanka tourist visa process really easy since the beginning of 2012.

No Sri Lanka visa required for

citizens of Singapore, Seychelles and the Maldives for a short stay of maximum 30 days.

Sri Lanka visa on arrival

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Where to get the Sri Lanka tourist visa

Everyone now has to perform a visa application online here. This process is called ETA, electronic travel authorisation.

You are required to enter your personal details, the details of your passport, a contact address of your residence country and a contact address in Sri Lanka. As a contact address in Sri Lanka the address of your first hotel or hostel should be sufficient.


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Which documents have to be provided

That’s the cool thing: If you apply with the ETA application, the answer is: None

Sri Lanka visa characteristics

An ETA visa is valid for three months right after issuing. The usual visa you’ll get is a double entry. Each entry allows you to stay for30 days. So with an interruption inbetween this would allow you to stay 60 days in Sri Lanka.

Visa fee

For citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan the fee is 15 USD.

For everyone else it is 30 USD. Children below the age of 12 don’t have to pay a fee.

Process at the immigration desk of airport or land boarder

With an ETA visa for Sri Lanka proceed to the immigration counter and have these documents ready:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival
  • Confirmed return or onward flight ticket
  • Proof of sufficient money for your stay


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